Dr Dianne Jackson

Opportunity Child

Dianne has more than 30 years’ experience across education, research and not-for-profit management and has focused her career on early childhood development. She is passionate about the wellbeing of children and families, and the social determinants of health and education. 

Prior to leading Opportunity Child, Dianne was the Australian Country Convenor of the European Early Childhood Education Research Association (EECERA) and convenor of its Working with Families Special Interest Group. She was also formerly the Director of Strategic Collaborations at Charles Sturt University and CEO of the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY).

Dianne is co-author of two books ‘Engaging Parents in Early Years Settings’ (Jackson & Needham) and  ‘A Critical Companion to Early Childhood’ (Reed & Walker) both published in 2014 by Sage Publications.

Dianne has a degree in Early Childhood, a First Class Honours degree in Social Science and her doctoral research won the 2010 Best Practitioner Research Award from EECERA.  She also has five children who inspire her work.

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