Sustainability, Environment, and the Arts in Education (SEAE) Research Centre

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About Us

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

Purpose and Objectives


Radical education and arts-based research praxes for climate, environmental, and social justice. 


  • Relational research communities

Enliven relationality through collaborative praxis for/with climate, environmental, and social justice education research communities. 

  • Radical philosophies

Centre First Nations, feminist, posthuman, arts, and radical ontologies, epistemologies, subjectivities, and theories in ongoing co-creations and imaginings of knowledge for/with children and the planet.

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            • Transdisciplinary methodologies

            Centre radical inquiry through climate, environmental, and social justice education by connecting and conversing with knowledges from new and different places. 

            • Disrupting education systems

            Respect, recognise, and trouble situated education praxes for radical change in pedagogies, curricula, and policies.

            • Sharing knowledges

            Mobilise climate, environmental, and social justice education research that presses close to local and global issues through publications, creative works, and praxes.

          Project Highlights

          Climate Country: Advancing Child and Youth-led Climate Change Education with Country

          Led by Professor Cutter-Mackenzie-Knowles and has attracted $581,715. An international team will research climate change education approaches with Indigenous and non-Indigenous children, youth and Elders across Australia and Canada. Western and Indigenous perspectives on climate change contrast deeply. This research will generate transcultural understandings about climate change education.

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          Floods + Me

          This project aims to understand children and young people’s flood experiences and its impact on their education. The devastating February 2022 floods in the Norther Rivers saw many early childhood education settings and schools either deemed unsalvageable, temporarily closed, or significantly disrupted. While the immediate priority was to ensure ‘education’ continued across the Northern Rivers, the impact on children and young people and their education is not well understood.

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          Learning with Land (Country as Curriculum)

          The Learning with the Land partnership brings together an international network of art educators to explore how artists and arts-based researchers are taking up the concept of reciprocity to critically engage with the land upon which they live, learn, teach, and create. This partnership focuses on how the arts might help challenge Western-Euro-centric understandings of land and provoke meaningful dialogue and action towards decolonizing education and research practices.

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          Research impact

          The SEAE Research Centre at Southern Cross University stands out for driving change in environmental and arts education.  It's known for its unique transdisciplinary method that has influenced debates, policy, and practice.  The Centre's focus on creative research methods has led to transformative ecological thought and educational models, embracing Indigenous knowledges, posthumanism, and feminist theories.

          Its impact is seen in publications that address educational policy, consent issues among youth, and contributions to climate change education.  Notably, the Centre's work in childhood environmental education has been highly rated in national evaluations, affirming its role in shaping effective educational strategies and responses to global environmental challenges.

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