Frances' research interests include early childhood policy, integrated programmes for children and families, and the identification and sustenance of high quality early childhood programmes, particularly for infants.
She has been a Chief Investigator on four non-government competitive grants, an ARC Discovery Grant and an ARC Linkage Grant. Frances is a member of CSU's Research Institute for Professional Practice, Learning and Education (RIPPLE), a multi-disciplinary research centre that conducts high-quality applied research and consultation. She is also a member of the Early Childhood Education (ECE) Collaborative Research Network (CRN) comprising 62 researchers from CSU, Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and Monash University.
Frances' (PhD: Sociology) teaching and research interests cover the areas of early childhood policy, the sociology of early childhood, and the leadership of early childhood programmes. She has worked extensively with academic, government and non-government bodies on issues related to child and family policy and has a particular interest in examining policy and practice from the stance of children's rights. As well as undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and research, Frances has strong links with the early childhood field. She is frequently called upon to provide professional support, particularly to leaders and managers of early childhood programmes.