Dr Lisa Jean Darragh

2014 - PhD Education (mathematics); 2006 – Masters of Education (first class honours); 1997 – Bachelor of Education; 1996 – Diploma of Teaching (primary)


I have taught at the University of Auckland since February 2018. Prior to this I spent three years living in Santiago, Chile while I completed a postdoctorate at the Universidad de Chile. I completed my PhD in 2014, having studied children's mathematics learner identity as they transition to secondary school. Prior to my academic life I was a teacher of Year 8 students at Kowhai Intermediate school.

Research interests: I use the notion of performativity to explore mathematics identity of learners and teachers, considering the wider social and political contexts in which they are situated.

Teaching: I teach mathematics education to pre-service primary teachers. My masters and doctoral students are typically teachers who have an interest in mathematics education.

Service roles: I am a member of the International committe for Mathematics Education in Society (MES). I belong to MERGA, NZARE, PMA, and IOWME. I currently serve on the CURRPD research comittee. I am on the editorial boards of Educational Studies in Mathematics (ESM) and the Journal of Mathematics Teacher Education (JMTE).


Research | Current

My current research interests are:

  • Mathematics learner and teacher identities in online contexts.

  • Online mathematics instructional programs

  • Inclusive mathematics teaching practices

  • Parents' perspectives on mathematics learning

Teaching | Current

All levels of mathematics education in the school of Curriculum and Pedagogy.

Postgraduate supervision

I welcome new masters and PhD students, especially those interested in mathematics education and / or issues of learner and teacher identity


  • 2015 – Fondecyt post-doc funding
  • 2013 – Presenters prize at Faculty of Education Doctoral and Postgraduate Symposium.
  • 2012 – Finalist in 3 minute thesis competition at Auckland University
  • 2011 – First place (equal) presentation at Mathematics Department Student Research Conference
  • 2011 – University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship
  • 2010 – CLNZ Educational Publishing Award – Best book or series in primary education (for ‘Maths in the Media’) see: http://bpanz.org.nz/?option=com_content&view=article&id=122&Itemid=35
  • 2005 – NZEI (New Zealand Education Institution) study award


Director of EDCURRIC 108

Seminars portfolio for school Research Committee

Areas of expertise

Mathematics and statistics education

Learner identity

Committees/Professional groups/Services

International committee Mathematics Education in Society (MES)

Primary Mathematics Association (PMA) - vice president since 2019.


Editorial boards: ESM, JMTE

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Darragh, L., & Valoyes-Chavez, L. (2019). Blurred lines: producing the mathematics student through discourses of special educational needs in the context of reform mathematics in Chile. EDUCATIONAL STUDIES IN MATHEMATICS, 101 (3), 425-439. 10.1007/s10649-018-9875-7
  • Darragh, L., & Radovic, D. (2019). "To Tia with love": Chilean mathematics teacher identities after professional development. ZDM-MATHEMATICS EDUCATION, 51 (3), 517-527. 10.1007/s11858-018-01023-7
  • Lisa Darragh (2018). Loving and Loathing: Portrayals of School Mathematics in Young Adult Fiction. Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, 49 (2), 178-178. 10.5951/jresematheduc.49.2.0178
  • Darragh, L. (2017). Performing girl and good at mathematics: Scripts in young adult fiction. In A. Chronaki (Ed.) Mathematics in life and times of crisis: Proceedings of the ninth international mathematics education in society conference, 1, 232-236. Volos, Greece: MES9.
  • Darragh, L. (2017). Fears and desires: Researching teachers in neoliberal contexts. In A. Chronaki (Ed.) Mathematics Education in life and times of crisis: Proceedings of the ninth international mathematics education and society conference, 1, 227-231. Volos, Greece.
  • Darragh, L. (2016). Identity research in mathematics education. Educational Studies in Mathematics, 93 (1), 19-33. 10.1007/s10649-016-9696-5
  • Darragh, L. (2016). Obstáculos y oportunidades después del desarrollo profesional en matemática primaria. In S. Estrella, M. Goizueta, C. Guerrero, A. Mena, J. Mena, E. Montoya, A. Morales, M. Parranguez, E. Ramos, Vásquez P (Eds.) Actas. XX jornadas nacionales de educación matemática, 420-423. Valparaiso, Chile.
  • Darragh, L. (2015). Recognising gender in mathematics identity performances-Playing the fool?. In S. Mukhopadhyay, B. Greer (Eds.) Proceedings of the eighth international mathematics education and society conference, 2, 441-454. Portland, OR, USA: MES8.

Contact details

Primary office location

Level 2, Room 222
New Zealand