Louise-Phillips-2012The art of stories and storytelling are central to Louise’s worldview, 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.

Louise is an Associate Professor at James Cook University Singapore, where she coordinates early childhood education undergraduate degree programs informed by more than 30 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.