Professor Ninetta Santoro

University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland

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Professor Ninetta Santoro was appointed to the position of Professor of Education at the University of Strathclyde in January 2013. Her previous university appointments were as Professor of Education and Head of the School of Teacher Education at Charles Sturt University in Australia and as a Senior Lecturer at Deakin University in Australia. She has over 12 years experience as a secondary teacher of English and English as an Additional Language in secondary schools and in adult education settings in Australia.

Ninetta is sought after as a keynote speaker for international conferences and as a key speaker for research seminars and workshops. Since 2008 she has been a co-editor of the Asia Pacific Journal of Teacher Education. She is currently an Adjunct Professor at Charles Sturt University in Australia.


Professor Santoro's research interests lie in post-structuralist theories of practice and teacher and learner identity as well as qualitative research methodologies for culturally diverse contexts. Her published work contributes to a body of literature significant to the scholarly debates around teachers of cultural and linguistic diversity and the preparation of teachers for culturally and linguistically diverse contexts. Professor Santoro has secured a number of competitive research grants including Australian Research Council grants and commissioned research grants that have investigated the experiences of overseas-born and educated non-native English-speaking teachers and Indigenous teachers, pedagogies for culturally and linguistically diverse schooling contexts, teacher education for diverse contexts and the education of refugee students. Most recently she has been working on a funded project investigating the out-of-school resources and practices that facilitate African refugee students’ educational success in rural and regional Australia and a study investigating the effectiveness of international teaching experiences for Australian teacher education students.

Professor Santoro has published widely in journals and books in the areas of classroom practice, teacher education and research methodology. Her work is widely cited in a range of international journals and her early work around teachers of ethnic difference in the Australian teaching profession is among the earliest published in the field.