Dr Jenny Povey

Snr Research Fellow Social Methods

Institute for Social Science Research
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
j.povey@uq.edu.au
+61 7 334 67474

Overview

Jenny Povey is a Research Group Leader at the Institute for Social Science Research, and a Senior Research Fellow in Social Methods in the ARC Centre of Excellence on Families and Children over the Life Course (the Life Course Centre) at The University of Queensland. She is a Psychologist and obtained her BA Honors, MA and PhD from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in South Africa. Before coming to ISSR, Jenny worked as a Chief Researcher at the Human Sciences Research Council in South Africa in the area of Education effectiveness. Jenny’s research expertise is in the area of evidence-based practice and social policy evaluation, more specifically focusing on education effectiveness, parent engagement, child wellbeing and disadvantage. She has extensive experience in mixed methods research using administrative data together with survey and qualitative data. Jenny has worked closely with Government Departments and Ministries both in Australia (e.g. DHHS in Tasmania; Commonwealth DET; Qld DET; CESE NSW; Commonwealth DSS) and internationally (e.g. South Africa, Eritrea, Cambodia and the Solomon Islands) to gather research evidence from a wide range of disadvantaged communities to inform policy. In addition to managing the Try, Test and Learn Evaluation, she is currently working on understanding why and how some schools are more effective at parent engagement than others and how improving parent engagement in socially disadvantaged schools effects cognitive and non-cognitive (including well-being) outcomes of students living in these communities over their life course.

Research Interests

  • Systemic change
  • School leadership
  • School culture
  • Inclusive education
  • Parent engagement in education
  • Child development
  • Intergenerational transfer of education aspirations, values and attitudes
  • Disadvantaged communities
  • Evidenced based policy and practice
  • Cross-cultural research
  • Culture-fair assessment or evaluation
  • Psychometrics
  • Innovative methods and techniques
  • Survey methodology
  • Quantitative data analysis methods
  • Qualitative data analysis methods
  • Education effectiveness

Qualifications

  • Bachelor Arts (Honors), Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
  • Master of Arts, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
  • PhD, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University

Publications

  • Hancock, Kirsten J., Mitrou, Francis, Povey, Jenny, Campbell, Alice and Zubrick, Stephen R. (2018) Educational inequality across three generations in Australia. Australian Journal of Social Issues, 53 1: 34-55. doi:10.1002/ajs4.33

  • Willis, Linda-Dianne, Povey, Jenny, Hodges, Julie, Carroll, Annemarie and Antrobus, Emma (2018). Engage to learn: working in partnership with families. In: Transforming Service Delivery. Queensland Department of Education Research Showcase, Brisbane, Australia, (). 27 November 2018.

  • Willis, Linda-Dianne, Povey, Jenny, Hodges, Julie, Dolley, Christine, Carleton, Phillip, Wilkinson, Louise and McAllister, Danielle (2018). Parent engagement research and evidence. In: Parents as partners in learning. Parents and Citizens Association of Queensland State Conference, Brisbane, Australia, (). 7-8 September 2018.

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Grants

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Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Note for students: Dr Jenny Povey is not currently available to take on new students.

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Joint Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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