Deana is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Education at Monash University, Australia. Her research interests are framed by a concern about the political and moral work that is ‘done’ under the guise of improving the health of children and young people in educational settings. Her research draws from Foucauldian and post Foucauldian writings on governmentality, to consider the various mentalities that are assembled together in policy and curriculum and how they are translated into key pedagogical spaces.
She is currently involved in two ARC projects. The first project 'The digitisation of school health and physical education' explores how the use of digital technology is reconfiguring pedagogical practices in HPE. The ARC is led by Associate Professor Michael Gard (UQ) and includes Professor Deborah Lupton (University of Canberra) and Associate Professor Carolyn Pluim (Northern Illinois University).