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Professor Parlo Singh


Parlo Singh

School of Education and Professional Studies
+61 (0)7 3735 1833 (Work)
M10 5.35, Mount Gravatt Campus

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Professor Parlo Singh’s research work focuses on issues of educational equity and social justice. Specifically she is interested in research partnership work that assists students from disadvantaged communities gain access to complex forms of knowledge. This research has involved working with primary and secondary schools in Queensland, Australia, as well as work in Papua New Guinea and Indonesia through funded research projects. Issues of educational inequity have inevitably dealt with the dynamics of social class, gender, and cultural identity, and theorisations of policy, curriculum, pedagogy and assessment. Of particular significance is work that challenges the re-production of social inequity via schooling systems through complex sociological theorising. Parlo has been a member of the international symposium extending the sociology of Basil Bernstein, particularly his theorisations of curriculum and pedagogy, and strategies for disrupting educational inequality. Parlo has held numerous leadership positions in the university sector. She was the inaugural Director of the Research Centre for Language, Literacy and Diversity (2000-2003), Faculty of Education, QUT. She has also held the position of Head of School, Education and Professional Studies, Faculty of Education, Gold Coast campus (2006-2009). From 2009-2012, Parlo held the position of Dean, Griffith Graduate Research School which involved strategic leadership in the area of higher degree research (HDR) across all academic disciplines and all campuses of Griffith University. Professor Singh is the recipient of numerous excellence in teaching awards, including the 2009, Australian College of Educators, National Fellow Award for higher degree research education and training.


  • Member
    Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research2009 - 2011
  • Member
    Griffith Institute for Educational Research2007


  • Diploma of Education
    Townsville CAE, Townsville, Australia
  • Bachelor of Education Studies (First Class Honours)
    University of Queensland, Australia
  • PhD
    University of Queensland, Australia


  • Panjabi; Punjabi
    Can speak and understand
  • English
    Can read, write, speak, understand and peer review