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Professor Suzanne Carrington

Faculty of Education,
Office of Education Research


Professor Suzanne Carrington
Assistant Dean (Research)
Faculty of Education,
Office of Education Research
Discipline *
Education Systems, Specialist Studies in Education
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PhD (University of Queensland), MEd (James Cook Uni. of North Qld), BEd (James Cook Uni. of North Qld), DipTeach (Griffith University)

Professional memberships
and associations

Member of Editorial Boards

  • International Journal of Inclusive Education


Reviewing for Editorial Boards

  • Teaching Education
  • Learning Support : A Journal of the Nat Assoc for Special Educational Needs (Britain)
  • International Journal of Disability, Development and Education
  • Canadian Journal of Education

Inclusive Education, Intellectual Disability, School Reform, Service-Learning, Student Voice

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008



Professor Suzanne Carrington is the Head of the School of Cultural and Professional Learning. She has conducted research and published in international journals in the areas of

  • inclusive culture
  • policy and practice
  • learning support
  • autistic spectrum disorder
  • teaching/professional development
  • service learning.
This information has been contributed by Professor Suzanne Carrington.


Suzanne is the Unit Coordinator for the Master of Education unit, LCN629 Inclusive Education: Theory, Policy and Practice. Suzanne also presents lectures in the Bachelor of Education units on inclusive education.

This information has been contributed by Professor Suzanne Carrington.



Suzanne Carrington was a teacher 1983-1993 and taught in special schools, primary and secondary schools in QLD, Australia and in London, UK. She worked as a Lecturer at the University of New England in Armidale, NSW before moving to Brisbane to take up the role of Lecturer at QUT. She completed her PhD at the University of QLD in 2000.

Suzanne was seconded from QUT in 2002-2004 to establish the Staff College, Inclusive Education in Education Queensland. In her role as Principal of the Staff College, she directed professional learning of staff in Education Queensland to support the development of a more inclusive approach to culture, policy and  practice. Suzanne`s leadership in this area engaged international visitors from Universities in Northern Ireland, Britain, New Zealand and the Ministry of Education in New Zealand .

Her leadership and service to Education Queensland involved:

  • Liaison with tertiary institutions, community groups, parent bodies, other government departments, the non-government sector and representatives within inclusive education networks at the state, national and international levels.
  • Identification and sharing of case studies of good practice in inclusive education on a state, national and international level.
  • Brokering and facilitating learning with an emphasis on developing creative and innovative solutions to the unique learning and development requirements of local communities, particularly those in rural and remote areas.
  • Ongoing development of new knowledge and understanding of professional learning and training initiatives with particular emphasis on evidence based practice.
  • Provision of strategic and policy advice to senior departmental officers on the effectiveness of current policies and practices for the delivery of adequate numbers of suitably trained staff and graduate teachers in the area of inclusive education.
  • Coordination of briefing material, papers and reports for the Minister for Education on issues related to learning and development in inclusive education.


Suzanne convened three significant conferences for Education Queensland between July 2003 and May 2004. Her leadership of these events enhanced a broad understanding of Inclusion with a focus on relationships of value and respect for all in a school community.

Suzanne was the Chairperson of the Non-School Organisations (NSO) Committee (2005-2010). The Non School Organisations Program provides government funding to help improve the educational opportunities, learning outcomes and personal development of children with a disability in Queensland. The committee had representation from Education Queensland, Queensland Catholic Education Commission, Independent Schools Queensland, relevant stakeholders and community groups.

Suzanne is a now Professor and Head of the School of Cultural and Professional Learning, Faculty of Education at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and has published in national and international journals in the areas of education for students who have disabilities, inclusive culture, policy and practice, and teaching/professional development for inclusive education.

Her publications are available http://eprints.qut.edu.au/view/person/Carrington,_Suzanne.html

She leads a number of research and consultancy programs in schools to develop a more inclusive approach to education for children who have disabilities.

Suzanne has been awarded over $2 million dollars in competitive research funding and is currently the Program Director of Program 2: Enhancing Learning and Teaching for the Autism CRC http://www.autismcrc.com.au/

Australian AID Development Work

Suzanne has led a number of Australian Aid Development and Research projects to progress inclusive education in developing countries such as Bhutan, Maldives, Solomon Islands, Fiji, Vanuatu, Samoa, and Indonesia over the last five years.

This information has been contributed by Professor Suzanne Carrington.


For more publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.


Awards and recognition

Advisor/Consultant for Industry
Reference year
I convened three significant conferences for Education Queensland between July 2003 and May 2004. Inclusive Culture and Practice in Schools Conference 21-22 July 2003, BrisbaneHeads of Special Education Services (HOSES) Connections 4-5 May 2004, NoosaSharing Success; Indigenous and Rural and Remote Education 24-25 May 2004, Cairns

Research projects

Grants and projects (Category 1: Australian Competitive Grants only)

Implementing and monitoring education policy and practices for people with disability in the South Pacific
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
Start year
Disability; Education; Inclusive Education; Professional Development
Ethical Leadership: A collaborative investigation of equity-driven evidence-based school reform
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
Start year
Leadership; Equity; Learning Outcomes; Data Accountability
The Transition to School for Young Children with Developmental Disabilities: The Impact of Interpersonal Relationships on Successful School Adjustment
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
Start year
Transition to School; Disability; Early Childhood; Inclusion; School Adjustment; School Engagement;
The Health of Adolescents with Intellectual Disability Study
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
Start year
Health Curriculum; Intellectual Disability