Project Staff

Research Manager – Dr Marian Mahat, Melbourne

Marian Mahat is the lead Research Fellow of the ILETC project. As the Research Manager, she oversees all research activities and the dissemination of project findings including the management of Research Fellows and project PhD students. Marian has more than twenty years of professional and academic experience, spanning several Australian universities, the Australian Federal and local governments, the LH Martin Institute for Tertiary Leadership and Management, the Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education (MCSHE), as well as the private sector. Highly proficient in both quantitative and qualitative research methods, she has worked on collaborative projects, written numerous publications and presented in conferences in higher education.



Project Manager and Research Fellow – Dr Sarah Healy, Melbourne

Sarah Healy is the Project Manager and a Research Fellow for the ILETC project in 2020. Her role is to coordinate project activities, manage information, and engage with partners and stakeholders. She is responsible for social media, staffing, event management and finances. Sarah also brings her expertise in research theory and practice to the project. Sarah is actively involved in several collaborative research initiatives, has presented at conferences, and regularly publishes her work in academic books and journals. Her PhD, entitled ‘Cracking Open Pedagogy: Learning ‘in’ Intense Environments’, was completed at the University of Melbourne in June 2019. Sarah then became an inaugural recipient of MGSE’s postdoctoral PhD to Publications Award. Sarah currently lectures into the Master of Teaching’s Arts-based Educational Research Capstone (2018-2020).



Research Fellow – Chris Bradbeer, New Zealand

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Chris Bradbeer is a Research Fellow (part time), based in Auckland, New Zealand. His role will be to work closely with New Zealand schools, facilitate data collection in New Zealand and contribute to case study developments. Chris is also Associate Principal at Stonefields School in Auckland, where he has been involved in developing a vision for teaching and learning, building teacher capacity and having the opportunity to consider ‘what might be possible’ in a new school setting.  He is also currently completing a PhD  focusing on the nature of collaborative teacher practices in Innovative Learning Environments in New Zealand.




Previous Staff

Project Manager – Joann Cattlin, Melbourne. (2016-2020)

JCattlinBioJoann Cattlin was the Project Manager for the ILETC project 2016-2020. Her role was to coordinate project activities, information management, engagement with partners and stakeholders, social media, staffing, event management and finances. Joann has worked in universities for the last 15 years as a researcher, project manager and librarian. Joann has co-authored a number of articles, book chapter, project reports, conference papers and websites. She is an experienced reference librarian with a Masters of Information Management (RMIT) and undertakes practice based research in research engagement and knowledge mobilisation. In 2019 she was awarded the Universitas 21/University of Melbourne Professional Staff Scholarship to travel to USA and Canada to investigate university support for knowledge translation (read about this project here).



Research Fellow – Dr Terry Byers, Queensland (2016-2019)

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Terry Byers was  a Research Fellow (part-time), based in Brisbane. His role involved working with schools and project partners in QLD and contributing his quantitative research skills to data collection and analysis. Terry is also Director the Centenary Library at the Anglican Church Grammar School (Churchie) in Brisbane, Queensland, where he oversees the work with teachers to understand better their pedagogical practice in technology-enabled contemporary learning environments and how this affects student learning outcomes and gains. Terry’s doctorate from The University of Melbourne was part of  the ‘Evaluating 21st Century Learning Environments’ ARC Linkage project focusing on empirical evidence of the impact of innovative learning environments.