Dr Gavin Murphy is an Assistant Professor at the School of Education, Trinity College Dublin, where he leads the Leadership and Policy strand of the M.Ed.

Prior to this, Gavin was a Teaching Fellow in Educational Leadership at the School of Education, University College Dublin and an Honorary (Visiting) Fellow at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne. In both of these institutions his work focused on teaching and research connected to educational policy, reform and leadership, as well as work connected to initial and ongoing teacher education more broadly. Gavin also holds an M.Phil. in educational research from the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge, where he held a Cambridge European Scholarship from the Cambridge Trust. Gavin is also a qualified and experienced post-primary school languages teacher.

Gavin's current teaching responsibilities include doctoral, M.Ed., PME and Postgraduate Certificate in 21st Century Teaching and Learning programmes. Gavin is also PME Thesis Coordinator.

During 2020/ 21, Gavin established the 'In Conversation With' pubic webinar series, hosting international experts in the field to talk about educational policy and leadership issues connected to contemporary themes from research, policy and practice.

For an overview of Gavin's research interests, take a look at this short video:


Publications and Further Research Outputs

Gavin Murphy, Exploring Irish-Immersion School Principals' Leadership Identities: Practices, Policy and Professionalism, The European Conference on Educational ResearchGeneva (Online)September 2021, 2021Conference Paper, 2021

Gavin Murphy, Melanie Ní Dhuinn and ShoutOut, Capacity building partnership to promote equity and justice in teacher and school leaders' education for LGBTQ+ school community members, TCD's Pride in ResearchTrinity College DublinJune 2021, 2021Conference Paper, 2021

Evidence-Informed Practice in the Context of the Republic of Ireland in, editor(s)Joel Malin and Chris Brown , The Handbook of Evidence-Informed Practice in Education: Learning from International Contexts, Emerald Publishing Limited, 2021, [Gavin Murphy and Martin Brown]Book Chapter, 2021

Putting research evidence into practice. Policy directions and professional futures. in, Ireland's Yearbook of Education 2020-21 | Education Matters, Dublin, 2021, pp334 - 338, [Gavin Murphy]Book Chapter, 2021

Gavin Murphy, Performing or Reforming? Teacher Leaders' Perspectives of Putting Research into Practice in the Republic of Ireland, The European Conference on Educational ResearchGeneva (Online)September 2021, 2021Conference Paper, 2021

Gavin Murphy, Leadership Preparation in Initial Teacher Education, American Educational Research AssociationSan Francisco2020, 2020Conference Paper, 2020

Gavin Murphy, Leadership preparation, career pathways and the policy context: Irish novice principals' perceptions of their experiences, Educational Management Administration & Leadership, 2020Journal Article, 2020

Bryan Duarte and Gavin Murphy, Engaging With Educational Leadership Researchers Who Pursue Queer Issues: Lessons for Preparation and Development, American Educational Research AssociationSan Francisco2020, 2020Conference Paper, 2020

Exploring and Queer(y)ing the Subjectivity of Educational Leadership Researchers Who Pursue Queer Issues in, editor(s)Richard Niesche and Amanda Heffernan , Theorizing Identity and Subjectivity in Educational Leadership Research, Routledge, 2020, pp176 - 190, [Bryan Duarte and Gavin Murphy]Book Chapter, 2020

Gavin Murphy, A systematic review and thematic synthesis of research on school leadership in the Republic of Ireland, Journal of Educational Administration, 57, (6), 2019, p675 - 689Journal Article, 2019

Bryan Duarte and Gavin Murphy, Queer(y)ing educational leadership researchers who pursue queer issues: What comes next? , University Council for Educational AdministrationNew Orleans2019, 2019Conference Paper, 2019

Taking charge of accountability in, Australian Educational Leader, Australia, 2019, pp52 - 54, [Gavin Murphy and David Gurr]Book Chapter, 2019

