John McIntyre is an Australian policy researcher in the area of adult learning where he has long been an advocate for the community education sector.

He has been a teacher and researcher at the University of Technology Sydney, a member of the Board of Adult and Community Education and Chair of of the NSW Advisory Committee on Community Education.

He is an Adult Learning Australia Research Fellow and since 2010 has been an Adjunct in the Faculty of Education, Science, Technology and Mathematics at the University of Canberra.

Recent work on capacity building in ACE providers includes Enterprising ACE (for Adult Learning Australia, 2010) and Engagement, Knowledge and Capability: Connecting Research and Policy to Practice (for the Victorian ACFE Board, 2007).
In 2012 he contributed a policy history of lifelong learning in adult and vocational education in Australia to the Second International Handbook of Lifelong Learning (Springer 2012).

See biography and recent publications

Browse the archive of ACE research

Browse papers on research and policy

See papers on participation in ACE


Download the report, Engagement, Knowledge and Capability: Connecting Research and Policy to Practice as full report or journal article.

Preview the Second Springer International Handbook of Lifelong Learning chapter here

John has researched the Theatre for Children founded and directed by Rosemarie Benjamin in Sydney from 1937 to 1957. Read about the Theatre for Children as webpage or as journal article. For the Freudian influence on Benjamin, see the Freud and Oceania blog.

He has a long-standing interest in the Buddhist meditation practice of satipaṭṭhāna vipassanā. He is a member of the Trust that operates the Blue Mountains Insight Meditation Centre.

Since 2015 he has been researching a history of Wat Buddha Dhamma, a leading Theravada organisation established in 1978. More information about the Wat Buddha Dhamma history project can be found here.

Recent research