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Fiona Longmuir (PhD), is a Lecturer in Educational Leadership in the Faculty of Education at Monash University. Fiona’s current research investigates interactions of school and system leadership with student engagement and agency. She explored this through her doctorate awarded by University of Melbourne in 2017 and is now interested in alternative settings for disengaged young people. Other current research interests are leading high needs schools, leadership for social cohesion and principal and teacher career development and retention.

Fiona teaches in the Master of Educational Leadership and leads the Graduate Certificate of Principal Preparation. She contributes to leadership programs for international school and system leaders. Fiona publishes on topics of leading schools in complex contexts, accountability, policy enactment and student agency in school change. Fiona also is the co-convenor of the Australian Association for Research in Education's Educational Leadership Special Interst Group.

For over ten years Fiona worked as Director of Research in Innovative Professional Practice at Educational Transformations. This role saw her lead and contribute to research projects that investigated education systems, school effectiveness and school leadership across Australia and around the world. Fiona also worked for over 15 years for the Victorian Department of Education and Training as a primary school teacher, curriculum and school leader, and leader of school networks.

Research area keywords

  • School Improvement & Effectiveness
  • School leadership
  • school reform
  • Social Cohesion in Australia
  • Leadership
  • Leadership Development
  • Leadership and professional learning
  • Innovation
  • School improvement and accountability
  • Principal Preparation
  • Principal Leadership
  • Community and School Relations
  • Student engagement


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