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Professor Sivanes Phillipson

Dean International


Sivanes Phillipson is currently Dean International and Professor of Education at Swinburne University of Technology. Sivanes leads and implements the global relations, mobility and recruitment and transnational education 2025 strategies for Swinburne academic units as part of Swinburne's Global Engagement portfolio.

Prior to Swinburne, she has diverse higher education and promotional experience in her employments that has spanned nearly 30 years. Sivanes has held academic positions in Hong Kong and Malaysia, as well as having extensive international corporate experience in public relations, advancement and marketing. With this unique blend of experience, Sivanes has led global partnership and recruitment strategies in higher education with a pragmatic approach that are research and market informed. She has led and managed cohesive teams of staff to achieve commercial ambitions that simultaneously advance graduates, industry and education partners, and alumni participation, satisfaction and achievement.

Sivanes has a PhD in Education along with a teaching qualification, and Law and Arts Honours degrees. Her research interest and experience focus on family studies in particular parental involvement and expectations of culturally and linguistically diverse and disadvantaged children. Sivanes’ research expertise comprises of mixed method approaches with an emphasis on quantitative methods and advanced analysis including Rasch modelling, meta-analysis and structural equation modelling.

Sivanes is the Routledge Series Editor for Evolving Families Book Series. She has published widely especially in leading journals such as Journal of Child and Family Studies and Educational Psychology, with nearly 150 peer reviewed papers, book chapters and conference papers. She also has ten published books and three forthcoming books contracted to publish till 2022. Sivanes' latest books focus on parent engagement in early learning of mathematics at home (Engaging families as children’s first mathematics educators: International perspectives, 2017 Springer), on the state of early childhood education and care across 19 countries globally ( Early Childhood Education and Care in the 21st Century Vol I 2018,  Vol II, 2019 and Vol III 2019 Routledge) and teacher expertise (The Power of Expert Teaching 2020).

Sivanes has been awarded multiple international and national Category 1 research grants including 2014-2018 ARC Linkage Project titled Numeracy@Home as the lead chief investigator. This project is still active with further funding from industry partner, Catholic Education Melbourne. She has also consulted on multiple projects internationally including the development of measurement tools for parent engagement in schools, family partnership in early checks and child development services. 

Sivanes has supervised nearly 30 higher degree students to completion at Monash, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong Institute of Education and University of Tasmania (as adjunct Research Fellow) since 2008. At Swinburne, she currently supervisors ten PhD students in the area of family engagement in the early years, early mathematical learning and parent-school partnerships in the school sector. Recognising her quality supervision and her generous support of her students, Swinburne nominated Sivanes for the Australian Graduate Research Council Award in 2020. 

Research interests


PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Supervisor.


Available to supervise honours students.

Fields of Research

  • Early Childhood Education (excl. Maori) - 130102
  • Teacher Education And Professional Development Of Educators - 130313
  • Educational Psychology - 170103

Teaching areas



Also published as: Phillipson, Sivanes; Phillipson, S.
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