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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, leading in times of crisis and principal and teacher career development and retention.

Fiona teaches in the Master of Educational Leadership in units focused on social justice and leading educational change. She was the program leader for the Graduate Certificate of Principal Preparation from 2019-2021. She also 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.

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 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

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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