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Biography

Sue Webb is a Professor of Education at Monash University. Her current research includes the following:

1. 'Geographical and regional dimensions of social inclusion: the role of education and training'. This program of work includes a project on skilled migration in regional Australia and the role of education and training in the social inclusion of skilled migrants, especially women. The program of research is funded by the National Council for Vocational Education and Training (NCVER);

2. Vocational transitions in further and higher education: the role of vocational qualifications in widening participation in England. This project is examining the effect of a policy initiative in England to widen participation through the establishment of Lifelong Learning Networks comprising partnerships between further and higher education institutions.

Until late 2010 Sue Webb was Professor of Continuing Education and Director of the Institute for Lifelong Learning at the University of Sheffield, UK. She is known internationally for her research and leadership in the field of adult education and lifelong learning where she has published, lectured and provided external advice to a number of universities in the UK and in New Zealand. Specifically, she has researched the policy effects and practices related to widening access and participation of disadvantaged students in the field of lifelong learning and further and higher education in the UK. This research has been variously funded by UK government organisations and education funding agencies. Her theoretical contribution has been to develop insights into the concepts of learning identities and careers as a way of understanding risk choice and agency in decision-making and learner transitions between school, college, university and employment. Through this her work has contributed to policy development at institutional, and national and European level where she has been employed as an expert in relation to European Union research on migration, language learning and ICT. She has also held strategic leadership roles in Lifelong Learning and Widening Participation for the University of Sheffield and between 2006-10 directed work for the Lifelong Learning Network Higher Futures to ensure regional development, institutional change and increased vocational learner progression through partnership working between 10 further education colleges and 2 higher education institutions.
Professor Webb's research has been widely published in the academic arena and in various books and resources aimed at practitioners, as well as researchers. Currently, she is co-editor of the International Journal of Lifelong Education. Through her role as journal editor and her membership of Learned Societies she regularly acts as peer reviewer for scientific committees, such as the Society for Research in Higher Education (SRHE) and the Standing Conference for University Teaching and Research in the Education of Adults (SCUTREA), for various adult and lifelong learning and gender focused education journals, as well as, for funders such as the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC, UK). She is also an editorial board member for the journals Studies in the Education of Adults and Teaching in Higher Education. She has also served for on the executive of the Universities Association for Lifelong Learning (UALL), and between 2008-10 in the UK she was elected chair of the South Yorkshire Aim Higher Area Partnership Committee, reporting to the English national funding council on strategic funding allocation and activity for widening participation in all schools, further education colleges and universities in the sub-region.

Research interests

  • Higher education and lifelong learning - policy analysis and effects on systems, staff and students
  • Access, participation and social inclusion in tertiary education
  • Learning cultures, learning identities and learning careers
  • Learning transitions - school, tertiary education and employment
  • Work-based learning, workforce development and skill utilisation
  • Gender, migration and learning
  • Gender, work and organisations

Keywords

  • Higher education and lifelong learning
  • policy analysis and effects on systems, staff and students
  • Access, participation and social inclusion in tertiary education
  • Learning cultures, learning identities and learning careers
  • Learning transitions - school, tertiary education and employment
  • Work-based learning, workforce development and skill utilisation
  • Gender, migration and learning
  • Gender, work and organisations

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Projects 2011 2020

Research Output 2006 2019

Acknowledging the head, heart, hands and feet: research with refugees and people seeking asylum in higher education

Reimer, K., Kaukko, M., Dunwoodie, K., Wilkinson, J. & Webb, S., May 2019, In : Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning. 21, 2, p. 190-208 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Education governance in the Asia-Pacific: exceptionalism, continuity and change

Webb, S., 2019, Asia-Pacific Education: Leadership, Governance and Administration. Fernandes, V. & Chan, P. W. K. (eds.). 1st ed. Charlotte NC USA: Information Age Publishing, p. 93-102 10 p. (Leadership, Schools, and Change).

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

Unsettling equity frames in Australian universities to embrace people seeking asylum

Webb, S., Dunwoodie, K. & Wilkinson, J., Jan 2019, In : International Journal of Lifelong Education. 38, 1, p. 103-120 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Adult education, mental health and mental wellbeing

Waller, R., Hodge, S., Holford, J., Milana, M. & Webb, S., 4 Jul 2018, In : International Journal of Lifelong Education. 37, 4, p. 397-400 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorialOtherpeer-review

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Economic theory, neoliberalism and the interests of educators

Hodge, S., Holford, J., Milana, M., Waller, R. & Webb, S., 4 May 2018, In : International Journal of Lifelong Education. 37, 3, p. 279-282 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorialOtherpeer-review

Open Access
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