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Professor Susanne Garvis

Adjunct Research Fellow


Susanne Garvis is Adjunct Research Fellow in the Department of Education. She is an internationally renowned early childhood education expert within policy, quality and learning. Susanne has worked with various governments, professional organisations and NGOs across the world where her research has informed teacher education, policy development and professional learning. Her most recent contribution to policy was a large scale meta-analysis showing how bachelor qualified teachers enhances quality in the early childhood sector. She is a mixed methods (quantitative and qualitative) researcher with extensive experience in narrative (story constellations) and arts-based research. Her focus is on supporting voice, experience and wellbeing within research. 

Susanne has extensive research, teaching and leadership experience in early childhood education and teacher education in higher education in Australia and Sweden. She has previously been a Professor at the University of Gothenburg (Sweden) and a guest professor at Stockholm University (Sweden). She has been Director of the Centre for Educational Sciences and Teacher Education at Gothenburg University, comprising seven faculties and over 80 doctoral students and supervisors. In Sweden, Susanne was the leader of the government funded Nordic Early Childhood Research Group with over 50 members from across the Scandinavian region. The group had a specific focus on researching Nordic childhoods, learning and family. She currently holds an adjunct professorship at Griffith University.

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Supervisor.


Also published as: Garvis, Susanne; Garvis, S.
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2022: Australian Education Research Organisation Limited (“AERO”) - Learning Trajectories in Early Childhood Education and Care *; Australian Education Research Organisation
  • 2022: STEM Hub *; Invergowrie Foundation
  • 2021: Access Quality Teaching initiative *; VIC Department of Education and Training
  • 2021: STEM Hub Scoping Proposal *; Invergowrie Foundation
  • 2021: Supporting Pasifika islander youth towards positive life trajectories *; Department of Justice - Building Safer Communities

* Chief Investigator