Hilary Whitehouse is an educator with a strong committment to researching, learning and teaching science education, environmental education, education for sustainability, and research education. Her current research interests are in climate change education, and exploring the illuminations of new ecofeminism and feminist new materialism. She lives in Cairns because she loves rainforests and reefs. 

Hilary is an executive editor of the Journal of Environmental Education ISSN 0095-8964, EISSN 1940-1892 (2017 IF 2.472) ranked in the top 15% of education journals in the world and in the top third of environmental studies journals.

Hilary is a member of the international advisory board for the Australian Journal of Environmental Education ISSN 0095-8964, EISSN 1940-1892, and a life member of the Australian Association for Environmental Education (AAEE). This year (2018), she is Program Director for the 20th Biannual AAEE Creating Capacity for Change Conference to be held at Southern Cross University, October 21 - 25, Gold Coast. 

HIlary was the JCU team leader for the OLT (Category 1) Step Up Project (2013-2016) that focussed on enhancing the quality and quantity of science teaching in north Queensland, see http://www.stepup.edu.au

As part of her university leadership position as Deputy Dean of the Graduate Research School, Hilary looks after higher degree by research (HDR) students on the Cairns campus and ensures the Postgraduate Centre is a comfortable and safe place for collegiality and study. As Deputy Dean she serves on the University's Research Education Sub-Commiitte as an Executive member. She is working with the GRS team to further develop the curriculum and pedagogy for masters level research education and HDR supervisor training to enhance research student experience.

Hilary is part of the University's Sustainable Development Working Group considering the inplementation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals through the University's SDG Implementation Plan. 

She also serves as the Ethics Advisor for Education.

In 2017 / 2018, Hilary has coordinated and taught undergraduate and postgraduate subjects in early childhood science education (ED3092), secondary pedagogy (ED3293), undergraduate and postgraduate education for sustainability (ED1411, ED5911, ED5912) and postgraduate research education (ED5190, ED5095).

Hilary's higher degree students are experienced, professional educators looking to further develop their knowledge and skills through innovative research that make a contribution to education praxis.



  • Climate change education
  • Education for sustainability
  • Science education
  • Gender
  • 2011 to 2018 - Associate Professor, James Cook University (Cairns)
  • 2007 to 2010 - Senior Lecturer, James Cook University (Cairns)
  • 2002 to 2006 - Lecturer, James Cook University (Cairns)
Research Disciplines
Socio-Economic Objectives
  • 2016 - JCU TropEco Leadership and Governance Highly Commended, with Dr Maxine Newlands, for the Eco-Feminism, Educators and Climate Change Symposium, July 2016.
  • 2015 - JCU TropEco Learning and Teaching Award, with A/P Margaret Carter, for ensuring ecologically literate, post-graduate education leaders with the skills and expertise to make a positive contribution to society.
  • 2006 - Carrick Australian Awards for University Teaching - Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning, for leadership in ... fostering of science and environmental education as twenty-first century curriculum.

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Office for Learning and Teaching - Enhancing the Training of Mathematics and Science Teachers Program

Step Up! Transforming mathematics and science pre-service secondary teacher education in Queensland

Indicative Funding
$122,720 over 3 years (administered by Queensland University of Technology)
The overall aim of this project is to transform the nature and delivery of mathematics and science pre-service secondary teacher education in Queensland. The project objectives involve a comprehensive reworking of recruitment strategies, contemporary delivery methods and comprehensive curriculum guides, all brokered through a strong provider network.
Hilary Whitehouse, Phil Turner, Brian Lewthwaite, Clifford Jackson, Marcus Sheaves, Steve Turton, Louisa Tomas Engel and Tanya Doyle (College of Arts, Society & Education and College of Science & Engineering)
Pre-service Teacher Education; Science Education; Mathematics Education

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These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.

  • Outcomes of Implementing a Blended Teaching Methodology Into a Regional University Professional Undergraduate Degree (PhD , Secondary Advisor/AM)
  • Defining Nannagogy: Investigating Older Women’s Environmental Citizenship Learning through the Experiences of the Knitting Nannas Against Gas (PhD , Secondary Advisor/AM)
  • Indigenising Education - an Investigation of Torres Strait Islander Perspectives (Masters , Primary Advisor)
  • My journey towards language: An Autoethnography of Wakka Wakka Reclamation (Masters , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)
  • STEM Implementation: A case study in the Queensland context (working title) (Masters , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)
  • Education for Sustainability in a Difficult Political Climate: A Social Learning Model (PhD , Advisor Mentor)
  • Writing in Role: A Creative New Process to Engage and Motivate Students in Literacy (PhD , Secondary Advisor/AM)
  • Luk Luk Tambaran: Educational Media Representation of New Ireland Performance Art (PhD , Secondary Advisor/AM)
  • Outcomes Assessments in Undergraduate Veterinary Science Education. (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Learn for Life (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)
  • Entrepreneurship Education Through a Feminist Lens: The Case of Migrant African Australian Women Entrepreneurs in North Queensland, Australia. (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)
  • Implementing Engagement Programs for Disengaged Students in Secondary Schools. (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)
  • Young peoples' disengagement from education: hearing parent voices (PhD , Advisor Mentor)

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