Associate Professor Carmen Mills

Associate Professor

School of Education
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
+61 7 336 56632


Dr Carmen Mills is an Associate Professor in Teaching, Learning and Classroom Pedagogy in the School of Education at The University of Queensland, where she is the Director of Teaching and Learning. Her research interests are informed broadly by the sociology of education. She has an international reputation for significant research contributions in the areas of social justice in education, schooling in disadvantaged communities and teacher education for the development of socially just dispositions. As a socially critical researcher, informed by the work of Pierre Bourdieu and others, she is concerned to explore questions related to whose interests are served by the social arrangements evident in educational contexts and how these arrangements might be structured more equitably. She is experienced in undertaking empirical research with others from a range of disciplinary backgrounds, bringing her particular experience in interviewing and observation, her empirical interest in equity and social justice, as well as her understanding of Bourdieuian theoretical concepts, to these research teams.

Research Interests

  • Sociology of education
  • Social justice in education
  • Schooling in disadvantaged communities
  • Teacher education
  • Bourdieu


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Monash University


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Book Chapter

  • Gale, Trevor, Cross, Russell and Mills, Carmen (2020). Researching teacher practice: Social justice dispositions revealed in activity. In Julianne Lynch, Julie Rowlands, Trevor Gale and Stephen Parker (Ed.), Practice methodologies in education research (pp. 48-62) Abingdon, Oxon United Kingdom: Routledge.

  • Cross, Russell, Mills, Carmen and Gale, Trevor (2019). Thinking with Bourdieu about teachers’ pedagogies and their dispositions for social justice: unthinkingness in aspiration formation. In Garth Stahl, Derron Wallace, Ciaran Burke and Steven Threadgold (Ed.), International perspectives on theorizing aspiration: applying Bourdieu’s tools (pp. 130-142) London, United Kingdom: Bloomsbury.

  • Mohamed, Mimi, Moni, Karen and Mills, Carmen (2015). Professional identity and English language teaching in a discipline-specific context. In Christina Gitsaki and Thomai Alexiou (Ed.), Current issues in second/foreign language teaching and teacher development: research and practice (pp. 85-103) Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

  • Ballantyne, Julie and Mills, Carmen (2015). The intersection of music teacher education and social justice: where are we now?. In Cathy Benedict, Patrick Schmidt, Gary Spruce and Paul Woodford (Ed.), The Oxford handbook of social justice in music education (pp. 644-657) Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199356157.013.70

  • Mills, Carmen and Gale, Trevor (2010). Coming to Terms with Social Inequalities in Education. In Coming to Terms with Social Inequalities in Education (pp. 13-27) NEW YORK: SPRINGER. doi:10.1007/978-90-481-3344-4_2

  • Mills, Carmen and Gale, Trevor (2010). Competencies That Count. In Competencies That Count (pp. 73-87) NEW YORK: SPRINGER. doi:10.1007/978-90-481-3344-4_6

  • Mills, Carmen and Gale, Trevor (2010). Locating the Research. In Locating the Research (pp. 1-+) NEW YORK: SPRINGER. doi:10.1007/978-90-481-3344-4_1

  • Mills, Carmen and Gale, Trevor (2010). Student Achievement in Context. In Student Achievement in Context (pp. 29-41) NEW YORK: SPRINGER. doi:10.1007/978-90-481-3344-4_3

  • Mills, Carmen and Gale, Trevor (2010). What Should Effective Schooling Look Like?. In What Should Effective Schooling Look Like? (pp. 55-72) NEW YORK: SPRINGER. doi:10.1007/978-90-481-3344-4_5

  • Mills, Carmen and Gale, Trevor (2010). Where Are the Good Teachers When You Need Them?. In Where Are the Good Teachers When You Need Them? (pp. 43-53) NEW YORK: SPRINGER. doi:10.1007/978-90-481-3344-4_4

  • Mills, C. and Gale, T. (2004). Doing research with teachers, parents and students: The ethics and politics of collaborative research. In Phyllida Coombes, Mike Danaher and Patrick Alan Danaher (Ed.), Strategic uncertainties: Ethics, politics and risk in contemporary educational research (pp. 89-101) Flaxton, Qld: Post Pressed.

  • Mills, Carmen and Gale, Trevor (2001). Recognitive justice: renewed commitment to socially just schooling. In Bruce Allen Knight and Leonie Rowan (Ed.), Researching in contemporary educational environments (pp. 64-83) Flaxton, QLD, Australia: Post Pressed.

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Conference Publication

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Master Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

Completed Supervision