• PhD, University of Queensland, Faculty of Arts, School of Philosophy, Religion and Classics. Thesis title Arriving at a New Beginning: Redefining Socratic Pedagogy. Supervised by Dr Gilbert Burgh and Professor Fred D’Agostino. Awarded April 2009.
  • Graduate Diploma in Education (Early Childhood), Queensland University of Technology June 2007. Awarded S1 Teacher Rating (highest possible rating).
  • Honours (First Class) in the Bachelor of Contemporary Studies (BCS), University of Queensland, 2003. Supervised by Dr Gilbert Burgh. Dissertation assessed by Dr Phillip Cam (University of NSW) and Susan Wilkes (Melbourne University).
  • Bachelor of Arts (Contemporary Studies), University of Queensland, 2001. Majoring in ‘Ethics and Philosophy’ and ‘Culture, Language and Identity’

Current research interests

Research interests include the comparisons between various models of dialogue, the development of multi-dimensional thinking and the cultivation and practice of kindness in education. In 2012 Dr Davey Chesters published a book based on her research entitled The Socratic Classroom: Reflective Thinking through Collaborative Inquiry (Sense Publishers) and in 2013 co-authored classroom resource Philosophical and Ethical Inquiry in the Middle Years and Beyond (Australian Curriculum Studies of Australia, with Lynne Hinton, Liz Fynes-Clinton and Rosie Scholl). She has presented her work in a number of global forums including as a key note speaker at the Plato Conference in New Orleans, USA and as an invited presenter at the Creative Engagements conference, Oxford University, UK.

Current research projects

Dr Davey Chesters is currently involved in a project developing understandings of how kindness relates specifically to philosophical and ethical inquiry. The project addresses the idea that kindness can be developed in the classroom by looking at its application across the disciplines. While we want individuals to become caring and reflective individuals, the display of kindness specifically brings with it something more actionable, tangible and powerful. What is needed is an examination of what we mean by kindness and how education may be foundational to its development, promotion and practice.

Other activities and service

  • Adjunct Professor at St Josephs College, Brooklyn, New York (2014-15)
  • Research Ethics Advisory
  • Founder of Upper West Side Kindness Council