Researcher biography

Richard Lee is pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy at the School of Education. He graduated from the University of Queensland with degrees in education and arts, specialising in middle years of schooling and sociology; he also earned a master’s degree in educational studies, in the field of leadership. Richard aspires to remove barriers to accessing quality public education, and to influence public policy in creating equitable education systems. Using Foucauldian scholarship and post-structural theories, Richard aims to investigate how the organisational features of Independent Public Schools in Queensland serve as a socialising agent to construct unique ‘advanced liberal subjectivities’. As a registered teacher, Richard has worked in an array of public and private schools in Brisbane, with experience in primary, secondary and International Baccalaureate education. He is currently a casual academic and research assistant at the School of Education, where he promotes critical thinking, academic excellence and educational research through pro bono postgraduate clinics and professional development seminars. He also serves as a member of the 34th senate for the University of Queensland, and the president of the UQU Association of the Postgraduate Students.

Richard’s principal advisor is Associate Professor Ian Hardy; his associate advisor is Dr Stephen Heimans.