Organisation School of Education, UNSW Sydney
Dr Meghan Stacey is a lecturer in the sociology of education and education policy in the School of Education at UNSW Sydney, serving as Deputy Program Director of the Bachelor of Education and Director of First Year Experience, and teaching across the Bachelor of Education and Master of Educational Leadership programs. A former teacher with the NSW Department of Education, Meghan worked primarily in rural NSW teaching high school English and drama. Her doctoral research, completed with the University of Sydney in 2018, explored the work of early career teachers across diverse school contexts subject to market segmentation. During her time as a doctoral candidate Meghan taught extensively within both the Bachelor of Education and Masters of Teaching at the University of Sydney, and in 2017 was the recipient of a Faculty of Education and Social Work Excellence in Teaching Award. Today, Meghan’s primary research interests are in the politics of educational inequality, and the systems and practices of Australian schooling which can actively create, reinforce, or disrupt it. In particular, her work focuses on the relationship between education policy and the construction, experiences and strategies of people, especially teachers, working in and around schools. This has included a focus on teachers’ and principals’ work and employment conditions, explored in collaborative research conducted in conjunction with the NSW Teachers Federation. In May 2020, Meghan was part of a team awarded an Australian Research Council Linkage Grant working with the Queensland Teachers Union to explore time use and time poverty in teachers’ work. Meghan regularly attends and presents at both domestic and international conferences, including the Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) conference and European Conference on Educational Research (ECER), and currently serves as Coordinating Associate Editor for The Australian Educational Researcher. She has published numerous journal articles and book chapters across a range of well-regarded international publications. Her first book, The business of teaching: becoming a teacher in a market of schools was published in February of 2020 with Palgrave Macmillan.