Sustainability, Environment and Education (SEE) Research Cluster

About us

The School of Education 'Sustainability, Environment and Education' (SEE) Research Cluster, led by Professor Amy Cutter-Mackenzie, was established in 2012. The Cluster is making substantial progress in research across and within the areas of sustainability, environment and education. SEE is comprised of Southern Cross University staff and academics, external academics and higher degree research students. The Cluster is engaged in research, policy and practice in the broader fields of environmental education, sustainability education and interdisciplinary fields (including health, geography, science and technology, art and indigenous education). Members of the Cluster have won ARC funding, considerable government and non-government research income; published in high-impact and field-significant publications; and elected editorial roles in internationally significant and high impact journals in sustainability, environment and education. 

The explicit research priorities or themes of SEE are:

  1. Environmental and sustainability education policy, curriculum and practice from early childhood through to higher education
  2. Climate change education, risk and research
  3. Societal transformation via socio-ecological transdisciplinary and post-humantist theories
  4. Art, place, cultural and indigenous responses to sustainability
  5. Health and wellbeing.

SEE Researchers Lead Major International Reference Handbook on ChildhoodNature

This major reference handbook is unique and innovative in that it brings together existing research themes and seminal authors in the ChildhoodNature field alongside new cutting edge research authored by world class researchers drawing on cross cultural and international research data. The use of the new concept "ChildhoodNature" (coined by Cutter-Mackenzie, Malone & Barratt Hacking) reflects the editors' underpinning belief, and the latest innovative concepts in the field, that as children are nature this should be redefined in this integrating concept. The book therefore critiques and rejects an anthropocentric view of nature. As such it disrupts existing ways of considering children and nature and rejects the view that humans are superior to nature.

Our team

SEE Research Leader

Professor Amy Cutter-Mackenzie

Dr Sue Elliott, University of New England
Dr Peta White, Deakin University
Elisabeth Barratt Hacking, University of Bath
University of Gloucestershire
Professor David Sobel, Antioch University New England
Professor Margaret Somerville, Western Sydney University
Professor Susan Edwards, Australian Catholic University
Associate Professor Sandra Wooltornton, University of Notre Dame
Dr Helen Widdop Quinton, Victoria University
Associate Professor Judith McNeil, University of New England


Youth4Sea Exhibition

24 October - 8 November: Everyone is welcome to view this exhibition at the SCU Gold Coast Library

Past Events

  • 1 November 2018: Roundtable - Making your research (impact) count: The Rule of Five by A/Professor David Zyngier
  • 26 October 2018: Roundtable 2 for A Diversion Program for At Risk and Disengaged Youth: A Collaborative Approach
  • 23 October 2018: Pre-Book Launch - Touchstones For Deterritorialising Socioecological Learning: The Anthropocene, Posthumanism And Commonworlds As Creative Milieux
  • 12 October 2018: Roundtable 1 for A Diversion Program for At Risk and Disengaged Youth: A Collaborative Approach


Recent research projects

CC + ME is a project that empowers children and young people in Northern NSW to engage in climate change research and action. We want to learn about and develop the awareness, attitudes and actions of children and young people towards climate change. Visit the CC + ME website to find out more.

CubeWalk is a network of interactive public artworks which have been installed across the Lismore campus of Southern Cross University. CubeWalk draws on the natural and cultural dimensions of the campus to create spaces for engaging with sustainability as a dynamic process of social and ecological change.

NatureCollective - is 'nature' diminishing in childhood? Research increasingly shows a serious decline in human interactions and experience in nature. There is speculation that the impact of not experiencing nature is severe and has been referred to as 'nature-deficit' disorder. This study aims to understand the extent of this phenomenon from the perspective of children and young people across different cultural contexts.

News and recent grant successes

Connecting with SEE


Student-staff affiliated groups

For the student-staff affiliated groups please contact the following students if you’re interested in being involved in campus-based sustainability initiatives:

Gold Coast (Environmental): Maia Osborn, 

Lismore (Lismore Environment Collective): Simone Blom, 

Coffs (Coffs Environment Group): Lisa Siegel,