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Professor Ninetta Santoro

Department Chair, Education


Ninetta Santoro joined the Faculty of Health, Arts and Design at Swinburne University of Technology in June 2017. She is a Professor of Education and the Chair of the Department of Education. She began her career as a secondary school teacher and teacher in the adult migrant education sector. She has previously held positons at Deakin University and at Charles Sturt University where she was the Head of the School of Teacher Education. Her most recent position was at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow where she held a Chair of Education and was Director of Research in the School of Education.

Ninetta’s work is underpinned by a commitment to social justice and seeks to understand the reproduction of inequality through the political, social and cultural effects of schooling. Thus, her research is concerned with broad and intersecting themes: educational and social in/exclusions, inequity and social justice; and professional learning and practice. Specifically, she is known internationally for research that contributes to scholarly literature and debates about cultural diversity and education, teacher education, teacher professional identity and globalisation.  She has extensive experience researching in culturally diverse contexts such as Indigenous communities and refugee communities. She has been awarded research grants from a range of funding bodies including The Australian Research Council,  The Australian Learning and Teaching Council, Scottish Funding Council, Scottish Universities Insight Institute and Hanban, China. She has published her work in a wide range of high status journals and books. In the last five years Ninetta has accepted invitations to deliver keynote addresses at conferences in China, Sweden, Ireland and Scotland. 

Ninetta is a reviewer for the ESRC and The Carnegie Foundation and was a member of an expert panel for the reaccreditation of teacher education in Croatia. She is currently an Adjunct Professor at Charles Sturt University and an Honorary Professor at the University of Strathclyde in the UK.

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Supervisor.

Fields of Research

  • Specialist Studies In Education - 130300


Also published as: Santoro, Ninetta; Santoro, N.
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2018: In What Way Does Practicum Supervision Influence Vietnamese English Language Cooperating Teachers' Professional Development - MOET-VIED PhD Scholarship for Thi Lan Anh Nguyen *; Vietnam International Education Development

* Chief Investigator

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