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Blake Cutler is a Researcher and PhD Candidate in the Faculty of Education. His research focuses on how young people’s experiences of schooling could be more engaging, equitable and inclusive. He is especially passionate about the use of research evidence in practice and addressing issues of social and educational injustice, with a particular focus on queer students and educators.

In service of these goals, Blake’s work draws on a variety of qualitative and quantitative methods from autoethnography to structural equation modeling. He currently contributes to three primary research activities within the Faculty of Education:

1. Monash Q Project

As a member of the Q Project team, Blake investigates how research evidence is used in schools, and how to support educators to better use that evidence in their practice. He has a particular interest in early-career teachers’ experiences of joining the profession and what it means to be a ‘research engaged’ educator.

2. Centre for Youth Policy and Education Practice (CYPEP)

Blake is an inaugural member of the CYPEP research team. In this role, he explores sociocultural and pedagogical issues within educational practice, especially in relation to young people’s gender and sexual identities, career aspirations and experiences of schooling in general. He is also a co-investigator on a project with Prof. Lucas Walsh and Assoc. Prof. Libby Tudball investigating young people's environmental activism on social media. 

3. Initial Teacher Education and LGBTIQ-inclusion

Blake is a co-investigator on a longitudinal research project exploring how we can best support pre-service and early-career teachers to adopt LGBTIQ-inclusive pedagogies. He explores the interrelationships between identity, sexuality and practice as well as how we can better foster inclusive cultures in educational institutions.  

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Alongside his research, Blake is a practicing Primary Music Teacher at a Government IB PYP school in South-East Melbourne. He aims to bring a strong practitioner focus to his research work.


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education

Education/Academic qualification

Educational Research, Graduate Certificate of Educational Research, Monash University

1 Jul 202029 Dec 2020

Award Date: 1 Mar 2021

Education, Bachelor of Secondary Education (Honours), Monash University

29 Feb 20166 Dec 2019

Award Date: 13 May 2020

Music, Bachelor of Music, Monash University

29 Feb 20166 Dec 2019

Award Date: 13 May 2020

Research area keywords

  • Quality use of research evidence
  • Critical qualitative studies
  • Teacher education
  • Queer theory
  • LGBTIQ-inclusive education
  • Sexuality, identity and teaching
  • Mixed methods research
  • Gender, sexuality and masculinity
  • Autoethnography
  • Pragmatism


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