Published: July 5, 2021

Congratulations to Life Course Centre student Narayan Panthi, the winner of the 2021 Three Minute Thesis (3MT) heat held at the Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR) at the University of Queensland last week. Similar to last year, this year’s event was held in a virtual format via video submission due to COVID-19 lockdown and social distancing measures. 

Narayan’s presentation, based on his PhD research, was titled ‘Learning together: Supporting educators to manage behavioural challenges in early childhood services’. He outlined how behavioural challenges in young children are a major driver of high staff turnover in the early childhood sector, and how his research aims to develop practical knowledge and tools to help educators better understand and respond to challenging behaviour in a tailored, individualised way. Narayan (pictured left) is supervised by Life Course Centre researchers Dr Sally Staton, Dr Sandra Houen and Professor Karen Thorpe at ISSR. He will now progress to the UQ Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS) 3MT Final in August. The People’s Choice winner of the ISSR 3MT heat was Edmund Kanmiki, an ISSR student whose PhD research focuses on improving equity in health and access to maternal and child health services through community-based primary healthcare programs.

This year celebrates the 14th year of the 3MT at UQ. More information here.


Narayan was judged the winner of the UQ HASS Faculty 3MT Final in August and progressed to the UQ 3MT Final Showcase in September. You can watch his 3MT presentation here.