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Dr Susan Irvine

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QUT Associate Professor in the School of Early Childhood and Inclusive Education

Dr Susan Irvine is an Associate Professor in the School of Early Childhood and Inclusive Education, in the Faculty of Education at Queensland University of Technology. 

She is an early childhood teacher, a leader in early childhood policy and practice, and parent of twins.

Susan has experience working in diverse areas of early childhood education and care (ECEC). She has taught in prior to school settings and the early phase of school, led service provision and worked for many years in ECEC and child and family policy.

In her current role at QUT, she leads the Master of Education, works with post-graduate research students and is helping to prepare the next generation of early childhood teachers.

She is recognised nationally for her leadership and expertise in early childhood policy and practice and engages in research to support quality improvement in ECEC. Concentrating on the ECEC workforce, current research projects focus on leadership, learning, professional practice and retention in ECEC. She is also working with health colleagues to enhance child health outcomes in ECEC and, linked to her PhD study, maintains a strong interest in parent views, experiences and expectations in ECEC.