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Kristin Reimer is a lecturer in the Faculty of Education at Monash University, focusing on educational access, inclusive education and restorative justice. Her research focuses broadly on social engagement and relational approaches in education. She is particularly interested in the potential of approaches such as restorative justice to facilitate educational spaces characterized by mutuality rather than control. Kristin's research is often informed by the voices and experiences of young people most affected by the approaches she explores.

Kristin's Ph.D. thesis, entitled Restorative Justice as a Window into Relationships: Student Experiences of Social Control and Social Engagement in Scotland and Canada, was completed in 2015. This research was a multi-site case study focused on the experiences of Canadian elementary (Grades 5 and 6) and Scottish secondary (S1) students where the student experience of restorative justice was situated within particular school, regional and national contexts. Her study suggests that restorative justice in schools can be used as both a social control mechanism and as a tool of social engagement.

Research interests

Restorative approaches in education

Relational pedagogies

Cultural and social dynamics in schools

Teacher education

Social engagement vs. social control in schools

Student voice

Social justice and education

Research area keywords

  • Equity
  • Justice and social issues
  • Prejudice, conflict, exclusion and inclusion
  • Relationships
  • Social Control
  • Social justice and education
  • Teacher Education
  • Children's rights
  • Pedagogy
  • Community and School Relations
  • Educational Values
  • Restorative justice
  • Restorative approaches


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