Meet the team

SEAE Research Leader

Amy Cutter-Mackenzie-Knowles

Professor Amy Cutter-Mackenzie-Knowles

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 Dean and Head, 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.

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SEAE Deputy Research Leader

Associate Professor Lexi Lasczik

Associate Professor Alexandra Lasczik

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.

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Dr Marianne Logan

(Marianne Logan BA(UNE), GradDipEd (UNE), PhD (SCU)) is the Associate Director of Higher Degree Research (PhD and Masters by Thesis), Coordinator of Honours and a Lecturer in Science and Technology in the School of Education at SCU. Marianne is passionate about the environment and sustainability and carries out research in these areas. She seeks to inspire learners in science, sustainability and the environment and provides platforms for their voices to be heard.

Marianne’s recent research involves child/youth framed, arts based, research and she is coordinating and co-coordinating several research projects including projects that have received external funding. The findings from Marianne’s research have been presented at international and national conferences and published in International research journals and edited texts. Marianne has co-supervised Honours and PhD candidates through to completion and is currently co-supervising three PhD research candidates and two Doctor of Education candidates.

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Dr Brad Shipway

Dr Bradley Shipway is a lecturer in the School of Education in the area of Human Society and Its Environment (also known as Studies of Society and Environment). He has a keen interest in critical realism and the philosophy of education.

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Mr David Ellis

David’s current research interests relate to his PhD study including: developing teacher capability; eco-technologies and their status in Technology Education; STEM Education; Sustainability and urban agriculture; contemporary and emerging manufacturing technologies; The role of virtual environments in designing; and Embedding sustainability as essential criteria in the design process.

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Dr Wendy Boyd

Research Strengths: Early childhood education programs; Early childhood teachers' attitudes to child care; Early childhood education for sustainability; Pre-service teachers' mathematics anxiety
Key Areas of Interest: The quality of children’s experiences in early childhood education; Play-based experiences to support children’s learning
Supervision level: PhD Principal or Co-Supervisor

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Dr Angela Turner

Research Strengths: Interdisciplinary and cross-cultural food enterprise; Teacher Professional Learning; Mixed Methods research
Key Areas of Interest: The multifaceted relationship between human agency, technology choice, ecology as a resource, and sustainable preferred futures
Supervision level: PhD Co-supervisor
Member of Research Group/Centre/Cluster: Sustainability, Environment and Education (SEE) Research Cluster

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Dr Raoul Adam

Research Strengths: Depth Interviewing; Discourse Analysis; Comparative Case Studies; Collective Intelligence Focus Groups; Mixed-Method Survey Design; Ethnography & Autoethnography; Qualitative Data Mapping & Visualisation
Key Areas of Interest: The origin and nature of worldviews and contested social issues or ‘wicked problems’
Supervision level: PhD Principal or Co-Supervisor

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Associate Professor Erica Wilson

Erica is particularly interested in critical approaches to the study and teaching of tourism, and has had a central role in the development of three research network groups which reflect her interests: Gender Researchers in Tourism Studies; the CAUTHE Critical Approaches in Tourism and Hospitality SIG, and the Qualitative Research in Tourism and Hospitality Network.

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Professor Bill Boyd

Bill is the Professor of Geography at SCU and the Chair of his University’s Human Research Ethics Committee. He is a multi- and trans-disciplinary scholar – a geographer, archaeologist, landscape scientist and educationalist, with scholarly interests in long-term environmental change, human-landscape interactions, environmental and cultural heritage management, and higher education.

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Dr Andrea Boyle

Andrea is a Unit Assessor/Coordinator and lecturer for Tourism in Pacific Asia, Hospitality Services Management and Internship, and Lecturer for Professional Development in the Workplace.

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Professor Betty Weiler

Betty Weiler holds a PhD from the University of Victoria (Canada) and is Professor and Director of Research in the School of Business and Tourism at Southern Cross University (Australia).  Her 150+ publications, many in top-tier international tourism research journals, have centered on the tourist experience, and she is one of the world’s leading scholars on the role of the tour guide. 

