Research Team

Associate Professor Anna Sullivan

Associate Professor Anna Sullivan the Director of Research for Educational and Social Inclusion Group at the University of South Australia. She is a leading expert in school discipline and is committed to investigating ways in which schools can be better places. A/Prof Sullivan was lead researcher of a major Australian research study investigating behaviour in schools. The findings from this research have led to a greater understanding of teachers’ views of student behaviour and how school leaders can enact behavior policy to support students in humane and caring ways. Her research has informed education policy and practice internationally.

Emeritus Professor Bruce Johnson

Emeritus Professor Bruce Johnson is an international expert in school discipline and classroom management. His research interests include human resilience, curriculum theory and development, school reform, classroom management, and sexuality education. He was a Chief Investigator on the Australian Research Council Linkage funded Behaviour at School Study

Professor Roger Slee

Professor Roger Slee is the Founding Editor of the International Journal of Inclusive Education published by Taylor and Francis. Roger's most recent book is ‘Inclusive Education isn’t Dead, it just smells funny’ (Routledge, 2018). Roger was formerly Deputy Director-General of Education Queensland. He has been adviser to governments and led consulting and development projects in Australia, England, Canada, New Zealand, India, Iraq, Kosovo, the Republic of Montenegro, Ethiopia, Singapore and Greece.

Professor Colleen McLaughlin 

Professor Colleen McLaughlin is Director of Education Innovation and leader of the Educational Reform and Innovation team in the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge, UK. Professor McLaughlin works with governments, foundations and other groups in countries such as Kazakhstan, Oman, Nigeria, China and Thailand. This international work involves promoting teacher development, policy and research. She has expertise in the counselling and care of young people, especially vulnerable children. Professor McLaughlin is collaborating on the Excluded Lives Project at Oxford University.

Dr Neil Tippett

Dr Neil Tippett is a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of South Australia, who completed his PhD at the University of Warwick in May 2015. His doctoral research examined school bullying from a socioecological perspective, identifying how individual behaviour and wider societal characteristics impacted on the likelihood of children being victimized or bullying others at school. Currently, his research interests include child safety, mental health, and student wellbeing and behaviour. Most recently he played a central role in reviewing and updating the National Safe Schools Framework, the Australia-wide document guiding how schools and communities can support the safety and wellbeing of their students. 

Jamie Manolev

Jamie Manolev is a PhD candidate at the University of South Australia undertaking research within the fields of classroom management and school discipline. His expertise is in discipline, classroom management and critical policy analysis. He has worked as a research assistant on two ARC Linkage projects: the Behaviour at School Study, and the Refugee Student Resilience Study.