Professor Suzanne Carrington

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PhD (University of Queensland), MEd (James Cook Uni. of North Qld), BEd (James Cook Uni. of North Qld), DipTeach (Griffith University)

Suzanne is a Professor in The Centre for Inclusive Education (C4IE) and a member of the Faculty of Creative Industries, Education and Social Justice. Suzanne’s areas of expertise are in inclusive education, ethical leadership for inclusive schools, disability and teacher preparation for inclusive schools. She has engaged in research to inform policy and practice in Australian and international education contexts. She has published over 100 journal publications, books, book chapters and research reports. She was the Program Director of Program 2: The School Years for The Cooperative Research Centre for Living with Autism (Autism CRC) (2013-2022). Her work appears in leading international journals including Autism, Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review, Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology, Journal of Autism and

Developmental Disorders, BMC Public Health, Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice. Her work has also been cited in numerous reports and policy recommendations such as

  • World Report on Disability 2011, by the World Health Organization
  • Inclusion in Education towards equality for students with disability: policy recommendations written with Children with Disability Australia 2013
  • Engaging young early school leavers in vocational training: Informing Policy and Practice in Australia’s Training System, an NCVER Research Report
  • Literature review: Student-centred schools make the difference, Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership.

Additional information

Suzanne Carrington was a teacher 1983-1993 and taught in special schools, primary and secondary schools in QLD, Australia and in London, UK. She worked as a Lecturer at the University of New England in Armidale, NSW before moving to Brisbane to take up the role of Lecturer at QUT. She completed her PhD at the University of QLD in 2000. Suzanne was seconded from QUT in 2002-2004 to establish the Staff College, Inclusive Education in Education Queensland. In her role as Principal of the Staff College, she directed professional learning of staff in Education Queensland to support the development of a more inclusive approach to culture, policy and  practice. Suzanne`s leadership in this area engaged international visitors from Universities in Northern Ireland, Britain , New Zealand and the Ministry of Education in New Zealand.

Her publications, podcasts and TED talk are available on


    PhD, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Professor Linda Graham
  • Providing inclusive education to all: Preparedness of Nepalese teachers to implement inclusive pedagogy
    PhD, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Adjunct Professor Susan Walker, Associate Professor Nerida Spina

  • Professional Doctorate, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Donna Tangen
  • Supporting the mental health and wellbeing of autistic students by embracing autistic culture and identity
    MPhil, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Professor Beth Saggers