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Personal profile

Community service

Between 2009 and 2015 Chris was the Director of IRECE conference (International Research in Early Childhood Education).

The first IRECE conference was held in the Republic of Ghana in January 2012, in collaboration with University of Cape Coast.

The second IRECE conference was successfully held in collaboration with the Universidad Diego Portales in January 2014 in Santiago Chile.

Chris is a registered expert and member of the UNESCO Inclusive Policy Lab.


Team member 2010-2011: Contemporary Child Development Theory for Early Childhood Educators (DEECD/Bastow Institute Victorian State Government)

Leader 2011: Contemporary Child Development Theory for Policy Makers and Program Officers (DEECD/Bastow Institute Victorian State Government)

Leader/Team member 2011-12: Qualitative and Quantitative Baseline Evaluations of Commonwealth implementation of the Early Years Learning Framework (DEEWR, Australian Commonwealth Government).

Research interests

Chris' current research explores educational policy concepts. He is interested in the cultural and economic forces that uphold or disrupt the formation of education and family policy in a global marketplace.

His expertise includes:

Psychoanalytic theory; epistemology; phenomenology and ontology; gender and sexuality; aesthetics; history of education; philosophy of education.

Chris' work involves the deconstruction of concepts that are foundational to education and the family.

He has recently completed a book about the intersection between education and econmic policy, focusing on the debate about class size.

Supervision interests

Chris has supervised students in research about the arts in education; early childhood policy; history and philosophy of education.

Monash teaching commitment

2015: EDF3008; EDF4122

EDF 5181 EDF5182 [Visual Arts and Design for secondary pre-service teachers in the Master of Secondary Teaching]


Chris was a visual arts teacher between 2001 and 2006 in primary and secondary schools in NSW. He completed a BA in visual art at what is now the College of Fine Arts in UNSW between 1982 and 1984; he worked in a range of jobs and was a part-time political activist until he returned to study in 1995, completing a B Art Education with Honours in 1998. Chris then undertook a PhD on the history of art teacher education in Australia, graduating in 2003. He has worked at Monash since 2007, across the early childhood, primary and secondary programs, with special responsibility for the method Visual Arts for secondary teachers. Chris is currently undertaking his second doctorate at Macquarie University, on conceptions of the family in Western philosophy.

Research area keywords

  • Education Policy
  • Visual Arts
  • education philosophy
  • economics of education
  • curriculum theory


Research Output

The deconstructed ethics of Martin Heidegger, or, the university sous rature

Peers, C., 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Educational Philosophy and Theory. 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Belonging and language

Peers, C., 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Global Studies of Childhood. 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Policy Analysis and Document Research

Peers, C., 2018, International Handbook of Early Childhood Education. Fleer, M. & van Oers, B. (eds.). Springer, p. 203-224 22 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review

1 Citation (Scopus)

The spectral educationist

Peers, C., 2018, In : Educational Philosophy and Theory. 50, 14, p. 1352-1353 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleOtherpeer-review


Australasian Society for Continental Philosophy (External organisation)

Chris Peers (Member)

29 Mar 201629 Mar 2017

Activity: Industry, Government and Philanthropy Engagement and PartnershipsMembership of an advisory panel/policy group/ board

Reviewer - Submitted Manuscripts

Chris Peers (Member)


Activity: External Academic EngagementPeer review panel or committee

International Research in Early Childhood Education

Megan Adams (Organiser), & Chris Peers (Organiser)

2014 → …

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to conference

Australasian Society for Continental Philosophy

Chris Peers (Member)

1 Jun 20131 Jun 2020

Activity: External Academic EngagementExternal research organisation, centre or institute

Peer Review of Submitted Manuscripts

Chris Peers (Member)


Activity: External Academic EngagementPeer review panel or committee

Press / Media

Live invited interview “ALDI banning Roald Dahl children’s books”.

Chris Peers


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Profile/Interview

How the cottage industries in class ideology did themselves in.

Chris Peers


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

“Parties Fail to Address Childcare”; Invited commentary.

Chris Peers


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

“Childcare Wage Reforms Stop Short of Real Change.”

Chris Peers


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment