Elizabeth (Lizzie) Knight joined the Centre for International Research on Education Systems (CIRES) as a research fellow in 2020. Her research areas include:

  • provision of career information
  • higher vocational education
  • transitions to tertiary education
  • the nature of graduate employment and employability.

A key area of interest is equity of access to and in tertiary education, the provision of institutional information and support for transition into post-school education.

In 2017, Lizzie completed a PhD at Monash University, investigating change in marketing messages over the period of higher education massification.

Prior to joining CIRES, Lizzie was a research fellow at Monash University. Her role included project managing an Australian Research Council Discovery Project: ‘Vocational institutions, undergraduate degrees: distinction and inequality’ from 2017 to 2020, researching the growth of higher education in TAFE institutes.

Lizzie has also been a professional careers counsellor for 10 years. She worked for the Ministerial Company Education Services Australia (ESA) as the subject matter expert on the myfuture website between 2015 and 2020, and has trained careers counsellors and teachers in every state and territory in Australia. She acts as the research advisor for the Career Industry Council of Australia and sits on the executive of the Australian Vocational Education Research Association.

In addition to Lizzie’s academic background, she speaks French, Italian, German and also has some Welsh and Auslan.

Recent publications

Journal articles

Bennett, D., Knight, E., Bawa, S., & Dockery, A.M. (2021). Understanding the career decision making of university students enrolled in STEM disciplines. Australian Journal of Career Development 30, 95-105. DOI: 10.1177/1038416221994312

Corcoran, T., Whitburn, B., & Knight, E. (2021). Inherent requirements in higher education: locating You in Us, Perspectives: Policy and Practice in Higher Education. DOI: 10.1080/13603108.2021.1986166

Koshy, P., Webb, S., Dockery, A. M., & Knight, E. (2021). Bachelor degree participation in vocational institutions: examining the determinants of participation. International Journal of Training Research. DOI: 10.1080/14480220.2020.1830838

Bennett, D., Knight, E., & Bell, K. (2020). Graduate employability and the career thinking of university STEMM students. Teaching in Higher Education 25, 750–765. DOI: 10.1080/13562517.2020.1759529

Bennett, D., Knight, E., Jevons, C., & Ananthram, S. (2020). Business students’ thinking about their studies and future careers. Perspectives: Policy and Practice in Higher Education 0, 1–6. DOI: 10.1080/13603108.2020.1757530

Bennett, D., Knight, E., Dockery, A. M., & Bawa, S. (2020). Pedagogies for employability: understanding the needs of STEM students through a new approach to employability development. Higher Education Pedagogies 5(1), 340-359. DOI:10.1080/23752696.2020.1847162

Bennett, D., Knight, E., & Rowley, J. (2020). The role of hybrid learning spaces in enhancing higher education students’ employability. British Journal of Educational Technology 51, 1188–1202. DOI: 10.1111/bjet.12931

Knight, E., (2020). The homogenisation of prospectuses over the period of massification in the UK. Journal of Marketing for Higher Education 0, 1-18. DOI: 10.1080/08841241.2020.1806177

Knight, E., (2020). Tracing the changing value of higher education through English prospectuses 1976–2013. Higher Education Research & Development 39, 141–155. DOI: 10.1080/07294360.2019.1681373

Knight, E., (2019). Massification, Marketisation and Loss of Differentiation in Pre-Entry Marketing Materials in UK Higher Education. Social Sciences 8, 304. DOI: 10.3390/socsci8110304

Book reviews

Knight, E., (2020). University and society: interdependencies and exchange. International Journal of Lifelong Education, 39:5-6, 624-625, DOI: 10.1080/02601370.2020.1861813

Knight, E. (2020). Career guidance for social justice. Contesting neoliberalism, International Journal of Lifelong Education, 39:2, 234-235, DOI: 10.1080/02601370.2020.1721766

Knight, E. (2018). Responding to massification: differentiation in postsecondary education worldwide, International Journal of Lifelong Education, 37:3, 384-386, DOI: 10.1080/02601370.2018.1437964

Commissioned reports

Colvin, E., & Knight, E. (2021) Supporting Care Experienced Young People into Higher Education. Collier Fund 4 Report. Charles Sturt University.

Areas of expertise

  • Higher vocational education
  • Tertiary education transitions
  • career counselling
  • graduate employability

Contact details

(03) 9919 1815