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Dr Aspa Baroutsis


Aspa Baroutsis

Research Fellow
Griffith Institute for Educational Research
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Dr Aspa Baroutsis is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Griffith Institute for Educational Research. Her research is located across social and cultural studies, social geography, school architecture, and education sociology. Her research interests within these fields include: education and the media, with a focus on portrayals of teachers, teaching, and schools across traditional print and social media; learning engagement and student voice across mainstream and alternative school settings; and school learning spaces that support student belonging and participation. She places emphasis on equity in education and is an advocate of child rights, particularly for those children and young people from vulnerable and under-represented communities. Her research aims to support opportunities for participatory school experiences for children and young people, and their teachers, within the context of a wider community where each is valued and respected. Dr Baroutsis has authored close to 30 research publications in scholarly journals and with notable book publishers, co-authoring a number of these publications with leading scholars in the field. She has co-authored and edited a number of books including, 'Educational research and the media: Challenges and possibilities' (Routledge, 2019); 'Teaching in alternative and flexible education settings' (Routledge, 2018); and 'Reimagining schooling for education: Socially just alternatives' (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017). In addition to her scholarly research publications, she continues to publish in professional teacher journals, often with teachers, thereby making her research relevant and accessible to a wider public audience. Dr Baroutsis has research strengths in qualitative and mixed methods approaches, particularly focusing on participatory methodologies. Analytic approaches include, media, discourse, visual, content, and network analyses, across various data sets including large data sets derived from existing databases. She has expertise in a range of digital technologies and digital design skills, enabling her to apply these to learning approaches and research translation in ways that engage her audiences. Dr Baroutsis is currently the communications coordinator for the Australian Association for Research in Education (2018-2020), the peak body for education research, and coordinates the social media marketing for the Griffith Institute for Educational Research. Her background is in secondary school teaching and leadership, having worked in a large partially selective public school in Brisbane, Queensland. She completed her doctorate at The University of Queensland, after which she held research positions at that university and the Queensland University of Technology. Her research-focused approach continues through her current postdoctoral award at Griffith University and her recent three-year Australian Research Council grant (LP190100398).


  • Member
    Griffith Institute for Educational Research2018


  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow
    Griffith University, Institute for Educational Research, Australia13 Aug 2018
  • Research Fellow
    Queensland University of Technology, Australia1 Jan 2016 - 1 Jan 2018
  • Research Fellow
    The University of Queensland, Australia1 Jan 2014 - 1 Jan 2016


  • Teacher, Experienced Senior Teacher, Head of Department
    Department of Education and Training, Brisbane State High School, Brisbane, Australia1993 - 2010


  • Doctor Of Philosophy
    The University of Queensland
  • Master of Education
    Queensland University of Technology
  • Bachelor of Education (Secondary)
    Queensland University of Technology


  • Justice of the Peace (Qual)
    TAFE, Brisbane, Australia
  • Certificate III in Multimedia
    QANTM, Australia