About Me


I am an Associate Professor in Curriculum Inquiry and Rural Education at the University of Canberra, Australia, where I lead the Rural Education and Communities research group. I convene units across the fields of Educational Sociology and Curriculum Inquiry. My major ongoing research focuses on rural knowledges, place, the sustainability of rural communities, and the interests of the least powerful in our society. My work is situated within rural sociology, the sociology of knowledge, educational sociology and social justice and is informed by the spatial turn in social theory and sustainability. I have an ongoing concern about quality and equity in education and the representation of the rural in contemporary society. My research works to disrupt the meta-narratives that have dominated, and hijacked, these import fields through the application of critical theory. My research demonstrates how the technologies of governance magnify disadvantage and deny situated knowledge’s when examined from a ‘place conscious’ critical perspective.  I received my PhD from Charles Sturt University, Australia. I received my PhD from Charles Sturt University, Australia.

Before joining the University of Canberra, in 2009, I was a classroom teacher and Head Teacher for 12 years in rural NSW Public High schools.  I have held various positions in the teachers’ union, curriculum board and teacher registration authority. I have a significant research track record that extends to my pre-university career, completing major national research projects in the staffing of rural and remote schools and managing large-scale school based research projects. Since joining the university I have been Chief Investigator on a number of large funded research projects and received numerous teaching and research awards.   I am a Chief Editor for the Australian and International Journal of Rural Education and Associate Editor of Curriculum Perspectives.  In 2017 he received the early career research excellence award for the social sciences. Philip was the national convener of the Rural Education Special Interest Group of the Australian Association for Research in Education 2015-18, and co-convenor 2013-15.

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I pay my respects to, and acknowledge, the traditional custodians of the land on which I live – Gundungurra country, work – Ngunnawal Country, travel through and am fortunate enough to visit.