Associate Professor Jenny Povey

Jenny is a research psychologist and has expertise in survey development, evaluative research, and collecting social science survey data. Jenny’s research focuses broadly on evidence-based practice and social policy evaluation and more specifically on education effectiveness (identifying and understanding the lessons that can be drawn from existing practices), parent engagement in student learning, and reducing intergenerational disadvantage.

Research interests

  • School leadership
  • School culture
  • Parent engagement
  • Child well-being
  • Intergenerational transfer of education aspirations, values and attitudes
  • Disadvantaged communities
  • Evidenced based policy and practice
  • Cross-cultural research
  • social policy evaluation
  • Psychometrics
  • Innovative methods and techniques
  • Survey methodology
  • Quantitative data analysis methods
  • Qualitative data analysis methods
  • Education effectiveness
  • Mixed methods


Associate Investigator


  • Psychology


Bachelor Arts (Honors), Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
Master of Arts, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
PhD, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University