Research in pursuit of ecological justice

The Centre for Regenerating Futures supports transdisciplinary collaboration between researchers who are committed to addressing Anthropocene challenges, decolonising knowledges and taking a transformative approach to ecological justice. Our researchers are from the three schools in the Faculty of Arts and Education and the National Indigenous Knowledges Education Research Innovation (NIKERI) Institute.

Our research areas

This Faculty of Arts and Education research centre explores ways to mitigate, educate and support adaptation to socio-ecological challenges in the Anthropocene. The Centre for Regenerating Futures has three research imperatives:

  • addressing Anthropocene challenges
  • decolonising knowledge and practices
  • building a strong interdisciplinary research community that values individual and collective capacity.

We have four research areas that underpin our research imperatives:

Socioecological nexus

There is increased inequality due to accelerated global demand for energy, food and water. Our transdisciplinary researchers promote a critical perspective on science-society relations, to address inequality and re-establish ecological integrity and social justice.

Decolonising knowledges and practices

Our researchers work to decolonise the taken for granted knowledge, epistemology and ontology of settler-colonialism and the hegemonic project of modernity. Our research agenda disrupts, resists and transforms methodologies that support practices and knowledges that entrench inequalities in settler-colonial societies.

Intergenerational learning for environmental justice

Our researchers respond to the contemporary challenges of how we educate, communicate and act in the face of global socio-ecological crises. We understand the importance of transformative approaches to re-learning relationship with Country in the pursuit of ecological justice.

Arts, activism and the Anthropocene

Our transdisciplinary artists and researchers utilise arts practices to illuminate Anthropocene challenges. Through our arts and activism, we question power and stories of history and heritage to promote ways to think, feel and act differently for planetary wellbeing.

Address Anthropocene challenges through transdisciplinary research

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Featured projects

Our partnerships with government, community and industry allow us to deliver research with impact. We lead bold initiatives that seek solutions beyond traditional research and organisational boundaries.

Enacting climate change education

Enacting climate change education

This international, collaborative project, led by Professor Russell Tytler and Associate Professor Peta White, explores how school science can prepare young people for 21st century futures, marked by the major socio-ecological challenges of the Anthropocene. Building on prior research, this project translates science research and development into highly engaging, curriculum-informed teaching and learning sequences for both primary and secondary school students. The process will be researched across three countries – Australia, Finland and Taiwan. This project is Australian Research Council (ARC) funded.

Preventing water theft in the Murray-Darling Basin

Preventing water theft in the Murray-Darling Basin

This ARC project, led by Professor Reece Walters and Dr Laura Bedford, aims to understand the complex interaction of socio-economic, legal and political factors that have enabled the theft of fresh water in the Murray-Darling Basin. By analysing the policies and regulations governing freshwater management, this project expects to generate new knowledge of the extent and types of water theft, offenders processed, penalties delivered, and the performance and operations of regulatory and enforcement agencies. The expected outcomes include new research strategies for water theft prevention. This will benefit national security and community health by contributing to a sustainable and equitable supply of fresh water.

Our researchers

Steered by our co-directors, our centre supports transdisciplinary collaboration between researchers. Our researchers bring a range of disciplinary expertise based on decades of combined experience.

Associate Professor Peta J. White is an associate professor in science and environmental education in the School of Education. Her research currently has a focus on the following areas: science and biology education; sustainability, environmental and climate change education; and collaborative/activist methodologies and embodied research practice.

Dr Jo Raphael is a senior lecturer in drama education in the School of Education. Her research is focused on interdisciplinary approaches to learning in and through the arts. Her research is influenced by principles of social justice, drawing on the transformative potential of collaborative, participatory and arts-based research methods.

Research team

Associate Professor Glenn Auld, Associate Professor in Education

Dr Katherine Barrand, Lecturer in Experiential Learning (International Studies)

Dr Robin Bellingham, Senior Lecturer, Education (Pedagogy and Curriculum)

Dr Ros Black, Senior Lecturer of Education (Humanities, Societies and Environments)

Dr Merophie Carr, Associate Lecturer, Art and Performance

Dr Claire Charles, Senior Lecturer in Education (Pedagogy and Curriculum)

Associate Professor Toija Cinque, Associate Professor, Communications

Dr John Cripps Clark, Lecturer In Education (Science Education)

Dr Aylie Davidson, Lecturer, Mathematics

Dr Kim Davies, Lecturer in Education (Inclusive Education)

Dr Seamus Delaney, Senior Lecturer in Education (Science Education)

Associate Professor Rea Dennis, Associate Professor, Film, Animation and Performing Arts

Associate Professor Kristin Demetrious, Associate Professor of Communication

Dr Joe Ferguson, Lecturer in Education (Science Education)

Associate Professor Gabrielle Fletcher, Director, NIKERI Institute

Dr Brandi Fox, Teaching Scholar, Humanities

Dr Al Fricker, Lecturer, Indigenous Education

Dr Jessamy Gleeson, Senior Lecturer Indigenous Knowledges

Associate Professor Anna Halafoff, Associate Professor of Sociology

Dr Shelley Hannigan, Senior Lecturer, Education (Arts Education)

Dr Erin Hawley, Senior Lecturer, Communication

Dr Kate Hunter, Lecturer, Film, Animation and Performing Arts

Professor Peter Kelly, Professor of Education

Associate Professor Max Kelly, Associate Professor of International and Community Development

Merinda Kelly, Lecturer in Education (Arts Education)

Dr Katie Lee, Lecturer, Art and Design

Dr Monique Mann, Senior Lecturer in Criminology

Dr Genée Marks, Lecturer, Education (Inclusive Education)

Associate Professor Vince Marotta, Associate Professor of Sociology

Dr Eve Mayes, ARC DECRA Fellow

Dr Olivia Millard, Senior Lecturer, Film, Animation and Performing Arts

Dr Gabi Mocatta, Lecturer in Communication

Associate Professor Yamini Narayanan, Associate Professor of International and Community Development

Trace Ollis, Associate Professor in Education (Applied Learning)

Associate Professor Jo O'Mara, Associate Professor of Education (Language and Literature)

Professor Yin Paradies, Alfred Deakin Professor and Chair in Race Relations

Indigo (Gaylene) Perry, Senior Lecturer in Writing and Literature

Dr Jacqui Peters, Lecturer in Education (Health and Physical Education)

Dr Jo Raphael, Senior Lecturer in Education (Arts Education)

Dr Piper Rodd, Lecturer in Education

Dr Saeed Salimpour, Alfred Deakin Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

Professor Russell Tytler, Alfred Deakin Professor and Chair in Science Education

Professor Reece Walters, Professor of Criminology

Associate Professor Michiko Weinmann, Associate Professor in Education (Languages Education)

Associate Professor Peta White, Associate Professor, Education (Science Education)

Dr Llewellyn Wishart, Lecturer in Education (Early Childhood)

Our partnerships

We are committed to growing partnerships at Deakin and across the world. We build strong connections between centre members and with researchers from faculties and institutes at Deakin. Beyond that, our researchers and projects span government agencies, peak body organisations, industry councils and other universities. Our partners include:

  • Nulungu Research Institute, University of Notre Dame
  • The Centre for People, Place, and Planet, Edith Cowan University
  • City of Greater Geelong
  • Drama Victoria
  • Climate Change Education Network (CCEN)

Our publications

Take an in-depth look at our latest research, available in a variety of formats and publications. For a full list of publications visit the profile pages of our researchers.

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