Sustainability, Environment and the Arts in Education (SEAE)

Children making art together outside

This research concentration was established in 2012 and is co-led by Professor Amy Cutter-Mackenzie-Knowles and Professor Alexandra Lasczik.

The Sustainability, Environment, and the Arts in Education (SEAE) Research Cluster is globally recognised for enacting profound change in/through transdisciplinary environmental and Arts education research that disrupts and generates new ways of being and becoming, which provokes dynamic responses to critical local-global calamities.

This research cluster represents a large collective of researchers working across sustainability, environment and the Arts in education. This cluster is unique and has a transdisciplinary research focus which directly informs public debate, policy, advocacy and practice.

facebook   twitter

View current projects   

The SEAE Research Cluster squarely:

  1. Engages in creative research practices to disrupt and transform ecological thought and action in the context of anthropogenic climate change
  2. Stimulates transformation of/through nature interrelationships in the Anthropocene;
  3. Engages and foregrounds Indigenous philosophies and knowings
  4. Actively disrupts and transforms models of education (curriculum, pedagogy and policy) through ecological and artful positionings
  5. Interrogates and advances a range of theories in posthuman, socioecological, poststructural, and intersectional feminism
  6. Interrogates and advances a range of methodologies including post qualitative, Arts-based, child/youth-framed, and participatory research
  7. Enacts public pedagogy through ecological and artful practice
  8. Communicates and disseminates research discovery through transformative and creative impact and engagement modalities.

SEAE Impact and Engagement:

  1. Melissa Wolfe - Mapping gendered affects: an inquiry into student feelings on entry to an Australian selective STEM high school. Journal of Gender Studies, 1-14. (December 2022)
  2. David Roussel and Professor Amy-Cutter-Mackenzie-Knowles - Posthuman research playspaces  Climate child imaginaries (Routledge, December 2022)
  3. Associate Professor Louise Phillips - How storytelling can work as a pedagogy to facilitate children’s English as a foreign language learning. (Language Teaching Research, November 2022)
  4. Dr Melissa Wolfe - An affective cartography of choice, aspiration and belonging; mapping students’ feelings during an Australian rural student science exchange program (The Australian Educational Researcher, October 2022)
  5. Dr Melissa Wolfe - Erasures of gender in/equity in Australian schooling: "The program is not about turning boys into girls" (Gender and Education, July 2022)
  6. Professor Lexi Lasczik - Propositional A/r/tography: An Analytical Protocol (Qualitative Inquiry June 2022)
  7. Associate Professor Louise Phillips - Qld Education Horizon Grant Enabling child and youth global citizenship literacies and leadership. Funding $66,400
  8. Associate Professor Louise Phillips: Teaching profession struggling with pandemic burnout (The Age, December 3, 2021)
  9. The Childhoodnature Play Research Team: Children learn science in nature play long before they get to school classrooms and labs (The Conversation, September 23, 2021)
  10. SEAE’s research impact in childhood environmental education evaluated at the highest level in Australia’s Engagement and Impact evaluation

The team behind SEAE

Meet the team behind the Sustainability, Environment and the Arts in Education research cluster.

SEAE research candidates

Look through the team of research candidates working on the SEAE research cluster.

Sustainability Pledge

Join Southern Cross staff and students to create a more ecologically sustainable future, in our own lives and as a university community.

Contact the Faculty of Education

Executive Team

T: 07 5589 3463


Our People

Course Coordinators

Our People

Professional Experience Team

T: 02 6620 3138


Our People

Education Research Team

T: 07 5589 3123


Our People