Dr Meghan Stacey
Senior Lecturer

Dr Meghan Stacey

PhD, BEd (Hons 1), BA - The University of Sydney


Arts,Design & Architecture
School of Education

Dr Meghan Stacey is a Senior Lecturer in the UNSW School of Education, researching in the fields of the Sociology of Education and Education Policy. Taking a particular interest in teachers, her research considers how teachers’ work is framed by policy, as well as the effects of such policy for those who work with, within and against it. Meghan completed her PhD with the University of Sydney in 2018. Before this, she worked for a number of years as an English and Drama teacher in public secondary schools in NSW, in particular in the Riverina region. 


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  • Books | 2022
    Bagnall N; Burns K; Cuervo H; Foley D; Groundwater-Smith ; Harwood V; Low R; Mockler N; Proctor H; Rawlings V; Stacey M; Wilson B; Wood J, 2022, Education, Change and Society
    Books | 2020
    Stacey M, 2020, The Business of Teaching Becoming a Teacher in a Market of Schools, Springer Nature
  • Book Chapters | 2022
    Mockler N; Stacey M, 2022, 'Teachers', in Education, Change and Society, Oxford University Press
    Book Chapters | 2022
    Stacey M; Mockler N, 2022, 'School systems and school choice', in Education, Change and Society, Oxford University Press
    Book Chapters | 2021
    Gavin M; McGrath-Champ S; Wilson R; Fitzgerald S; Stacey M, 2021, 'Teacher Workload in Australia', in New Perspectives on Education for Democracy, Routledge, pp. 110 - 123, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9781003145806-11
    Book Chapters | 2021
    Gavin M; McGrath-Champ S; Wilson R; Fitzgerald S; Stacey M, 2021, 'Teacher workload in Australia: National reports of intensification and its threats to democracy', in Riddle S; Heffernan A; Bright D (ed.), New Perspectives on Education for Democracy: Creative Responses to Local and Global Challenges, Routledge, London, pp. 110 - 123, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9781003145806
    Book Chapters | 2020
    McGrath-Champ S; Gavin M; Stacey M, 2020, 'Strategy and policy: the 'professionalisation' of teaching and the work of an Australian teachers' union', in Lansbury RD; Johnson A; van den Broek D (ed.), Contemporary issues in work and organisations: actors and institutions, Routledge, Abingdon, pp. 110 - 126, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9780429439919
    Book Chapters | 2018
    Hayes D; Stacey M, 2018, 'Ethnographies in education: Misunderstandings and new developments', in Gannon S; Hattam R; Sawyer W (ed.), Resisting Educational Inequality Reframing Policy and Practice in Schools Serving Vulnerable Communities, pp. 203 - 213
    Book Chapters | 2017
    Forsey M; Proctor H; Stacey M, 2017, 'A most poisonous debate: Legitimizing support for Australian private schools', in Koinzer T; Nikolai R; Waldow F (ed.), Private Schools and School Choice in Compulsory Education Global Change and National Challenge, Springer, pp. 49 - 66
  • Journal articles | 2022
    Gavin M; McGrath-Champ S; Stacey M; Wilson R, 2022, 'Women’s participation in teacher unions: Implications of a ‘triple burden’ for union gender equality strategies', Economic and Industrial Democracy, vol. 43, pp. 830 - 852, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0143831X20958481
    Journal articles | 2022
    Gavin M; Stacey M, 2022, 'Enacting autonomy reform in schools: The re-shaping of roles and relationships under Local Schools, Local Decisions', Journal of Educational Change, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10833-022-09455-5
    Journal articles | 2022
    Keddie A; MacDonald K; Blackmore J; Boyask R; Fitzgerald S; Gavin M; Heffernan A; Hursh D; McGrath-Champ S; Møller J; O’Neill J; Parding K; Salokangas M; Skerritt C; Stacey M; Thomson P; Wilkins A; Wilson R; Wylie C; Yoon ES, 2022, 'What needs to happen for school autonomy to be mobilised to create more equitable public schools and systems of education?', Australian Educational Researcher, pp. 1 - 27, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s13384-022-00573-w
