Upcoming Events


Current popular seminars / workshops from A/Prof Eacott include:

For an academic seminar

Theoretical notes on a relational approach to organizational theory

Classic organizational theories build on substantialist assumptions and grant ontological status to organizations. Rarely do the underlying generative principles of scholarship get illuminated. Drawing on insights from sociology, organizational, leadership, and management studies, education, and specifically educational administration and leadership, the relational research program offers a methodological framework for scholarship. In this seminar A/Prof Eacott articulates a valuable series of ‘starting points’ for the intellectual resources of the relational research program with an even more valuable ‘concept glossary’, providing analytical description of the three key resources of auctor, organizing activity, and spatio-temporal conditions. In doing so, this paper sets out many of the relations among key concepts that the relational program offers for understanding organizing.

For a research workshop with higher degree researchers / early career researchers

Relational inquiry in educational administration and leadership

The relational research program offers a fruitful approach to the study of educational administration and leadership. Built on five relational extensions and three key concepts, it offers a means of engaging with the messiness of the social world while focused on making a productive contribution. In this workshop A/Prof Eacott will facilitate dialogue and debate concerning how one might go about mobilizing the relational methodology in developing a research project, or writing a dissertation / thesis, journal article, or book. Drawing on actual examples from Honours, doctoral projects and his own work, this hands-on workshop will introduce participants to the relational template, a resource developed by A/Prof Eacott to assist those mobilizing the relational approach in their writing projects.


For a practitioner seminar

A relational approach to educational leadership

Educating is political. Decisions regarding what is taught, how it is taught, and how students are assessed reflect a version of what makes an effective school. Of course what is judged as effective is contested, but do we contest? I have no doubts that schools are good at what they prioritise – but are they clear about those priorities? In this seminar presentation A/Prof Eacott works through his relational approach to propose a flipped approached to school leadership. His core argument is built on three matters: i) effectiveness begins with clarity of purpose; ii) you are judged on your level of coherence against that purpose; and iii) you construct the narrative for your school. The result is a broad principle that recognises there is one size fits all approach to education, an embrace of professionalism in the justification of practices, and flipping the criteria for effective to educators and not those outside of schools. When taken together, this argument is about empowering educators to build a version of education and enacting that in the interests of students.

The following are a list of upcoming events that A/Prof Eacott will be presenting at:

18 Feb 2020     Seminar series commences

17 Apr 2020     AERA conference (San Francisco, USA)

08 May 2020     Steiner School Leadership conference (Queensland)

18 May 2020     University of Oslo (Norway)

27 May 2020     Queensland Principals Conference (Queensland)

01 Jun 2020     Canadian Sociological Association (London, Ontario)

13 Aug 2020     South Australian Principals Conference (Adelaide, SA)

30 Sep 2020     Australian Council for Educational Leaders (ACEL) conference


In recognition of his work, A/Prof Eacott has been invited to give keynote addresses in Canada, Norway, Indonesia, South Africa, Mexico and be a speaker at an American Educational Research Association (AERA) international conference on Principals’ Time Use.

Within Australia, A/Prof Eacott has delivered invited addresses to groups at national (e.g. National Educational Leadership Summit), state (e.g., Queensland Studies Authority; NSW Secondary Principals Council; NSW Principal School Leadership Group), and regional levels (e.g., Port Jackson, Bondi, Lake Macquarie, Newcastle, Queanbeyan, Maitland-Newcastle, and Liverpool principal associations), and other universities (e.g., Sydney, New South Wales, Queensland, Flinders, Western Australia, UniSA, Monash, Melbourne, and Newcastle).

A selection of past presentations include:

A selection of past development workshops include:

To request A/Prof Eacott to come and speak at your next event please contact him to discuss finer details.