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Peter Gronn is an Emeritus Professor in the Faculty of Education at Monash University. Prior to that, he was Professor of Education at the University of Cambridge. During 2011-14, he was Head of Faculty. He was the deputy chair of governors of the University of Cambridge Primary School. Previously, he was Professor in Public Service, Educational Leadership and Management, Department of Educational Studies, University of Glasgow (2007-8). Prior to his arrival in the UK, he held a personal chair appointment as Professor of Education, Monash University (2003-7). While at Monash, he served as Associate Dean (Teaching) (1999-2000), and as Associate Dean (Development) (2002-2004) in the Faculty of Education. He also co-ordinated the Masters coursework degrees in leadership, as part of which he developed and extended the Faculty's teaching profile to the FE, police and corporate sectors, and to public sector professionals in Singapore.

Peter Gronn has had extensive research experience in government and non-government school systems, and with public sector agencies in Australia and the UK. He is a leading international scholar in the general field of leadership, and in educational and school leadership. In 2005-6 Peter acted as a consultant to the Australian Council for Educational Research on the project 'Standards for School Leadership' and in 2006-7 he co-authored the Country Background Report for Australia which formed part of the OECD international project on school leadership. He participated in a number of invited seminars and think tanks on leadership succession and development planning, and future directions in the field (e.g., Rockefeller Centre, Bellagio; National College for School Leadership; Centre for Creative Leadership, Greensboro; Leadership Foundation for Higher Education; NYU Wagner, Research Center for Leadership in Action.

Peter is the author of about 150 publications. A number of his recent writings have been on leadership configurations and new ways of mapping leadership practice. His most recent books are A University's Challenge: Cambridge's Primary School for the Nation (Cambridge University Press, 2016), co-edited with James Biddulph, and Just as I Am: A Life of J.R. Darling (Hardie Grant Books, 2017). Peter is a fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia and a fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (UK).

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

Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years

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  • Making sense of leaders making sense

    Gronn, P., 2020, Leader Thinking Skills: Capacities for Contemporary Leadership. Mumford, M. D. & Higgs, C. A. (eds.). 1st ed. New York NY USA: Routledge, p. 260-276 17 p.

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

    1 Citation (Scopus)
  • Instead of angels: leaders, leadership and longue durée

    Gronn, P., 2017, The Routledge Companion to Leadership. Storey, J., Hartley, J., Denis, J-L., Hart, P. . & Ulrich, D. (eds.). 1st ed. New York NY USA: Routledge, p. 89-103 15 p.

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

    2 Citations (Scopus)
  • The political economy of leadership

    Gronn, P., Vignoles, A. & Ilie, S., 2017, The Wiley International Handbook of Educational Leadership. Waite, D. & Bogotch, I. (eds.). 1st ed. Hoboken NJ USA: John Wiley & Sons, p. 175-192 18 p.

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

    1 Citation (Scopus)
  • Commentary: silos, bunkers and their voices

    Gronn, P., 2016, Questioning Leadership: New Directions for Educational Organisations. Lakomski, G., Eacott, S. & Evers, C. W. (eds.). 1st ed. Abingdon UK: Routledge, p. 192-201 10 p. (Foundations and Futures of Education).

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

    2 Citations (Scopus)
  • Fit for purpose no more?

    Gronn, P., 1 Oct 2016, In: Management in Education. 30, 4, p. 168-172 5 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

    19 Citations (Scopus)