Louise has more than 30 years experience working with children across various settings, as an early childhood educator, storyteller, consultant, researcher and tertiary educator. Louise’s research interests include storytelling, children’s rights and citizenship, arts and rights based pedagogies and methodologies, decolonizing methodologies, sensation and place. In the last five years, Louise has been a Chief Investigator on grants funded by Queensland Department of Education and Training, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and Swedish Research Council and is one of 8 Australians to be a recipient of the highly prestigious Spencer Foundation New Civics Major Grants.

She has published more than 30 peer reviewed publications (most as lead author). Her co-authored book Research through, with and as storying(2018) with Wakka Wakka and Ngugi woman Professor Tracey Bunda is  Routledge’s second best research seller in Australia/ New Zealand region. And her just released book Young Children’s Community Building in Action: Embodied, Emplaced and Relational Citizenship  draws from the Spencer Foundation New Civics Major Grant funded study.

Louise was Convenor of Australian Association of Research in Education Qualitative Research Methodologies Special Interest Group from 2014-2018 and Editor of Practical Literacy: the early and primary years  (one of three Australian Literacy Educators Association journals) from 2014-2017. She has supervised more than 15 higher degree research studies to completion. 

  • storytelling
  • children’s rights and citizenship
  • arts based methodologies
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Childhood and Nature
Research Disciplines
  • 2017 - Special Services Award Australian Literacy Educators’ Association
  • 2015 - Walk21 Walking Visionary Jury Prize
  • 2013 - The University of Queensland Faculty of Social & Behavioural Sciences Innovation Award winner
  • 2008 - American Educational Research Association Critical Perspectives on Early Childhood Education Special Interest Group Scholarship
  • 2016 - The University of Queensland Humanities and Social Science Faculty Fellowship

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 14+ research outputs authored by Dr Louise Phillips from 2016 onwards.


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