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  • Vocational Education and Training (School based vocational learning, youth transitions, pathways for young people)
  • Comparative Education
  • Education policy, administration and management (Senior secondary education, education systems)



  • Kira Clarke is a Lecturer in Education Policy within the Melbourne Graduate School of Education. Since joining the University of Melbourne in early 2004 she has completed a range of government funded, consultancy and grant based research of post-compulsory education, Vocational Education and Training (VET) and youth transitions. Significant pieces of research include the Victorian Qualifications Authority (VQA) October Scanning Paper (2005), the Next Step survey for the Queensland Department of Education (2005, 2006), the Victorian On Track survey (2005-07), a national survey of TAFE Inclusiveness (2007-2008) for NCVER, a Review of Critical Skills for OTTE (2008), an examination of post-compulsory provision in northwestern Melbourne (2008-2009), a national study examining the Provision of Pastoral Care in Apprenticeships for the Joint DEECD/DIIRD Policy Unit on Youth Transitions (2009), an evaluation for La Trobe University of their aspiration building programs in disadvantaged northern Melbourne and regional Victorian schools (2010-2012), and a study of career exploration strategies for Women and Girls Into Non-Traditional Occupations and Industries, funded by 'economic Security 4 Women'.

    Kira is an emerging national expert of vocational education for young people and VET in Schools. Her work in this space includes her role as Research Fellow on an ARC Discovery Project tracking a cohort of VET in Schools students in three Australian states and she led the 'Entry to vocations' study of VET in Schools as part of a three year NCVER funded project. She is currently beginning research (2014-2015), funded through the competitive National Vocational Education and Training Research (NVETR) program and in partnership with the Brotherhood of St Laurence and researchers from Victoria University, examining the role of the private RTOs for early school leavers.

    Kira contributes to a range of teaching programs within the Melbourne Graduate School of E   


Member of

  • Australian College of Educators (ACE). Member 2014 -
  • Women in Adult and Vocational Education (WAVE). Member 2013 -
  • Australian Vocational Education and Training Research Association (AVETRA). Member 2009 -


Selected publications


Investigator on


Education and training

  • MEdPolicy(Int), University of Melbourne 2008
  • BA (Hons), Monash University 2005

Awards and honors

  • Co-recipient, ResearchMaster Award for Excellence in Research Management, Association for Tertiary Education Management/Campus Review, 2013
  • Most Outstanding Parliamentary Internship Award, Victorian Parliamentary Internship Program, 2002



Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • Kira is available to supervise co-supervise Master of Education students in areas relevant to her research interests.