Meet the Team


Marian Mahat is a Senior Research Fellow at Melbourne Graduate School of Education in The University of Melbourne. She has more than twenty years of professional and academic experience, spanning several universities, the Australian Federal and local governments, as well as the private sector. Her research focuses on student learning and outcomes in various educational contexts, innovative quantitative and qualitative methodologies and interdisciplinary collaboration. She is highly passionate about building capacity and capability of academic staff at universities. She is series editor of the Surviving and Thriving in Academia and book editor of Achieving Academic Promotion and Women Thriving in Academia published by Emerald.


Joanne Blannin has taught in four countries, in three languages and has developed an in-depth understanding of learning and teaching. Her many education roles have included outdoor education curriculum director, language tutor, bilingual teacher, curriculum leader, leading teacher, teacher trainer, Victorian Department of Education & Training project officer, lecturer, and school leadership coach. Having taught in both the private and public sectors and worked with over 400 schools as a researcher/consultant, Dr Blannin now researches internationally on effective digital pedagogies & change leadership. Dr Blannin is currently Senior Lecturer in Digital Transformations at Monash University.


Caroline Cohrssen’s work focuses on proximal influences on child learning and development in the years prior to formal school education. This encompasses the home learning environment, pedagogy in early childhood education and care settings (in particular, the teaching and learning of science, technology, engineering and mathematics), initial teacher education, and in-service teacher professional development. With a keen interest in the influence of context and culture on early childhood education, she moved to The University of Hong Kong in 2019 where she is an associate professor in the Faculty of Education. She is gaining new insights from living and working in Hong Kong SAR, building relationships with students, and collaborating with colleagues both in Hong Kong and other countries.


Jay de los Reyes is an NUS Fellow and a postdoctoral research fellow at the Department of Communications and New Media, National University of Singapore. Born and raised in the villages of the northern Philippines, Jay draws from his biography in his postdoctoral project that examines transnational connections between emigrant Filipina domestic workers in Singapore and their left behind families in rural Philippines through the lens of what he calls “global spectating”. Jay’s project hopes to offer a possible way of looking at the “mobile” and the “moored” in non-asymmetrical and covalent terms. Jay’s work has been published in Globalization, Societies and Education, and Policy Futures in Education. Jay has also received numerous scholarships and fellowships that include the Fulbright (2012), German Academic Exchange Scholarship (2017), and the NYU-Steinhardt Faculty First-Look Fellowship (2017-2018)

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