Iris Duhn

Assoc Professor

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Iris grew up in Germany, and her first qualification as an educator in Germany led to work in early childhood education. After immigrating to New Zealand, her postgraduate studies explored research in the sociology of gender, which eventually led to doctoral studies with a focus on the sociology of childhood. Iris's publications and research projects contribute a critical childhood studies' perspective to early childhood education in Australia, New Zealand and internationally. Iris has extensive experience in early years' research, supervision, teaching, administration and course design, at graduate and postgraduate level. She supervises Masters and Doctoral students.

Her research focuses on qualitative methodologies that engage critically with theory, policy and practice in education, specifically early childhood education. She is interested in globalisation and sustainability, in 'place' as a concept, and in new materialism and post-qualitative methodologies.  

Research interests

Her current research includes an ARC funded project that investigates sustainability and literacy in early childhood, with emphasis on children's meaning making and 'place'. This project works with post-qualitative methodologies and new materialism to create innovative pedagogies for early years' sustainability and literacy learning. 

Iris is also Chief Investigator in an ARC Linkage that investigates play, imagination and relationality in early childhood. 





  • critical childhood studies
  • sustainability
  • politics of curriculum and professionalism
  • post-qualitative
  • 'place'
  • new materialisms
  • pedagogies

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Projects 2013 2018

Research Output 2006 2018

Governing Childhood

Duhn, I. 2018 International Handbook of Early Childhood Education. Fleer, M. & van Oers, B. (eds.). Springer, Vol. 1, p. 33-46 14 p.

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

Cosmopolitics of place: Towards multispecies living in precarious times

Duhn, I. 2017 Reimagining sustainability education in precarious times. Malone, K., Truong, S. & Gray, T. (eds.). 1 ed. Singapore: Springer, p. 45-57 12 p.

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

Performing data

Duhn, I. Sep 2017 Disrupting Data in Qualitative Inquiry: Entanglements with the Post-Critical and Post-Anthropocentric. Koro-Ljungberg, M., Löytönen, T. & Tesar, M. (eds.). New York NY USA: Peter Lang Publishing, p. 11-21 11 p. (Post-Anthropocentric Inquiry; vol. 1)

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

The Relational Agency Framework as a tool for supporting the establishment, maintenance and development of multidisciplinary networks of professionals

Fleer, M., Duhn, I. & Harrison, L. 2017 Working relationally in and across practices: A cultural-historical approaches to collaboration . Edwards, A. (ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, p. 209-227 16 p.

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

Troubling the intersections of urban/nature/childhood in environmental education

Duhn, I., Malone, K. & Tesar, M. 2017 In : Environmental Education Research. 23, 10, p. 1357-1368 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Activities 2017 2017

  • 1 Peer review responsibility

Environmental Education Research (Journal)

Duhn, I. (Peer reviewer)
2017 → …

Activity: Peer review responsibility