Section: Overview
Key publications
Research funding
Supervising & teaching

Key details

Areas of expertise

  • Communities of practice
  • Inclusive learning and teaching
  • Diversity & inclusion policy
  • Educator professional learning

Available to supervise research students

Not available for media queries

About Juliana Ryan

Juliana is the research officer at AVID Australia at VU, a whole school improvement system built around three levels of professional learning to strengthen teaching excellence and learning outcomes for every student over time. She is a values-driven and inclusive researcher, educator and equity practitioner, motivated by the potential of learning to improve quality of life by expanding what it is possible to imagine, be, do and become. Juliana strives to enable those she works with to believe in and develop their potential. Taking a strengths perspective, she believes that we all have personal and environmental resources that we can draw on to develop ourselves, and overcome challenges, even in seemingly unpromising situations.

Juliana's deliberately varied employment history has been shaped by an ongoing concern with achieving social justice through education that builds participants’ capabilities and agency. Her roles have spanned teaching, research, and equity practice at several universities. Her contributions have been recognised through team awards for learning and teaching at two universities and she is a senior fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Juliana has also worked in program management, policy analysis and development, communications consulting and community education in government and non-government organisations. She has worked on a number of cross-institutional research projects in both schools and higher education. Her research interests and experience include communities of practice and social learning, professional learning, inclusive curricula and pedagogies, diversity and inclusion policy and practice, and academic identities and practices. 


  • PhD, Deakin University
  • MComn&Med St, Monash University
  • GradDip(Legal Practice), Leo Cussen Institute
  • LLB, Monash University
  • BA, Monash University

Key publications

Year Citation
2019 Ryan, J., McLean, H., Hamilton, G., Liston, R., Stratton, G., & Hiscock, R. (190101). Embedding Academic Literacies for Belonging in First Year Criminology (pp. 55-69). Springer Singapore.

doi: 10.1007/978-981-13-9957-2_5

Year Citation
2022 Jackson, J., Matthews, H., Ryan, J., Macklin, S., & Brown, C. (220501). Reinvigorating and reimagining our schools : A vision for post-pandemic schooling in Australia. Melbourne, Victoria: Victoria University.

Year Citation
2023 Garrard, K. A., & Ryan, J. (230101). Ambiguities and tensions in the construction of global graduates. Discourse,

doi: 10.1080/01596306.2023.2204221

2023 Luguetti, C., Ryan, J., Eckersley, B., Howard, A., Buck, S., Osman, A., Hansen, C., Galati, P., Cahill, R. J., & Craig, S. (230101). It wasn t adults and young people [] we re all in it together : co-designing a post-secondary transition program through youth participatory action research. Educational Action Research,

doi: 10.1080/09650792.2023.2203408

2022 Bearman, M., Ryan, J., & Ajjawi, R. (220101). Discourses of artificial intelligence in higher education: a critical literature review. Higher Education,

doi: 10.1007/s10734-022-00937-2

2022 Ryan, J., & Goldingay, S. (220101). University leadership as engaged pedagogy: A call for governance reform. Journal of University Teaching and Learning Practice, 19(1), (122-139).

doi: 10.53761/

2021 Zacharias, N., & Ryan, J. (210101). Moving beyond acts of faith : effective scholarships for equity students. Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, 43(2), (147-165).

doi: 10.1080/1360080X.2020.1777499

2020 Ryan, J., Goldingay, S., Macfarlane, S., & Hitch, D. (200101). Promoting equity by illuminating academic roles and identities in teaching students from diverse backgrounds. Teaching in Higher Education,

doi: 10.1080/13562517.2020.1852203

2017 Goldingay, S., Lamaro, Haintz., Ryan, J., Hitch, D., & Macfarlane, S. (170729). Australian social work academics perceptions of their teaching roles within higher education. Higher Education Research and Development, 36(5), (975-988).

doi: 10.1080/07294360.2016.1263933

2015 Ryan, J. (150903). It ain t just what you do and the way that you do it: why discourse matters in higher education communities of practice. Higher Education Research and Development, 34(5), (1001-1013).

doi: 10.1080/07294360.2015.1011087

Research funding for the past 5 years

Please note:

  • Funding is ordered by the year the project commenced and may continue over several years.
  • Funding amounts for contact research are not disclosed to maintain commercial confidentiality.
  • The order of investigators is not indicative of the role they played in the research project.

Education Innovation Hub
From: Victorian Higher Education Strategic Investment Fund
Other investigators: Ms Jacinta Ryan, Dr Melinda Van dyke, Prof Anthony Watt, Dr Daniel Loton, Aspr Michael Spittle, Prof Andrew Smallridge, Dr Claire Brown
For period: 2021-2022

Supervision of research students at VU

Available to supervise research students

Not available for media queries

Professional memberships

  • Member, Australian Association for Research in Education
  • Member, Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia