Professor Bob Stevenson joined The Cairns Institute in 2010 as a Research Leader (Education for Sustainability) after an academic career based in the USA. Bob served as Head/Chair of the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy and Co-Director of the Graduate School of Education’s Collaborative Research Network at the University at Buffalo, New York. Prior to this, he taught high school mathematics and then became a K-12 curriculum and professional development specialist in environmental education in Education Queensland.

He is currently Director of the Centre for Research and Innovation in Sustainability Education at JCU. He was lead editor of Engaging Environmental Education: Learning, Culture and Agency (Sense, 2011) and the International Handbook of Research in Environmental Education (AERA/Routledge, 2013) and is Executive Editor of the Journal of Environmental Education (the oldest journal in the field).

  • Professor Stevenson’s research has focused on theory-policy-practice relationships in environmental/ sustainability education and its history and marginalized status as an educational reform in K-12 schooling. He has critically examined international and national policies and discourses and has developed seminal explanations of the discrepancies between policies and practice in environmental education, arguing for more inclusive and participatory approaches to policy formulation. His current research interests center on the current and potential sites of learning about issues of environmental sustainability by young people and how schools, peers, electronic media and the home, are being used and can be constructively used to work toward a more sustainable and just society. Other research interests are school leadership and capacity building, including school-community partnerships and teacher professional development (particularly their use of theory, research findings and action research methodology for understanding and improving their practice) for environmental sustainability education. His methodological expertise is in case study and qualitative research as well as in participatory action and collaborative research approaches.
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  • Recipient of the North American Association for Environmental Education 2010 Award for Outstanding Contributions in Research in Environmental Education.

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