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



  • Kira Clarke is a Research Fellow within the Education Policy and Leadership (EPL) unit of the Melbourne Graduate School of Education. Prior to joining EPLU in January 2010 she worked for five years at the Centre for Post-compulsory Education and Lifelong Learning (CPELL). Kira's work has included contributions to 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 Review of Critical Skills for OTTE (2008), an examination of post-compulsory provision in Melbourne (2008-2009), and a national study examining the Provision of Pastoral Care in Apprenticeships for the Joint DEECD/DIIRD Policy Unit on Youth Transitions. Most recently Kira completed work on an ARC Discovery Project tracking a cohort of VET in Schools students in three Australian states and she is currently conducting a study of VET in Schools as part of an three year NCVER funded project. Kira coordinates the subject Social & Professional Contexts (SPC) in the Postgraduate Diploma of Teaching (Teach for Australia) and teaches into SPC in the Master of Teaching program. Kira also coordinates the Negotiated Project subject within the Master of Education Policy (International). Kira is currently the higher education representative to the VCAA's Vocational Education Reference Group. Kira is in the final stages of her PhD, examining youth transitions and the role of the Victorian TAFE sector, under the supervision of Professor John Polesel and A/Professor Leesa Wheelahan.



Member of

  • 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



Available for supervision

  • Y