    Journal articles | 2022
    McGrath-Champ S; Fitzgerald S; Gavin M; Stacey M; Wilson R, 2022, 'Labour Commodification in the Employment Heartland: Union Responses to Teachers’ Temporary Work', Work, Employment and Society, pp. 095001702110698 - 095001702110698, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/09500170211069854
    Journal articles | 2022
    McGrath-Champ S; Gavin M; Stacey M; Wilson R, 2022, 'Collaborating for policy impact: Academic-practitioner collaboration in industrial relations research', Journal of Industrial Relations, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/00221856221094887
    Journal articles | 2022
    Stacey M, 2022, 'Deficit discourses and teachers’ work: the case of an early career teacher in a remote Indigenous school', Critical Studies in Education, vol. 63, pp. 64 - 79, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17508487.2019.1650383
    Journal articles | 2022
    Stacey M, 2022, 'Pre-service teachers’ views of schools as workplaces in a system of social, cultural and religious division: to be “selfish” or to be a “hero”?', Educational Review, pp. 1 - 18, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00131911.2022.2027347
    Journal articles | 2022
    Stacey M; Fitzgerald S; Wilson R; McGrath-Champ S; Gavin M, 2022, 'Teachers, fixed-term contracts and school leadership: toeing the line and jumping through hoops', Journal of Educational Administration and History, vol. 54, pp. 54 - 68, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00220620.2021.1906633
    Journal articles | 2022
    Stacey M; Gavin M; Gerrard J; Hogan A; Holloway J, 2022, 'Teachers and Educational Policy: Markets, Populism, and Im/Possibilities for Resistance', EDUCATION POLICY ANALYSIS ARCHIVES, vol. 30, http://dx.doi.org/10.14507/epaa.30.7407
    Journal articles | 2021
    McMahon S; Stacey M; Harwood V; Labib N; Wong A; Daniels-Mayes S, 2021, 'Exploring students’ metaphors for learning in Western Sydney schools', Critical Studies in Education, pp. 1 - 18, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17508487.2021.1943476
    Journal articles | 2021
    Mills M; Mockler N; Stacey M; Taylor B, 2021, 'Teachers’ orientations to educational research and data in England and Australia: implications for teacher professionalism', Teaching Education, vol. 32, pp. 77 - 98, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10476210.2020.1843617
    Journal articles | 2021
    Mills M; Mockler N; Stacey M; Taylor B, 2021, '‘The village and the world’: research with, for and by teachers in an age of data', Teaching Education, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10476210.2020.1868141
    Journal articles | 2021
    Mockler N; Stacey M, 2021, 'Evidence of teaching practice in an age of accountability: when what can be counted isn’t all that counts', Oxford Review of Education, vol. 47, pp. 170 - 188, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03054985.2020.1822794
    Journal articles | 2020
    Parding K; McGrath-Champ S; Stacey M, 2020, 'Governance reform in context: Welfare sector professionals’ working and employment conditions', Current Sociology, pp. 001139212090985 - 001139212090985, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0011392120909859
    Journal articles | 2020
    Stacey M; Talbot D; Buchanan J; Mayer D, 2020, 'The development of an Australian teacher performance assessment: lessons from the international literature', Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, vol. 48, pp. 508 - 519, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1359866X.2019.1669137
    Journal articles | 2020
    Stacey M; Wilson R; McGrath-Champ S, 2020, 'Triage in teaching: the nature and impact of workload in schools', Asia Pacific Journal of Education, pp. 1 - 14, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02188791.2020.1777938
