Published: August 6, 2020


Congratulations to Dr Kirsten Hancock, a Life Course Centre Research Fellow at The University of Western Australia and Telethon Kids Institute, who has received the Western Australian Institute for Education Research 2020 Early Career Award.

The Western Australian Institute for Educational Research aims to promote and disseminate new education research and strengthen collaborations among researchers and government. Its Early Career Award recognises excellence early in an academic career and encourages continuing contributions to educational research excellence. Kirsten was announced as this year’s winner at the institute’s recent online research forum. Her research investigates the factors that help, and hinder, children to perform to their highest potential at school, with a specific focus on the relationship between school attendance and educational outcomes. The award will support consultation and engagement activities with schools seeking input into future research directions and priorities.

The Early Career Award follows on from Kirsten being the joint winner of the Western Australian Institute for Education Research’s award for Best Postgraduate Publication in Education in 2018 for the study ‘Associations between school absence and academic achievement: Do socioeconomics matter?’ published in the British Educational Research Journal. In 2019, Kirsten was awarded a prestigious Churchill Fellowship to further her research on best practice international strategies addressing student absenteeism.

Dr Kirsten Hancock pictured at the Life Course Centre research retreat in Perth in May 2019.