Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Belinda Downey

Proposed title

A Cinderella Profession? Are [in]visible gendered and cultural discourses surrounding the early childhood education and care sector influencing early childhood educators' constructions of their profession? 


My research critically explores the constructed knowledge of early childhood education and care [ECEC] practitioners in the Northern Territory. I am particularly interested in the role gender and culture plays in the construction of the early childhood education and care sector and the profession.

Why I chose CSU

I was working for CSU on the Dubbo campus as an associate lecturer and I had completed my Bachelor degree and honours through CSU. So felt confident in undertaking my PhD through CSU.

Engagement and memberships

Early Childhood Australia


Charles Darwin University & Catholic Education NT (2010) Strong Foundations Literacy and Numeracy Pilot Project – Wadeye. CDU: NT.

Bowes, J., Kitson, R., Simpson, T., Reid, J.-A., Smith, M., Downey, B., Pearce, S., Burns, N., Davis, C., Dickson, M., Doolan, M., French, D., Holzigal, R., Moffatt, L., Mundine, K., Wyver, S., Artery, A., Brain, J., Crawford, L., Davies, C., Fernando, C., Fox, M., McIntyre, S., Reid, I., Smith, L., Stanley, L., Walford, D. & Wilson, J. (2009). Indigenous Child Care Choices Project. NSW Department of Community Services: Sydney.

Early Childhood Education Workforce Capacity Project Team (2009). Building Workforce Capacity for Early Childhood Education for Inland and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australia. DEEWR: Canberra

Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) Conference. (2008). Presenter: Community and Family Involvement in Teacher Education. Programs: Implications for Quality.

New Ideas, New Ways Children Services Conference. (2008). TAFE NSW. Presenter: Leadership; where to from here.

Aboriginal Early Childhood Support Services Unit (AEC) Conference. (2007). Presenter: Children's Creativity and Emergent Curriculum.

Downey, B. (2001). Can I have the keys to the storeroom? Unlocking the closet to GLBT educators. Unpublished Honours Thesis, Charles Sturt University, Bathurst.

Downey, B. (2001) "Good Morning, I'm a Heterosexual": A case in the closet in Rural Australia. Education in Rural Australia, 11(2), 33-43.