Excelsia College

School of Education

Lecturer & Course Coordinator, Master of Education Research

Professor Patrick Danaher

PhD in Education, MLitt in Australian History, GradDipTertiary Ed, BA(Hons) in Anthropology, BA in Anthropology, BEd

Contact Details

Telephone Number

02 9000 9709



Biographical details

Patrick has worked continuously as an education academic since early 1991, first at Central Queensland University in Rockhampton, and then at the University of Southern Queensland in Toowoomba, prior to which he taught for nine years in secondary schools in Queensland and Victoria. He has been privileged to co-supervise several doctoral and research masters Australian and international students to completion. Patrick’s research interests include the education of occupationally mobile communities such as circus and fairground or show families; education research ethics, methods, politics and theories; and academics’, educators’ and researchers’ work and identities.

Profile of Professor Patrick Danaher


Patrick completed his PhD at Central Queensland University in 2001, with a thesis entitled Learning on the Run: Traveller Education for Itinerant Show Children in Coastal and Western Queensland. His BA(Hons) thesis, entitled Structural-Functionalism Revisited: A. R. Radcliffe-Brown’s Influence on Selected Social Anthropological Monographs in the 1940s and the 1950s, was completed at Deakin University in 1992. He completed his MLitt at the University of New England in 1991, with a thesis entitled The Coming of the Light: The Response of the Darnley Islanders to the London Missionary Society.

Research interests

Research interests based on the 2020 Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification
390203 Sociology of education
390303 Higher education
390307 Teacher education and professional development of educators
390401 Comparative and cross-cultural education
390412 Teacher and student wellbeing

Research interests based on the 2008 Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification
130103 Higher Education
130307 Ethnic Education
130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Teachers
160809 Sociology of Education

Research interests based on the Dewey decimal classification system
370.72 Educational research
371.35 Distance education
371.82 Specific kinds of students; schools for specific kinds of students
378.12 Faculty and teaching
379.26 Educational equalization (equal educational opportunity)

Substantive research interests
Academics’, educators’ and researchers’ work and identities
Distance, online and open education
Doctoral students and supervisors
The education of mobile learners and communities
Education research ethics, methods, politics and theories
Rural education
Sociocultural foundations and contexts of education

Amazon author pages
http://www.amazon.com/Patrick-Alan-Danaher/e/B001JP9QX2/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1386810002 & sr=1-2-ent
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Patrick-Alan-Danaher/e/B001JP9QX2/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1386810039 & sr=1-2-ent

Google Scholar page
http://scholar.google.com.au/citations?user=899xdw0AAAAJ & hl=en

Current projects

Patrick is currently co-authoring a proposed research book about Australian teachers’ work and identities, and also currently co-editing a proposed handbook about autoethnography and self-study in education research, and a proposed special theme issue of an environmental education research journal. As well, he is keen to explore the methodological possibilities of dialogical autoethnography.

Authored and edited research books

Authored research books
Kelly, N. P., Clarà, M., Kehrwald, B. A., & Danaher, P. A. (2016). Online learning networks for pre-service and early career teachers. Palgrave Macmillan/Palgrave Pivot, pp. i-xix + 1-130. https://link.springer.com/book/10.1057/978-1-137-50302-2


Baguley, M. M., Danaher, P. A., Davies, A., De George-Walker, L. R., Jones, J. K., Matthews, K. J., Midgley, W. J., & Arden, C. H. (2014). Educational learning and development: Building and enhancing capacity. Palgrave Macmillan/Palgrave Pivot, pp. i-xiii + 1-165. https://link.springer.com/book/10.1057/9781137392848


Danaher, P. A., Davies, A., De George-Walker, L. R., Jones, J. K., Matthews, K. J., Midgley, W. J., Arden, C. H., & Baguley, M. M. (2014). Contemporary capacity-building in educational contexts. Palgrave Macmillan/Palgrave Pivot, pp. i-xiv + 1-170. https://link.springer.com/book/10.1057/9781137374578


Danaher, M. J. M., Cook, J. R., Danaher, G. R., Coombes, P. N., & Danaher, P. A. (2013). Researching education with marginalized communities. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. i-xii + 1-232. https://link.springer.com/book/10.1057/9781137012685


Bhopal, K., & Danaher, P. A. (2013). Identity and pedagogy in higher education: International comparisons. Bloomsbury Academic, pp. i-vi + 1-182. https://www.bloomsbury.com/au/identity-and-pedagogy-in-higher-education-9781441125552/