    Journal articles | 2019
    McGrath-Champ S; Stacey M; Wilson R; Fitzgerald S; Rainnie A; Parding K, 2019, 'Principals’ support for teachers’ working conditions in devolved school settings: Insights from two Australian States', Educational Management Administration and Leadership, vol. 47, pp. 590 - 605, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1741143217745879
    Journal articles | 2019
    Stacey M, 2019, '‘If you’re wrong for the place you just don’t survive’: examining the work of early career teachers in context', Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice, vol. 25, pp. 404 - 417, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13540602.2019.1621828
    Journal articles | 2018
    Fitzgerald S; McGrath-Champ S; Stacey M; Wilson R; Gavin M, 2018, 'Intensification of teachers’ work under devolution: A ‘tsunami’ of paperwork', Journal of Industrial Relations, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0022185618801396
    Journal articles | 2018
    Fitzgerald S; Stacey M; McGrath-Champ S; Parding K; Rainnie A, 2018, 'Devolution, market dynamics and the Independent Public School initiative in Western Australia: ‘winning back’ what has been lost?', Journal of Education Policy, vol. 33, pp. 662 - 681, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02680939.2017.1412502
    Journal articles | 2017
    Parding K; McGrath-Champ S; Stacey M, 2017, 'Teachers, school choice and competition: Lock-in effects within and between sectors', Policy Futures in Education, vol. 15, pp. 113 - 128, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1478210316688355
    Journal articles | 2017
    Stacey M, 2017, 'The teacher "problem': an analysis of the NSW education policy Great Teaching, Inspired Learning', DISCOURSE-STUDIES IN THE CULTURAL POLITICS OF EDUCATION, vol. 38, pp. 782 - 793, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01596306.2016.1168778
    Journal articles | 2016
    Stacey M, 2016, 'Middle-class parents' educational work in an academically selective public high school', CRITICAL STUDIES IN EDUCATION, vol. 57, pp. 209 - 223, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17508487.2015.1043312
  • Other | 2020
    McGrath-Champ S; Wilson R; Stacey M; Fitzgerald S; Gavin M, 2020, Valuing the Teaching Profession Inquiry - Submission from the Teachers’ Work in Schools Research Team, https://espace.curtin.edu.au/handle/20.500.11937/80327
    Other | 2020
    Wilson R; Stacey M; McGrath-Champ S, 2020, Teachers’ work during the COVID-19 pandemic: Shifts, challenges and opportunities, Centre for Strategic Education, Melbourne, Victoria, https://www.cse.edu.au/content/teachers%E2%80%99-work-during-covid-19-pandemic-shifts-challenges-and-opportunities
    Reports | 2019
    Fitzgerald S; McGrath-Champ S; Wilson R; Stacey M, 2019, Understanding Work in WA Public Schools: 2019 Report to the State School Teachers Union of WA
    Other | 2019
    McGrath-Champ S; Wilson R; Fitzgerald S; Stacey M; Gavin M; Parding K, 2019, Submission to: Valuing Australia’s teachers: Parliamentary Inquiry into the status of the teaching profession, https://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/House/Employment_Education_and_Training/TeachingProfession/Submissions
    Reports | 2018
    McGrath-Champ S; Wilson R; Stacey M; Fitzgerald S, 2018, Understanding work in schools: The foundation for teaching and learning, https://ses.library.usyd.edu.au/handle/2123/21926
    Reports | 2017
    McGrath-Champ S; Wilson R; Stacey M, 2017, Teaching and learning: Review of workload, https://ses.library.usyd.edu.au/handle/2123/21927
    Other | 2016
    Fitzgerald S; McGrath-Champ S; Wilson R; Stacey M; Rainnie A; Parding K, 2016, Submission to: Education and Health Standing Committee Inquiry into the Department of Education's Independent Public Schools Initiative, http://www.parliament.wa.gov.au/Parliament/commit.nsf/(Evidence+Lookup+by+Com+ID)/4B96A0397DA4400748257FB80026BC50/$file/18.pdf


