Meet the team
SEAE Research Leader
Amy Cutter-Mackenzie-Knowles (BEd Hons Griffith, PhD CQU) is a Professor of Sustainability, Environment and Education at Southern Cross University, School of Education, Australia. She is the Deputy Dean Research & HDR Training for the School of Education, as well as the Research Leader of the Sustainability, Environment and the Arts in Education (SEAE) Research Cluster. She has led over 40 research projects in environmental education and published over 150 publications largely centred on ontologies in/as nature through socioecological and more recently posthumanist theoretical orientations. She has a particular interest in child-framed arts-based research methodologies.
Amy has also been recognised for both her teaching and research excellence in environmental education, including an OLT Teaching Excellence Award, Citation and the Australian Association for Environmental Education Fellowship (Life Achievement Award) for her outstanding contribution to environmental education research.
SEAE Deputy Research Leader
Associate Professor Alexandra Lasczik (formerly Cutcher)
Alexandra Lasczik (BEd, MEd, PhD Sydney) is A/Professor of Arts and Education at Southern Cross University, Gold Coast Campus, Queensland, Australia. She is known internationally for her work in Arts-Based Educational Research [ABER] framed knowledge translation modes that speak to broader audiences than merely the academy (issues of accessibility, including creative writing and artmaking); and Movement, specifically walkography, as an ABER methodology. Recently, she has been working across Environmental Education and the Arts.
Alexandra is past Chair past Program Chair of the American Educational Research Association’s (AERA) Arts-based Educational Research (ABER) SIG and past World Councillor for the International Society for Education through Art (InSEA). She is currently Deputy Leader of the Sustainability, Environment and the Arts in Education (SEAE) Research Cluster.
Alexandra was a secondary Visual Arts teacher and coordinator for 25 years. She was awarded an OLT Citation for outstanding contributions to student learning, specifically in preservice secondary Visual Arts and was also the SCU School of Education’s Researcher of the Year in 2016.