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Mr Ben Roche

As a human geographer, Ben is passionate about participatory approaches to sustainable development and the role that education and engagement can play in creating resilience, capacity and well-being in communities. He has taught, researched and practised in the areas of community-based learning, participatory planning, sustainable development and community engagement.

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Adjunct Researcher Dr David Rousell

David commenced his career as an internationally-recognised artist before moving into academia to further pursue his teaching and research interests. David brings twenty years of professional experience as an interdisciplinary artist to his academic roles, including exhibitions, installations, performances and film screenings in public galleries and performance spaces all over the world. David is also an accomplished interdisciplinary educator across the fields of arts education, arts-based research and environmental education.

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Adjunct Professor Rita Irwin

Rita is an artist, researcher, and teacher deeply committed to the arts and education. Her research interests have spanned in-service art education, teacher education, socio-cultural issues, and curriculum practices across K-12 and informal learning settings. Rita publishes widely, exhibits her artworks, and has secured a range of research grants, including a number of Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada grants to support her work in Canada, Australia, Taiwan, and beyond.

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Adjunct Professor Julie Davis

Julie’s teaching and research interests lie at the intersection of science, health, society and environment, with a special interest in early childhood education for sustainability (ECEfS). Helping educators understand and grapple with issues of sustainability lies at the core of her pedagogical approaches.

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Adjunct Associate Professor Michael Gard

I teach, research and write about how the human body is and has been used, experienced, educated, measured and governed. This work includes projects on the science of obesity, the history of sport, the uses of digital technology in health and physical education, and the sexual and gender politics of dance education.

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Adjunct Professor Karen Malone

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 through postqualitative research with young children and their families in a variety of geographically diverse locations.

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Adjunct Associate Professor Keith Skamp

His areas of specialization are science and environmental/sustainability education and research methodology and he lectured in undergraduate and graduate units for many years in these areas. Keith was involved in the professional development of primary and secondary teachers at state, national and international levels for many years.

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Adjunct Associate Professor Judith Wilks

Coming from a Geography background Judith worked for many years as an Environmental Planner. Judith’s current research interests include: successful transitions to higher education for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students; online teaching methodologies in higher education; active environmental education approaches such as child friendly cities, and participatory methodologies for children and young people.

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Professor Dilafruz Williams, Portland State

Dilafruz Williams, PhD, is a professor of Leadership for Sustainability Education. She has authored over 50 chapters, journal articles, and curriculum resource guides and has given over 100 invited lectures, symposia, and/or conference papers. With graduate degrees from Bombay, Syracuse, and Harvard Universities in the sciences, public administration, and philosophy of education her areas of expertise are: Sustainability Education; Environmental Education; Learning Gardens: Curriculum Design; Research; STEM; Strategic Partnerships; and Service-learning; Civic Engagement.

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Professor Susan Edwards, Australian Catholic University

Professor Susan Edwards is Director of the Early Childhood Futures research program in the Institute for Learning Sciences & Teacher Education, Australian Catholic University. Her group investigates the role of play-based learning in the early childhood curriculum for the 21st century. She is currently the lead Chief Investigator on an Australian Research Council Discovery Grant on digital play and an Australian Research Council Linkage Project investigating best practice for playgroups-in-schools.

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Dr Sue Elliott, University of New England

Dr Elliott’s research interests are design, play and pedagogy in outdoor learning environments including nature based playspaces and Australian adaptations of forest preschool approaches; Education for sustainability in early childhood settings from systems theory and critical theory perspectives; and action research methodologies with practitioners to facilitate change.

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Dr Peta White, Deakin University

Dr White has been a long-term activist in the environmental education field. She is currently a member of the Australian Association of Environmental Education (AAEE). She is a life-time member (and past president) of the Saskatchewan Outdoor and Environmental Education Association (SOEEA) and winner of the 2011 Melanson Award for Outstanding Contributions to Environment and Outdoor Education.

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Ms Elisabeth Barratt Hacking, University of Bath

Ms Hacking’s research interests relate to childhood and environment and children’s participation and she has published widely in the fields of environmental education and education for sustainability. She have been involved in numerous educational research, evaluation and development projects over many years mostly with schools, students, teachers and leaders. Much of this research has focused on children’s and young people’s voice by employing participatory methodologies in school contexts.

