Her doctoral research is a narrative inquiry using a conceptual framework of rural social space and a pluralistic approach to social justice to explore how rurality shapes the work and experiences of pathways advisors. Melyssa’s research interests include rural communities, youth aspirations, and place in education.
Melyssa is the co-convenor of the Australian Association for Research in Education’s (AARE) Rural Education Special Interest Group and is on the Executive Committee of the Society for the Provision of Education in Rural Australia (SPERA). Additionally, she represents SPERA in the Australian Alliance of Association in Education (AAAE) and is an elected member of their Board of Directors. Melyssa is a co-founder of the Rural Education Research Student Network that connects research students, early career researchers, and experienced scholars who have an interest in rural education research. While this network is mainly digital, it also holds annual International Emerging Rural Scholar Summits in conjunction with major rural research conferences around the world.
Downes, N., & Fuqua, M. (2018). Equity, Access & Quality Education in Rural Australia: A Survey of SPERA Members. Australian and International Journal of Education. 28(1). Retrieved from https://journal.spera.asn.au/index.php/AIJRE/article/view/212
Rural Education Research Students Network