Personal profile


Jane Wilkinson is Professor in Educational Leadership, Faculty of Education at Monash University. Jane is Lead Editor of the Journal of Educational Administration and History and a member of the Australian Council of Educational Leadership, Victorian executive.

Jane's research interests are in the areas of educational leadership for social justice, with a particular focus on refugee education, issues of gender and ethnicity; and theorising educational leadership as practice/praxis. She is a lead developer of the theory of practice architectures (Kemmis, Wilkinson, Edwards-Groves, Hardy, Grootenboer, & Bristol, 2014). She also draws on sociologist Pierre Bourdieu's work and the philosopher, Ted Schatzki. Jane has published widely in the areas of women and leadership, refugee students and theorising leadership as practice/praxis.

Her most recent publications include:

Educational leadership through a practice lens: Practice matters.

Wilkinson, J., & Kaukko, M. (2020). Educational leading as pedagogical love: The case for refugee education. International Journal of Leadership in Education, (23)1, 61-76.  doi:

 Jane is currently Chief Investigator of two Australian Research Council Discovery projects: Teacher capabilities in superdiverse societies (2021-2024) and School autonomy reform and social justice in Australian public education (2018-2022).

Research interests

  • Feminist theories of leadership
  • Leadership as practice, in particular practice architectures and praxis, and practice theorists Pierre Bourdieu and Theodore Schatzki
  • Leadership as social justice
  • Refugee education

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
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Research area keywords

  • Educational Leadership Studies
  • gender
  • Refugees
  • practice theory
  • Reimagining educational leadership
  • Educating for diversity and inclusion

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