Associate Professor Gloria Dall'Alba

Honorary Associate Professor

School of Education
Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences


Gloria Dall'Alba is an Honorary Associate Professor in the School of Education at the University of Queensland and higher education consultant at GD Higher Ed Consulting. Her research focuses on learning and teaching in higher education and the workplace, with a particular interest in educating for the professions and the philosophy of higher education. After completing a PhD at Monash University in Australia and Postdoctoral Fellowship at Gothenburg University in Sweden, she has held positions at the University of Queensland, the University of Melbourne and RMIT University, as well as at Karolinska Institute and a secondment to Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden. She has published widely on a range of issues relating to higher education, workplace learning and research inquiry. A strong strand of her research is interdisciplinary. She has collaborated with researchers from Australia, New Zealand, Denmark, Ireland, Sweden and the USA from the fields of higher education, pharmacy, business, dentistry, engineering, forensic science, medicine, nursing, philosophy and physics.

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Research Interests

  • Education for the professions
  • Learning and teaching in higher education
  • Philosophy of higher education
  • Learning in workplace settings


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Monash University
  • Bachelor (Honours), James Cook University


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Book Chapter

  • Dall’Alba, Gloria (2018). Evaluative judgement for learning to be in a digital world. Developing evaluative judgement in higher education: assessment for knowing and producing quality work. (pp. 18-27) edited by David Boud, Rola Ajjawi, Phillip Dawson and Joanna Tai. Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9781315109251-3

  • Dall’Alba, Gloria (2018). Reframing expertise and its development: a lifeworld perspective. The Cambridge handbook of expertise and expert performance. (pp. 33-39) edited by K. Anders Ericsson, Robert R. Hoffman, Aaron Kozbelt and A. Mark Williams. Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press. doi: 10.1017/9781316480748.003

  • Dall'Alba, Gloria (2016). Phenomenology of higher education. Encyclopedia of educational philosophy and theory. (pp. 1-5) edited by Michael A. Peters. Singapore, Singapore: Springer Science + Business Media. doi: 10.1007/978-981-287-532-7_95-1

  • Dall'Alba, Gloria and Sandberg, Jörgen (2014). A phenomenological perspective on researching work and learning. International handbook of research in professional and practice-based learning. (pp. 279-304) edited by Stephen Billett, Christian Harteis and Hans Gruber. Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-94-017-8902-8_11

  • Dall'Alba, Gloria (2012). Re-imagining the university: developing a capacity to care. The future university: ideas and possibilities. (pp. 112-122) edited by Ronald Barnett. New York, USA: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9780203810446

  • Vu, Thuy T. and Dall'Alba, Gloria (2011). Becoming authentic professionals: Learning for authenticity. "Becoming" a professional: An interdisciplinary analysis of professional learning. (pp. 95-108) edited by Lesley Scanlon. Dordrech, The Netherlands: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-94-007-1378-9

  • Dall'Alba, Gloria and Sandberg, Jorgen (2010). Learning through and about practice: A lifeworld perspective. Learning through practice: Models, traditions, orientations and approaches. (pp. 104-119) edited by Stephen Billett. Dordrecht: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-90-481-3939-2_6

  • Dall'Alba, Gloria (2009). A Deepening Crisis of Confidence in the Professions. A Deepening Crisis of Confidence in the Professions. (pp. 3-+) BERLIN: SPRINGER-VERLAG BERLIN. doi: 10.1007/978-90-481-2608-8_1

  • Dall'Alba, G. (2009). Introduction to diverse approaches to phenomenology and education. Exploring Education Through Phenomenology: Diverse Approaches. (pp. 1-3) edited by G. Dall'Alba.. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell. doi: 10.1002/9781444322828.ch1

  • Dall'Alba, G. (2009). Learning professional ways of being: Ambiguities of becoming. Exploring Education Through Phenomenology: Diverse Approaches. (pp. 41-52) edited by G. Dall'Alba. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell. doi: 10.1002/9781444322828.ch5

  • Sandberg, J. and Dall'Alba, G. (2006). Re-framing competence development at work. Improving workplace learning: Emerging international perspectives. (pp. 107-121) edited by G. Castleton, R. Gerber and H. Pillay. New York: Nova Science.

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PhD and MPhil Supervision

Note for students: Associate Professor Gloria Dall'Alba is not currently available to take on new students.

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