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About Dr Petra Lietz

BEd Hamburg, MEd Flinders, CTEFLA Cambridge, MAcc CQU, PhD Flinders, GAICD

Dr Petra Lietz joined ACER in February 2009, and was a Senior Research Fellow in the National and International Surveys Program, and Head of State Office South Australia until May 2022. From 2014 - 2021, Dr Lietz was Editor-in-Chief of the Australian Journal of Education, published by ACER in association with SAGE.

Prior to this she was Professor of Quantitative Research Methods at Jacobs University Bremen, Germany, where she taught undergraduate and graduate courses in logic of comparative research, secondary data analysis, statistics, and research design since 2003. Courses in research methods and design also formed part of her responsibilities at Central Queensland University in Rockhampton where she was a Senior Lecturer in Research Methods in the Faculty of Business and Associate Dean Research from 1997-2000.

Dr Lietz has also worked outside academia, as a consultant to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris and the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA) in Hamburg. From 2000 to 2002, she was Assistant Project Director at International Survey Research (then ISR, now Towers-Perrin-ISR) in London, a firm that conducts employee satisfaction surveys for globally as well as nationally operating companies.

Her research interests include survey research methodology and methodological issues in internationally comparative research in which she has been involved since she started to work at the International Coordinating Centre for IEA’s Second International Science Study and Reading Literacy Study at Hamburg University in 1988. Her publications range from contributions to professional journals on the nature of employee satisfaction to referred journal articles of findings from multivariate and multilevel analyses with a focus on factors influencing student achievement in various subject areas. In addition, Dr Lietz has contributed chapters on descriptive and inferential statistics in methods books for the social sciences.


2009 - May 2022 Principal Research Fellow, Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) ACER South Australia

Curriculum Vitae

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Honors and Awards

  • President's Community Involvement Awards (2006) - Jacobs University Bremen
  • Bruce H Choppin Memorial Award (1997) for outstanding thesis
  • Award for Outstanding Master of Education thesis (1993) - Flinders University

Articles (Refereed) (32)