Karen Malone

Dr Malone is Professor of Education and Research Director, in the Department of Education at Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne. Professor Malone researches in urban ecologies, science and environmental education and childhood studies with a specific focus on children’s encounters of damaged urban landscapes. Most of her research has been conducted in majority world nations funded by UNICEF Child Friendly Cities Initiatives, with her most current global research project being Children in the Anthropocene. Her international research activities are conducted using postqualitative research with young children and their families in a variety of geographically diverse locations. During her career Professor Malone has authored 7 books and over 100 other publications. She is co-author of the International Research Handbook on Childhoodnature and first named editor of the book series Children: Global Posthumanist perspectives and materialist theories.

Judith Wilks

Coming from a Geography background Judith worked for many years as an Environmental Planner. She has also taught in a range of Geography, Sociology and Environmental Planning courses at the University of Melbourne, the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, and the University of New England. Judith has also taught a wide range of social science-based subjects Years 7–12 in NSW high schools in the state and Catholic education systems. In 2007 she won the NSW Premier’s Energy Australia Environmental Education Teacher Scholarship to travel to Italy and the UK to study leading practice in UNICEF’s Creating Child Friendly Cities initiatives. Judith has been awarded numerous awards including the "Geoff Connolly Memorial Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Geography Bulletin of the NSW Geography Teachers Association" for an HSC Geography Case Study on Mangrove Ecosystems.

Sharon Parry

Sharon is an Associate Professor of Higher Education in the School of Education. She currently coordinates the Masters of Education Program and takes responsibility for the development of research in higher education in the School, leading the redevelopment of the MEd program. Sharon worked in research and development in higher education from 1984 and has been at Southern Cross since 1993. Prior to her appointment to the School of Education, she was the Director, Teaching and Learning Centre at the University and inaugural president of the Council of Australian Directors Academic Development. Her current research concerns the relationship between epistemological foundations of academic culture and the influence of those on knowledge-making and reporting. Her empirical research fields are research degree supervision, educational program evaluation, discipline-specific writing, student assessment, academic standards and their maintenance and advancement and the nature of academic work.