Danaher, P. A., Moriarty, B. J., & Danaher, G. R. (2009). Mobile learning communities: Creating new educational futures. Routledge, pp. i-xiii + 1-210. https://www.routledge.com/Mobile-Learning-Communities-Creating-New-Educational-Futures/Danaher-Moriarty-Danaher/p/book/9780415991599


Danaher, P. A., Coombes, P. N., & Kiddle, C. (2007). Teaching Traveller children: Maximising learning outcomes. Trentham Books, pp. i-xxiii + 1-122. https://www.amazon.com.au/Teaching-Traveller-Children-Maximising-Learning/dp/1858563771


Edited research books

Anteliz, E. A., Mulligan, D. L., & Danaher, P. A. (Eds.) (2023). The Routledge international handbook of autoethnography in educational research (Routledge international handbooks). Routledge, pp. i-xviii + 1-350. https://www.routledge.com/The-Routledge-International-Handbook-of-Autoethnography-in-Educational/Anteliz-Mulligan-Danaher/p/book/9781032119922


Mulligan, D. L., Ryan, N., & Danaher, P. A. (Eds.) (2022). Deconstructing doctoral discourses: Stories and strategies for success (Palgrave studies in education research methods vol. 11). Palgrave Macmillan, pp. i-xxix + 1-344. https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-3-031-11016-0


Mulligan, D. L., & Danaher, P. A. (Eds.) (2021). Researchers at risk: Precarity, jeopardy and uncertainty in academia (Palgrave studies in education research methods vol. 9). Palgrave Macmillan, pp. i-xxvi + 1-348. https://www.palgrave.com/in/book/9783030538569


Mulligan, D. L., & Danaher, P. A. (Eds) (2020). Researching within the educational margins: Strategies for communicating and articulating voices (Palgrave studies in education research methods vol. 6). Palgrave Macmillan, pp. i-xxi + 1-356. https://www.palgrave.com/in/book/9783030488444


Machin, T. M., Clarà, M., & Danaher, P. A. (Eds.) (2019). Traversing the doctorate: Reflections and strategies from students, supervisors and administrators (Palgrave studies in education research methods vol. 5). Palgrave Macmillan, pp. i-xxvii + 1-433. https://www.palgrave.com/gp/book/9783030237301


Collins, P., Igreja, V., & Danaher, P. A. (Eds.) (2019). The nexus among place, conflict and communication in a globalising world. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. i-xxv + 1-281. https://www.palgrave.com/gp/book/9789811359248


Erwee, R., Harmes, M. A., Harmes, M. K., Danaher, P. A., & Padró, F. F. (Eds.) (2018). Postgraduate education in higher education (University development and administration). Springer Nature, pp. i-xxxiv + 1-611. https://www.springer.com/gp/book/9789811052477


Ní Shé, E., Burton, L. J., & Danaher, P. A. (Eds.) (2018). Social capital and enterprise in the modern state. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. i-xxi + 1-329. https://www.palgrave.com/gp/book/9783319681146


Riddle, S., Harmes, M. K., & Danaher, P. A. (Eds.) (2017). Producing pleasure in the contemporary university (Bold visions in educational research vol. 59). Sense Publishers, pp. i-vii + 1-259. https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-94-6351-179-7


Rossi, D. M., Gacenga, F., & Danaher, P. A. (Eds.) (2016). Navigating the education research maze: Contextual, conceptual, methodological and transformational challenges and opportunities for researchers (Palgrave studies in education research methods vol. 2). Palgrave Macmillan, pp. i-xvii + 1-289. https://www.palgrave.com/de/book/9783319398525


Larkin, K. M., Kawka, M., Noble, K., Janse van Rensburg, H. M., Brodie, L., & Danaher, P. A. (Eds.) (2015). Empowering educators: Proven principles and successful strategies. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. i-xxi + 1-167. https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-3-319-39853-2


Lock, J., Redmond, P., & Danaher, P. A. (Eds.) (2015). Educational developments, practices and effectiveness: Global perspectives and contexts. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. i-xxii + 1-177. https://link.springer.com/book/10.1057/9781137469939


Redmond, P., Lock, J., & Danaher, P. A. (Eds.) (2015). Educational innovations and contemporary technologies: Enhancing teaching and learning. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. i-xviii + 1-170. https://link.springer.com/book/10.1057/9781137468611


