Meet the Team

Amy Cutter-Mackenzie

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Professor Amy Cutter-Mackenzie is the Project Leader of ‘Climate Change + Me 1.0 and 2.0’ research projects. Amy is the Dean of the School of Education at Southern Cross University (SCU). She is also the Research Leader of the SCU Research Cluster ‘Sustainability, Environment and the Arts in Education’ (SEAE). 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. She is wildly passionate about sustainability, and children and young people’s voices in this plight. Amy is also a mother of two young children and lives in the hinterland of the Gold Coast/Tweed. For further details about Amy’s research click here or to contact Amy, email acutterm@scu.edu.au

David Rousell

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David Rousell was the Co-Project Leader of the Climate Change and Me 1.0 research program and he also more recently led . He is a research fellow at Manchester Metropolitan University. He recently completed his PhD  entitled States and Territories: Re-imagining university learning environments for the Anthropocene era. David has exhibited his artwork widely across Australia and overseas, and has published his scholarship in international journals. His current work explores the emerging intersections between contemporary art, sustainability, education and various strands of speculative philosophy. David lives with his wife, two children and cat in Manchester, UK. To contact David, email D.Rousell@mmu.ac.uk

Maia Osborn

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Maia Osborn is a trained primary school teacher, postdoctoral research fellow, and active member of the Sustainability, Environment and the Arts in Education Research Cluster at Southern Cross University. Maia’s recent Ph.D thesis explores the philosophies, pedagogies and practices of environmentally conscious primary school teachers, with a specific focus upon how and why they utilise community partnerships to enrich environmental education. Maia is currently involved with a number of environmental education research projects including the Youth4Landcare project, the Climate Change and Me 2.0 app design project, and a large Horizon project exploring how nature play supports the learning of scientific concepts in early childhood. Maia’s childhood experiences living on a sustainable farm strongly influence her interests, research and practice. To contact Maia, email maia.osborn@scu.edu.au

Thilinika Wijesinghe

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Thilinika Wijesinghe is a primary and secondary school teacher, and current Ph.D candidate.  Thili is an active member of the Sustainability, Environment and the Arts in Education Research Cluster at Southern Cross University. Thili’s Ph.D study explores how children and young people may be able to express their worldviews on climate change through a relatively new method called speculative drama. Thili is a Research Assistant on the Climate Change and Me 2.0 app design research project, and was a part of a Horizon project exploring how nature play supports the learning of scientific concepts in early childhood. Thili’s interest in the environment and sustainability grew at a very young age living in a village in Sri Lanka and enjoying a rich relationship with/as nature. Thili has been a drama teacher for over ten years and now works towards drawing a connection between the environment and drama to provide platforms for children and young people to express their views. To contact Thili, email thilinika.wijesinghe@scu.edu.au

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