Gavin Murphy, Exploring Principals' Understandings and Cultivation of Leadership at All Levels During Initial Teacher Preparation School Placement, International Studies in Educational Administration, 47, (2), 2019, p88-106Journal Article, 2019

A tangled tale? Teachers making sense of school evaluation in The Republic of Ireland in, editor(s)Eli Ottesen and Fiona Stephens , School Evaluation with a Purpose: Stories from European Schools, Routledge, 2018, pp53-66 , [Gavin Murphy]Book Chapter, 2018

Gavin Murphy, A review of leadership preparation and development for the Irish secondary school context, Education Studies Association of IrelandCork2017, 2017Conference Paper, 2017

Gavin Murphy, Student Voice and Participation - A Critical Review with specific reference to the Leadership in and Administration of Irish Post-Primary Schools, European Educational Research AssociationCopenhagen2017, 2017Conference Paper, 2017

Gavin Murphy, (Dis)connected Through Mentoring During School Placement? An Exploratory Case Study of Irish Secondary Schools Since 2014 Initial Teacher Education Reform, European Educational Research AssociationDublin2016, 2016Conference Paper, 2016

Gavin Murphy, Overviewing school leadership: Considerations from theory and research for the Irish context, Leadership and Management in EducationMary Immaculate College, Limerick22 September , 2021, Dr T.J. Ó CeallaighInvited Talk, 2021

Gavin Murphy, Blake Coulter, Jo Gleeson, Quality use of research: Considerations from Ireland and Australia for Irish leaders engaged in school self-evaluation, Leadership+, 2021Review Article, 2021

Teachers' Education Review, 'School Leadership with Gavin Murphy', Australia, 2021, -Broadcast, 2021

Centre for School Leadership, 'Newly appointed senior leaders' perceptions of their preparation in a reformed policy context', (Blogs and Fireside Chats),, Centre for School Leadership, 2020, -Broadcast, 2020

Dympna Devine, Ciara Nic Cárthaigh, Gavin Murphy, So, How Was School Today?, Dublin, 2017Report, 2017

Research Expertise

    • Title
      • QUEER(Y)ING: Asking questions of teacher and school leader education for LGBTI+ youth and schooling
    • Summary
      • This project maps the provision of formal and informal evidence-based education through teacher and school leader education provision nationally. Its aims are: 1. to assist in the promotion of LGBTI+ inclusive schools and society; 2. to have equal, fair and just educational experiences for the LGBTI+ community in all schools; and 3. to realise Ireland's inclusive education policy context through professional learning opportunities, including the generation of a website for this purpose from an LGBTI+ perspective. It is a government-funded project and is connected to the National LGBTI+ Youth Strategy. This project is in collaboration with Dr Declan Fahie, School of Education, University College Dublin.
    • Funding Agency
      • Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth
    • Date From
      • 2019
    • Date To
      • 2020


    • Title
      • School leader preparation, development and identity in post-primary immersion schools
    • Summary
      • This small-scale project, funded by An Chomhairle um Oideachas Gaeltachta agus Gaelscolaíochta, explores the educational policy and leadership context of minority language immersion schooling in Ireland, eliciting the voices and experiences of a cohort of practising principals in both Gaeltacht and non-Gaeltacht areas.
    • Funding Agency
      • An Chomhairle um Oideachas Gaeltachta agus Gaelscolaíochta
    • Date From
      • 2018
    • Date To
      • 2020


    • Title
      • Capacity Building for LGBTI+ Inclusion in Teacher & School Leaders' Education
    • Summary
      • Funded by the Department of Justice. Collaborative research with ShoutOut and teacher education and professional learning scholars.
    • Funding Agency
      • Department of Justice
    • Date From
      • 2020
    • Date To
      • 2021

Publications and Further Research Outputs

    Endeavour Research Fellowship, Australia Awards2018

    Cambridge European Scholarship, Cambridge Trust2015

Registered Teacher, The Teaching Council2012 – 2021

External Examiner, University of Glasgow

External Examiner, University College Cork2021

Research Engagement Group, Teaching Council

Board of Management, Post-Primary School