Dr Jackson’s key interest is in evidence-based policy that delivers education system improvement.

Dr Jen Jackson is Adjunct Associate Professor of Education Policy at VU, and former Education Policy Lead for the Mitchell Institute for Education and Health Policy at VU. Dr Jackson has previously worked in early childhood policy and regulation, and completed her PhD on early childhood workforce development. She has led strategic policy initiatives at the Victorian Department of Education and Training and Centre for Policy Development, and conducted research on education system performance at Victoria University, the University of Melbourne, and the Australian Council for Educational Research.

Areas of expertise

  • Early childhood education and care policy
  • Schooling policy
  • University education policy
  • VET policy
  • Education pathways

Contact details

+61 (3) 9919 1161


Jackson, Jennifer (2017) Beyond the piece of paper: a Bourdieuian perspective on raising qualifications in the Australian early childhood workforce. European Early Childhood Education Research Journal, 25 (5). 796 - 805. ISSN 1350-293X

Jackson, Jennifer (2015) Embracing multiple ways of knowing in regulatory assessments of quality in Australian early childhood education and care. Australian Educational Researcher, 42 (4). 515 - 526. ISSN 0311-6999

Jackson, Jennifer (2015) Constructs of quality in early childhood education and care: A close examination of the NQS assessment and rating instrument. Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 40 (3). 46 - 50. ISSN 1836-9391

Lamb, Stephen, Jackson, Jennifer, Walstab, Anne and Huo, Shuyan (2015) Educational opportunity in Australia 2015: Who succeeds and who misses out. Working Paper. Centre for International Research on Education Systems, Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia.

McLean, George, Davies, Merryn, Jackson, Jennifer and Doecke, Esther (2015) A Blueprint for initial teacher education and teacher workforce data. Project Report. Victoria University, Melbourne, Victoria.

Lamb, Stephen, Jackson, Jennifer and Rumberger, R (2015) ISCY Technical Paper: Measuring 21st Century Skills in ISCY. Technical Report. Victoria University, Centre for International Research on Educational Systems, Melbourne, Victoria.

Jackson, Jennifer and Lamb, Stephen (2014) Creating winners and battlers: examining inequality between Melbourne schools. Working Paper. International Study of City Youth, Melbourne.