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Iris's publications and research projects contribute a critical childhood studies' perspective to early childhood education in Australia, New Zealand and internationally. She 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 curriculum, theory and policy in early childhood education. A particualr focus in her current work is sustainability and 'place' as a concept. She has been a Chief Investigator in two New Zealand externally funded projects (Teaching and Learning Research Initiative, NZ$420,000 total) and has supervised award winning theses (Best doctoral thesis in Education, 2013; best Masters’ thesis in Education, 2012, NZARE).

Research interests

Her currently completed 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 was a Chief Investigator in an ARC Linkage project that investigated play, imagination and relationality in early childhood. 




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

Research area keywords

  • Early childhood education and research methodoloy
  • sustainability
  • Early childhood curriculum
  • post-qualitative
  • Place-making
  • new materialisms
  • pedagogies
  • childhood
  • Professionalism
  • Reimagining educational leadership
  • Enhancing health and wellbeing
  • Transforming teaching and learning