Harmes, M. K., Huijser, H., & Danaher, P. A. (Eds.) (2015). Myths in education, learning and teaching: Policies, practices and principles. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. i-xxvii + 1-205. https://link.springer.com/book/10.1057/9781137468611


Postle, G. D., Burton, L. J., & Danaher, P. A. (Eds.) (2014). Community capacity building: Lessons from adult learning in Australia. National Institute of Adult Continuing Education, pp. i-x + 1-277. https://www.amazon.com.au/Community-Capacity-Building-David-Postle/dp/1862017220


Midgley, W. J., Davies, A., Oliver, M. E., & Danaher, P. A. (Eds.) (2014). Echoes: Ethics and issues of voice in education research. Sense Publishers, pp. i-xii + 1-248. https://brill.com/display/title/36895


Midgley, W. J., Danaher, P. A., & Baguley, M. M. (Eds.) (2013). The role of participants in education research: Ethics, epistemologies, and methods (Routledge research in education vol. 87). Routledge, pp. i-xviii + 1-262. https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/edit/10.4324/9780203078389/role-participants-education-research-warren-midgley-patrick-alan-danaher-margaret-baguley


Danaher, P. A., De George-Walker, L. R., Henderson, R. W., Matthews, K. J., Midgley, W. J., Noble, K., Tyler, M. A., & Arden, C. H. (Eds.) (2012). Constructing capacities: Building capabilities through learning and engagement. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp. i-xv + 1-290. https://www.cambridgescholars.com/product/978-1-4438-4179-5


Midgley, W. J., Tyler, M. A., Danaher, P. A., & Mander, A. (Eds.) (2011). Beyond binaries in education research (Routledge research in education vol. 59). Routledge, pp. i-xxiv + 1-277. https://www.routledge.com/Beyond-Binaries-in-Education-Research/Midgley-Tyler-Danaher-Mander/p/book/9780415846233


Arden, C. H., Danaher, P. A., De George-Walker, L. R., Henderson, R. W., Midgley, W. J., Noble, K., & Tyler, M. A. (Eds.) (2010). Sustaining synergies: Collaborative research and researching collaboration. Post Pressed, pp. i-xviii + 1-161. https://research-repository.griffith.edu.au/handle/10072/62823


Danaher, P. A., & Umar, A. (Eds.) (2010, September). Teacher education through open and distance learning (Perspectives on distance education). Commonwealth of Learning, pp. i-xii + 1-185. https://oasis.col.org/items/f6792ff3-e333-4046-a981-74210e7184ec


Danaher, P. A., Kenny, M. D., & Remy Leder, J. (Eds.) (2009). Traveller, nomadic and migrant education (Routledge research in education vol. 24). Routledge, pp. i-xxvi + 1-241. https://www.routledge.com/Traveller-Nomadic-and-Migrant-Education/Danaher-Kenny-Leder/p/book/9780415652919


Henderson, R. W., & Danaher, P. A. (Eds.) (2008). Troubling terrains: Tactics for traversing and transforming contemporary educational research. Post Pressed, pp. i-xvi + 1-235. https://catalogue.nla.gov.au/Record/4364081


McConachie, J., Singh, M. J. G., Danaher, P. A., Nouwens, F., & Danaher, G. R. (Eds.) (2008). Changing university learning and teaching: Engaging and mobilising leadership, quality and technology. Post Pressed, pp. i-xvii + 1-395. https://catalogue.nla.gov.au/Record/4394191


McConachie, J., Harreveld, R. E., Luck, J. T., Nouwens, F., & Danaher, P. A. (Eds.) (2006). Doctrina perpetua: Brokering change, promoting innovation and transforming marginalisation in university learning and teaching. Post Pressed, pp. i-x + 1-267. https://catalogue.nla.gov.au/Record/3820142


Coombes, P. N., Danaher, M. J. M., & Danaher, P. A. (Eds.) (2004). Strategic uncertainties: Ethics, politics and risk in contemporary educational research. Post Pressed, pp. i-xii + 1-210. https://catalogue.nla.gov.au/Record/3297415


Danaher, P. A. (Ed.). (1998). Beyond the ferris wheel: Educating Queensland show children (Studies in open and distance learning no. 1). Central Queensland University Press, pp. i-xiv + 1-209. [This book received the 1999 Open and Distance Learning Association of Australia Award for Excellence in a Book or Non-Print Production Detailing Research.] https://catalogue.nla.gov.au/Record/366094