Associate Professor Richard Niesche

Associate Professor Richard Niesche

Associate Professor

BA; Dip Mus; GradDipEd; MEd (Leadership); PhD (Education)

Arts, Design & Architecture
School of Education

Richard Niesche is an Associate Professor in the School of Education at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. His research interests include educational leadership, the principalship and social justice. His particular research focus is to use critical perspectives in educational leadership to examine the work of school principals in disadvantaged schools and how they can work towards achieving more socially just outcomes. He has published his research in a number of books and peer reviewed journals, and he is also the founding co-editor of the ‘Educational Leadership Theory’ book series with Springer. Recent books published include Social, Critical and Political Theories for Educational Leadership (2019, Springer, co-authored with Christina Gowlett); Theorising Identity and Subjectivity in Educational Leadership Research. (2020, Routledge, co-edited with Amanda Heffernan); and, Understanding Educational Leadership: Critical Perspectives and Approaches (2021, Bloomsbury, co-edited with Steve J. Courtney, Helen M. Gunter and Tina Trujillo).

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Keddie, A., Blackmore, J., Wilkinson, J., Gobby, B., Niesche, R. & Eacott, S. (2019-2023) School autonomy reform and social justice in Australian public education. ARC DP190100190 ($350,000)

Vass, G. & Niesche, R. 2015-2018 Culture, Curriculum, and Community Project funded by the Ian Potter Foundation ($120,000)

Niesche, R. (2018). Equity Review. Gonski Institute for Education UNSW Sydney ($10,000)

Niesche, R. (2014). FASS Research Grant ($5,000)

Niesche, R. (2014). UNSW Goldstar Award ($10,000)

Niesche, R. (2011-2013). University of Queensland Postdoctoral Research Fellow ($241,000)

2011 - 2013     University of Queensland Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

2009                Nominated for AARE Doctoral Thesis Award

2005 – 2007    University of Queensland Joint Research Scholarship (PhD)

Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE)

American Educational Research Association (AERA)

Educational Leadership SIG Co-Convenor 2013-2017 (AARE)

Editorial Boards: Leadership and Policy Quarterly, Journal of Educational Administration and History

Co-Editor: Educational Leadership Theory book series (Springer)

Vice-President NSW Institute for Educational Research 2016-2017

Member of Critical Educational Policy and Leadership Studies (CEPALS) Research Interest Group (BELMAS)

My Teaching

EDST5143 Critical Perspectives in Educational Leadership

EDST5438 Leadership Theory: Research and Practice

EDST5457 Literature Review (Educational Leadership)

EDST5035 Current Issues in Education 2