About Professor Deb Hayes

Debra’s research is located in contexts where there are high levels of poverty and difference. Her research aims to improve the educational participation and achievements of young people who benefit the least from schooling. She draws upon transdisciplinary knowledge to describe the effects of marginalisation and examine how these are constituted by schooling practices.

Debra Hayes investigates the inequitable effects of schooling. She is committed to better and fairer education for all young people. Her co-authored books describe pedagogical, leadership and schooling practices that contribute to young people’s experiences and outcomes from schooling. She is the President of the Australian Association for Research in Education, 2019-2020.

In collaboration with Hon A/Prof Craig Campbell, Deb has recently completed a biography of Jean Blackburn (1919-2001), one of the key architects of the former Disadvantaged Schools Program that was funded by successive Australian Governments (1974-1996).
In collaboration with Professor Ruth Lupton (University of Machester), Deb is working on a book provisionally titled, Great Education Policy Mistakes, to be published by Policy Press. Their collaboration is supported by a Hallsworth Visiting Felllowship funded by the University of Manchester.


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Selected publications

  • Hayes, D., Talbot, D., Mayes, E. (2019). Diffractive accounts of inequality in education: Making the effects of differences evident. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, Online first. [More Information]
  • Campbell, C., Hayes, D. (2019). Jean Blackburn: Education, feminism and social justice. Clayton, VIC: Monash University Publishing.
  • Hayes, D. (2019). Making worlds, making justice and the responsibility to live justly on stolen land. In K. Freebody, S. Goodwin & H. Proctor (Eds.), Higher education, pedagogy and social justice: Politics and practice, (pp. 55-65). Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan. [More Information]
  • Welch, A., Connell, R., Mockler, N., Sriprakash, A., Proctor, H., Hayes, D., Foley, D., Vickers, M., Bagnall, N., Burns, K., Low, R., Groundwater-Smith, S. (2018). Education, Change and Society: Fourth Edition. Melbourne: Oxford University Press.
  • Hayes, D., Comber, B. (2018). Researching pedagogy in high poverty contexts: Implications of non-representational ontology. International Journal of Research and Method in Education, 41(4), 387-397. [More Information]
  • Lupton, R., Hayes, D. (2018). Think tanks and the pedagogical dispositions and strategies of socially critical researchers: A case study of inequalities in schooling. Policy Futures in Education, 16(2), 202-216. [More Information]