The art of stories and storytelling have been core to Louise’s worldview for more than two decades, through her practices as a professional storyteller, early childhood teacher, early childhood consultant and academic. Louise performs stories, plays with stories, writes stories, presents workshops on storytelling, and weaves stories and storytelling into research methodology and writings for their great capacity to cultivate deep understandings of humanity. Her doctoral study investigated possibilities of young children’s active citizenship through a practice of social justice storytelling.
Phillips is an academic in the School of Education at The University of Queensland, where she teaches early years, arts and literacy education informed by more than 25 years experience of working with children across various settings, as an early childhood educator, storyteller, consultant, researcher and tertiary educator. Louise continues to research children’s civic participation through arts based pedagogy and methodology in collaborative work with children and artists. Her research on children’s citizenship and storytelling has been published nationally and internationally.