Australian Research Council Linkage Project, 2021-2024, $232,347 - Co-Chief Investigator

'Time use, time poverty and teachers' work', Associate Professor Greg Thompson, Dr Anna Hogan, Associate Professor Nicole Mockler and Dr Meghan Stacey

UNSW School of Education Research Grants funding, 2021, $8327 - Chief Investigator

'Teachers and religion in NSW schools', Dr Meghan Stacey

UNSW School of Education Research Grants funding, 2019, $5000 - Chief Investigator

'Graduate school choice and initial teacher education', Dr Meghan Stacey


NSW Teachers Federation, 2018, $120 000 - Co-Chief Investigator

'Understanding work in schools: the foundation for teaching and learning', Associate Professor Susan McGrath-Champ, Dr Rachel Wilson, Dr Meghan Stacey, Dr Scott Fitzgerald

NSW Teachers Federation, 2017, $50 000 - Co-Chief Investigator

'Teaching and learning: review of workload', Associate Professor Susan McGrath-Champ, Dr Rachel Wilson, Meghan Stacey

Early Career Researcher Award, Australian Association for Research in Education, 2020

New Voice Scholar in Educational Leadership Research, ACEL, 2020

Excellence in Teaching Award, University of Sydney, 2016

Institute for Educational Research (IER) grant to attend the European Conference on Educational Research (ECER) in Dublin, Ireland, 2016

Best Research Paper Award, University of Sydney Research Students' Forum, Faculty of Education and Social Work, 2015

Postgraduate scholarship for attendance at the Association of Industrial Relations Academics Australia and New Zealand (AIRAANZ) conference in Auckland, New Zealand, 2015

Australian Postgraduate Award, 2014-2017

G. S. Caird Scholarship for Most Proficient Student in Bachelor of Education II, University of Sydney, 2007

NSW Department of Education and Training Teacher Education Scholarship, 2005-2010


Blog Posts

  • Stacey, M. (2019, July 22). Teachers also are affected by the ‘school choice’ policies dividing Australia [blog post]. Retrieved from https://www.aare.edu.au/blog/?p=4224&fbclid=IwAR0Mskuhanjyne1HN7EihhimQDUlgVl8uDSuMnxWqqhB5dmg6YI_paq9hu8
  • Mockler, N. & Stacey, M. (2019, March 18). What’s good ‘evidence-based’ practice for classrooms? We asked the teachers, here’s what they said [blog post]. Retrieved from https://www.aare.edu.au/blog/?p=3844
  • Sattin-Bajaj, C., Stacey, M. & Thomas, M. (2019, February 27). How do school choice and funding work in Australia? [blog post] Retrieved from https://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/rick_hess_straight_up/2019/02/how_do_school_choice_and_funding_work_in_australia.html


Editorial Work

Meghan currently serves as the Coordinating Associate Editor for the Australian Educational Researcher (AER). 


Meghan regularly reviews for academic journals including:

  • Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education
  • Critical Studies in Education
  • Journal of Education Policy
  • Asia Pacific Journal of Education
  • Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education
  • Compare
  • Policy Futures in Education 
  • Journal of Curriculum Studies

My Research Supervision

  • Therese Gawthorne (joint), 'An investigation into factors facilitating and inhibiting workplace satisfaction and the mental wellbeing of staff in New South Wales (NSW) public schools'
  • Matthew Leeds (secondary), 'Evaluating individual contributing elements in the return on Australian University based preparation and development Educational Leadership programmes'
  • Pascale Drever (secondary), 'Evaluating the effectiveness of a whole-school approach to student wellbeing on teacher wellbeing'
  • Caitlin Senior (secondary), 'Equity in education in Australia and Canada: Comparative analysis of two jurisdictions'

My Teaching


  • EDST1104 - Social Perspectives in Education
  • EDST5451 - Educational Policy: Theory and Practice
  • EDST5457 - Literature Review