Research Symposium Program

The Research Symposium will be hosted in Building 40 at the University of Wollongong. All conference attendees will have the opportunity to attend the symposium as part of their conference registration. Attendees are free to attend the various sessions they are interested in as if they were part of a conference break-out stream. The blue highlighted sessions will be available for virtual attendance.


Presenter Abstract Title Overview Abstract

Annette Gough, RMIT University

Hilary Whitehouse, James Cook University

Lisa Siegel, Southern Cross University

Larraine Larri, Cairns Institute

Noel Gough, La Trobe University

Ecofeminisms and Education: Repositioning Gender and Environment in Education This intended dialogue provides an opportunity to discuss how ecofeminisms have, or could, inform educational theory and practice. Small group discussions evolve into a moveable dialogue and culminate in a fishbowl. Link

Amy Cutter-Macenzie-Knowles, Louise Phillips, Libery De Rivera, Simone Blom & Marilyn Ahearn

Southern Cross University


Climate Child Parliament

The core intention of climate child parliament is to foreground young voices on climate justice and climate change mitigation. Presenters will be seated around a ‘board table’. The format is designed to mimic a parliamentary discussion to encourage discussions that matter and make a difference. Bills will be proposed by young parliamentarians and Ministers of Climate Change, Children’s Rights, Disaster Reduction, Childhoodnature and Big History will respond. 

Vivien Sung and Jacqueline Wechsler, School of Being/ UNSW Systemic Nature Constellations: Relationality and Embodiment In this workshop, we will listen from multiple levels and connect in embodied ways through nature constellations. This is a way of working which can connect us to
ourselves, nature and place, and enable an understanding of the larger living system. Systemic constellations enable access to greater awareness of relationships, entanglements and patterns between inanimate objects and the animate world.

Tania Leimbach, University of Technology Sydney

Brooke Thompson, NSW Department of Education


Exploring challenges in researching and delivering climate change curriculum resources in a policy vacuum In this AAEE workshop, the co-convenors (climate change education researchers in higher and secondary contexts), will facilitate a roundtable discussion that draws on their recent experience grappling with these issues in situ. They will also invite input from participants in advocating for national and state policy settings in line with international policy frameworks and conventions, particularly the United
Nations frameworks for climate education and action.

Bronwyn Sutton & Peta White

Deakin University


In Place Inquiry: learning with place and relational practice This dialogue will open conversations about how we can bring relations with multispecies and more‐than‐human kin into our research contexts and pedagogical practices. We will explore how attuning with kin can support us as we trouble our way forward into unfamiliar spaces, and how these practices might help with thinking differently about research and possiblities for learning with Place in these Anthropocene times. Link

Lisa Ryan, University of Southern Queensland

Mandy Botterell, Sunshine Coast Council

Karen Shaw, Brush Turkey Enterprises

Briana Shaw, Kabi Kabi Traditional Custodian

Michael Gilles, Sunshine Coast Council

SCC Youth Lead Team


Kids in Action Participants of the presentation and workshop will have the opportunity to actively experience, a sampler of the program featuring some of the program’s most powerful projects from its 11-year history, from different partner perspectives – youth, Traditional Custodians, community mentors, sponsors and the coordinating team. These experiences provide a springboard for reflection and discussion on key strengths, challenges, opportunities and potential transferable learnings of the Kids in Action Program that may be applied to participants’ own contexts. Link

Eve Mayes, Deakin University

Blanche Verlie, University of Wollongong

Amy Cutter-Mackenzie Knowles, Southern Cross University

David Rousell, RMIT University

Thilinika Wijesinghe, Southern Cross University

Peta White, Deakin University


Co-researching with children and young people in environmental education research Advocacy and activism to move beyond extractive modes of relating to the planet resonate with calls for justice in research with children and young people – beyond
extracting young people’s ‘voices’ in research. Researchers in environmental education have called for research that honours children and young people’s knowledge, voice and agency in discussions of climate change, researching with, not on, children and young people. This panel and jigsaw discussion will explore the possibilities and challenges of co-research methodologies, with the aim to generate ideas for further dissemination.

Janine Bailey & Catherine Moyle,

University of Wollongong


Collective Creativities: Relationalities and Dialogues with Country The intention of the dialogue is to use creative relationalities with Country as a way of developing a critical sensitivity and responsibility to collectively address ecological challenges, both current and emerging. It draws links between Country’s ability to strengthen diversity and relationships, and, emphasises the notion we are all composed of diverse elements, offering us the creative capacity to reassemble ourselves into a collective, similar to Country’s adaptability to challenges. Link