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Professor of Sustainability Envrionment and Education, Southern Cross Uniersity
Amy Cutter-Mackenzie-Knowles is a Professor of Sustainability, Environment and Education at Southern Cross University, School of Education, Australia. She is the Deputy Dean Research for the School of Education, as well as the Research Leader of the ‘Sustainability, Environment and Education’ (SEE) Research Cluster. She has led over 30 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 the Australian Association for Environmental Education Fellowship (Life Achievement Award) for her outstanding contribution to environmental education research.
DR KAREN MALONE
Professor of Education and Research Director, Swinburne University of Technology
Dr. Karen Malone is Professor of Education and Research Director, in the Department of Education, School of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities, at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne. 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.
Coordinator of Education and Community Programs
Sam Crosby is the Coordinator of Education and Community programs for the Botanic Gardens and Centennial Parklands in Sydney. She is a passionate and experienced nature educator, eco-artist, trainer and researcher with a love of nature play and outdoor learning and has worked both in Australia and internationally.Sam has developed, delivered and implemented nature pedagogy programs at the Parklands and since their inception in 2012 they have engaged thousands of children and families with their local nature spaces. In time the success of these programs resulted in the development of the Ian Potter Children’s Wild Play Garden which opened in October 2017 and has had over 200,000 people through the gates engaging in nature play.