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Mr David Sobel, Antioch University New England

Mr Sobel was co-founder of the Harrisville Children’s Center in Harrisville, New Hampshire, and has served as a publicly elected school board member in both Nelson and Harrisville, New Hampshire. He has served as a staff development and science curriculum consultant to schools in New Hampshire and Vermont and has been a guest speaker and workshop leader for a variety of school and environmental organizations. He serves on the editorial board of the Holistic Education Review and is the author of Children’s Special Places and many articles on children and nature.

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Professor Margaret Somerville, Western Sydney University

Professor Somerville is Professor of Education and the Director of the Centre for Educational Research in the School of Education University of Western Sydney.  She is also the Chair of the Greater Western Sydney chapter of the United Nations Regional Centre of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development (one of only four in Australia). She is currently researching and teaching doctoral students in the areas of place and sustainability education and professional learning/organizational development.

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Associate Professor Sandra Wooltorton, University of Notre Dame

Sandra comes from Noongar country in South West Western Australia. She joined Notre Dame University as Director of Nulungu Research Institute in January 2015. Sandra has worked at different times as a teacher, an education officer, and a lecturer/researcher in WA and the NT. She worked as a teacher educator at Edith Cowan University (Bunbury) from 1999 until 2013 and in 2014 she taught at Muludja Remote Community School in the Fitzroy Valley, WA. Sandra has a passion for Aboriginal education and sustainability education and a commitment to environmental and social justice.

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Dr Helen Widdop Quinton, Victoria University

Helen is an experienced secondary teacher and environmental educator. Her early career as a science, biology and health teacher eventually lead to working with community and non-government organisations (Landcare, Greening Australia, Victorian Schools’ Garden Awards) as an environmental/sustainability educator, where she has been involved in curriculum writing and project management as well as supporting schools with environmental projects. Helen has conducted research into the everyday lived experiences of sustainability, environmental education and nature connectedness of children, young people and school communities since 2008.

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Sally Birdsall PhD, The University of Auckland

Prior to her appointment as a Lecturer in Primary Science, Sally taught at various intermediate schools at both Years 7 and 8 and in primary schools from Years 1 to 6. She has always been interested in science and while teaching was responsible for science in schools. As part of Sally's Master of Education she completed a research project into an aspect of environmental education. She explored the development of children’s ideas about the concept of sustainability and their ability to transfer this concept to another context. The thesis title for Sally's recently completed PhD is The Pedagogical Realisation of Education for Sustainability.

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Associate Professor Kim Snepvangers, The University of NSW

Kim welcomes inquiries from HDR students and collaborators on creativity, creative ecologies, policy, partnerships and practice.  Her research uses qualitative methods and case studies to expose gaps in orthodox understandings of creative and professional practice. Kim has a concurrent research interest in encountering, Indigenous perspectives, ecologies of practice, participatory economies and the relationships necessary to sustain creative professional partnerships with entrepreneurial industry hosts, partners and business.

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Associate Professor Louise Phillips, James Cook University, Singapore

Louise has more than 30 years experience working with children across various settings, as an early childhood educator, storyteller, consultant, researcher and tertiary educator. Louise’s research interests include storytelling, children’s rights and citizenship, arts and rights based pedagogies and methodologies, decolonizing methodologies, sensation and place. In the last five years, Louise has been a Chief Investigator on grants funded by Queensland Department of Education and Training, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and Swedish Research Council and is one of 8 Australians to be a recipient of the highly prestigious Spencer Foundation New Civics Major Grants.

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Dr Ali Black, University of Sunshine Coast

Dr Ali Black is an innovative arts-based and narrative researcher. Her research and scholarly work seeks to foster connectedness, community, wellbeing and meaning-making through the building of reflective and creative lives and identities. Ali is a highly regarded early childhood specialist who lectures into the Education Programs at USC. She contributes to understandings about children, families, learning and education through a range of academic and community forums.

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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 (Environmentals): Maia Osborn, 

Lismore (Lismore Environment Collective): Simone Blom, 

Coffs (Coffs Environment Group): Lisa Siegel,