Blake Cutler is an early-career researcher based in Melbourne. He is currently a PhD Candidate in the Faculty of Education at Monash University.

He is also an experienced multi-instrumentalist and is currently a Music Teacher at a Government Primary School in South-East Melbourne.
Image by Lara McKinley, Monash Education.

As a researcher, Blake draws on a variety of qualitative and quantitative methods from autoethnography to structural equation modeling. He began his PhD in 2022 and more information on his thesis can be found under the Research Interests tab.

Alongside his own research program, Blake currently contributes to three primary research activities in the Faculty of Education at Monash University:

1) The Monash Q Project

As a member of the Q Project team, Blake investigates how research evidence is used in schools, and how to support educators to better use that evidence in their practice. He has a particular interest in early-career teachers’ experiences of joining the profession and what it means to be a ‘research engaged’ educator.

2) Monash Centre for Youth Policy and Education Practice (CYPEP)

Blake is an inaugural member of the CYPEP research team. In this role, he explores sociocultural and pedagogical issues within educational practice, especially in relation to young people’s gender and sexual identities, career aspirations and experiences of schooling in general. He is also a co-investigator on a project with Prof. Lucas Walsh and Assoc. Prof. Libby Tudball investigating young people’s environmental activism on social media. 

3) Initial Teacher Education and LGBTIQ-inclusion

Blake is a co-investigator on a longitudinal research project exploring how we can best support pre-service and early-career teachers to adopt LGBTIQ-inclusive pedagogies. He explores the interrelationships between identity, sexuality and practice as well as how we can better foster inclusive cultures in educational institutions.  

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