Philip Roberts


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University of Canberra

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Philip is an Associate Professor in Curriculum Inquiry & Rural Education at the University of Canberra, where he convenes units across the fields of Educational Sociology and Curriculum Inquiry. Philip is the recipient of an Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Research Award (DECRA) 2020-2022 funded by the Australian Government. His major ongoing research focuses on place, the sustainability of rural communities, and the interests of the least powerful in our society. Philip’s work is situated within rural sociology, the sociology of knowledge, educational sociology and social justice and is informed by the spatial turn in social theory and sustainability. Philip is the research leader for the Rural Education and Communities research group.

Before joining the University of Canberra, in 2009, Philip was a classroom teacher and Head Teacher for 14 years in rural NSW Public High schools.  He has held various positions in the teachers’ union, curriculum board and teacher registration authority. He is the Chief Investigator for the project ‘Enhancing aspirations for STEM careers in rural, regional and remote communities’. Prior to this project Philip was chief investigator for the Towards Place Based Education in the Murray-Darling Basin project. He was the 2015 recipient of the bi-annual Australian Curriculum Studies Association-Pearson Colin Marsh award for the best paper in the preceding two years of the journal Curriculum Perspectives. In 2013 he was a recipient of the Vice Chancellors award for Teaching Excellence.  In 2017 he received the early career research excellence award for the social sciences. Philip was the national convener of the Rural Education Special Interest Group of the Australian Association for Research in Education 2015-18, and co-convenor 2013-15. He is an executive member of the Australian Curriculum Studies Association (2019-2022) and a member of the ACT Board of Senior Secondary Studies (2019-2022)

Philip is an Associate Editor of Curriculum Perspectives and was Chief Editor for the Australian and International Journal of Rural Education 2015-2018.  Philip received his PhD from Charles Sturt University, Australia. His Dissertation received the annual ‘best dissertation award’ from the American Educational Research Association Rural Special Interest Group.

Philip is an Adjunct Professor in the Institute for Education Research in Western China, Shaanxi Normal University, Xi’an, Shaanxi, China. In 2018 Philip was a visting scholar at the Centre for Rural Economy, at the University of Newcastle, United Kingdom and the with the Space and Time in Education Research Group, at the University of Tromso - The Artic University of Norway.

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PhD, Charles Sturt University

Award Date: 14 Dec 2016

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Framing Rural and Remote: Key Issues, Debates, Definitions & Positions in Constructing Rural and Remote Disadvantage

Roberts, P. & Guenther, J., 2021, (Accepted/In press) Ruraling Education Research: Connections between Rurality and the Disciplines of Educational Research. Springer

University of Canberra

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