Research Groups

Members of the FEFRI are part of research centres, groups or clusters. Members of these research centres, groups or clusters engage in individual research activities, or collaborate with colleagues from other research groups, either from within the College of Education, Psychology and Social Work, other Flinders University disciplines, or external universities.


Sport, Health, Activity, Performance and Exercise (SHAPE)

SHAPE began life in 2007 as the Physical Education Research Group. In 2009, Professor Murray Drummond expanded the group to include sport and health research and subsequently re-named the research group SHAPE. The group brings together researchers at Flinders University each with a unique focus around sport, health and physical education.

Student Wellbeing and Prevention of Violence (SWAPv)

The Centre is dedicated to making a difference to the health and wellbeing of young people’s lives focusing on promoting mental health and preventing violence in educational settings. SWAPv has a number of special interest groups.

Clusters and Groups

Leadership and Management Group (FLAME)

We share a commitment to sustainable organisations and government through the development of leadership and management capacity.

Flinders Research in Early Childhood Education (FREChE)

FREChE was established in 2008. The group comprises academics, post-graduate students and professional educators who share a commitment to research that enhances the development of equitable and socially just early childhood education and care.

Research in Special Education (RISE)

Members of the Research in Special Education (RISE) group are academics, post graduate students and professional educators with interests in a diverse range of areas associated with special and inclusive education.

Sciences of Learning in Education (SoLE)

The purpose of the SoLE research group is to bring together researchers in the School of Education and at Flinders University who are interested in the better understanding of the complex processes involved in learning within an interdisciplinary perspective that includes socio-cultural, cognitive, and neuroscience perspectives. The group is committed to undertaking basic and applied research in learning for the improvement of education.

Social Inquiry

The Social Justice Research Collective (SJRC) was established midway through 2004. It is comprised of both early career and experienced researchers from the School of Education who are broadly interested in social justice pedagogies and research.

Sustainbility of Educational Initiatves

The Sustainability of Educational Initiatives project is funded by an ARC Discovery Project grant, and aims to understand more about how effective educational initiatives can be sustained over longer terms.


Former research groups


KidsMatter aimed to improve the mental health and wellbeing of children, reduce mental health problems amongst children, and achieve greater support for children experiencing mental health difficulties, and their families. It included KidsMatter Early Childhood, designed for implementation in preschools and long day care: and KidsMatter Primary, designed for implementation in Australian primary schools.