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Professor Suzanne Carrington
Faculty of CI, Education & Social Justice,
School of Early Childhood & Inclusive Education
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


Suzanne is a Professor in The Centre for Inclusive Education (C4IE) and a member of the Faculty of Creative Industries, Education and Social Justice. Suzanne’s areas of expertise are in inclusive education, ethical leadership for inclusive schools, disability and teacher preparation for inclusive schools. She has engaged in research to inform policy and practice in Australian and international education contexts. She has published over 90 journal publications, books, book chapters and research reports. She is currently the Program Director of Program 2: The School Years for The Cooperative Research Centre for Living with Autism (Autism CRC).

Her work appears in leading international journals including Autism, Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review, Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology, Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, BMC Public Health, Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice.

Her work has also been cited in numerous reports and policy recommendations such as

  • World Report on Disability 2011, by the World Health Organization
  • Inclusion in Education towards equality for students with disability: policy recommendations written with Children with Disability Australia 2013
  • Engaging young early school leavers in vocational training: Informing Policy and Practice in Australia’s Training System, an NCVER Research Report
  • Literature review: Student-centred schools make the difference, Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership.


This information has been contributed by Professor Suzanne Carrington.


Suzanne contributes to teaching in the areas of inclusive education at QUT. In addition, Suzanne leads and contributes to a range of international teaching programs in the Pacific Islands and South West Asia to support inclusive culture, policy and practice in schools.

For example, we have conducted programs in Maldives, Bhutan, Nepal, China, Indonesia, Philippines, and in Fiji, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, and Vanuatu.


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.

This information has been contributed by Professor Suzanne Carrington.


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

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


Current supervisions

    PhD, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Professor Linda Graham
  • Factors that Influence Teachers' Classroom Practices in Supporting Students on the Autism Spectrum in Mainstream Settings
    PhD, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Associate Professor Beth Saggers

Completed supervisions (Doctorate)

Completed supervisions (Masters by Research)