Doune Macdonald, PhD

BHMS Qld., BHMS(Ed)(Hons) Qld., PhD Deakin, GAICD
  • Professor Doune Macdonald has been appointed to the role of Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Teaching & Learning) at the Institute for Teaching and Learning Innovation, commencing 1 January 2015
  • Professor in Pedagogy

Contact details

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Professor Macdonald is a Professor of Pedagogy and served as Head of School of Human Movement Studies from 2004 to 2013. During this period she won aUQ Vice Chancellor's Leadership Award.  She has won national and UQ awards for excellence in teaching and has attracted very significant ARC and consultancy funding for research in health, physical education and sport policy, curriculum, and equity. Professor Macdonald has published nine books and over 150 book chapters and research papers.  She is an International Fellow of the National Academy of Kinesiology, USA, and the Association Internationale des Ecoles Superieures d'Education Physique (AIESEP), a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD) and serves on the board of the Brisbane Grammar School.  


View a list of Doune Macdonald's publications

Research Interests

Professor Macdonald is a leader in her specialist field of Health & Physical Education and has been centrally involved in the development of HPE as a curriculum area in Australian schools.  The past decade has brought a number of changes to the field of health and physical education in the school and tertiary sector. Professor Macdonald's research interests have attempted to understand these shifts through the lens of professional socialisation, discourse analysis and identity construction using predominantly qualitative methods. In particular, much of her work has addressed the challenges of curriculum reform and its impact upon teachers and teaching.  More recently Professor Macdonald's interests have moved outside the formal education sphere to broader questions of physical activity and young people with two funded projects looking at at-risk young people and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. Her current ARC-funded projects "Teachers as Health Workers" and "Health and Physical Education Without Borders" draw on contemporary theories in globalisation, network governance and education policy.

Key Research Projects

For more information about Doune Macdonald's research projects, please see the School's Australian Centre of Sport, Physical & Health Education Research (ACOSPHER).