I am currently a Senior Lecturer in Education at James Cook University, Cairns. My disciplinary and research background is in education and education for sustainability (EfS) in school and university settings. My early research investigated teacher learning through school-based EfS initiatives and social-ecological resilience to environmental changes within EfS in the Far North Queensland primary school context. 

Since taking up a lecturing position in 2013, my research interests have expanded to investigating EfS in teacher education, pedagogy, assessment and the systematic review methodology. These interests have lead me to publish a book (Springer, co-authored with Lasen & Tsey) and a number of book chapters and journal articles. Most recently, I have co-edited a book section on ChildhoodNature Pedagogies and Place in The International Research Handbook on ChildhoodNature (Springer). At present, I am working on publishing a book on embedding sustainability into teacher education (Springer, co-authored with Ferreira, Davies and Stevenson). I also serve in the Executive Committee of the Australian Association of Environmental Education and on the editorial board of the Journal of Environmental Education and review articles for the Australian Journal of Environmental Education and the Australian Journal of Teacher Education.

Currently, I am working on a number of projects in EfS and initial teacher education. This includes applying the systematic review methodology to the literature pertaining to sustainability pedagogy, children's perceptions of ecological and social environments, and student wellbeing in schools. With a group of colleagues I am also investigating development of pre-service teacher identity through an electronic portolio (ePortfolio). Moving forward, I am interested in investigating the intersection of EfS, teacher identity and professional practice.




  • ED2491: Teaching for Learning 1 (Level 2; CNS)
  • ED3193: Teaching for Learning 2 (Primary) (Level 3; CNS & TSV)
  • ED4190: Teaching for Learning 3 (Primary) (Level 4; CNS & TSV)
  • ED4293: Teaching for Learning 3 (Secondary) (Level 4; CNS)
  • ED5097: Research Design and Proposal (Level 5; CNS & TSV)
  • ED5973: Science and Sustainability Education for Primary Teachers (Level 5; CNS & TSV)
  • Sustainability, Education, Pre-service teacher education, Pedagogy, Systematic review methodology, Education for sustainability
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  • 2016 - JCU Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning for Responsive Pedagogies: A three-tiered approach that is responsive to students' needs, supports engagement, sustained learning and success for diverse students across subjects.
  • 2016 - Finalist, 2016 Green Gown Awards in the category of Learning, Teaching and Skills.
  • 2013 - Common Ground International Award for Excellence for new research for the article “A systematic search of trends in rural development research, originating regions and engagement with sustainability”.
  • 2012 - Faculty of Arts, Education and Social Sciences Research Performance Award 2012 (highest number of HERDC Points).

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 24+ research outputs authored by Dr Neus Evans from 2006 onwards.


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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.

  • Exploring meaningful student engagement through teaching academics' nuanced practices in contemporary university environments: A North Queensland study (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Sustainable Practices that Positively Influence a Wellbeing Culture in Schools (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • An inquiry into the relationship between professional development in intercultural competence and teachers' attitudes and practice with English as an Additional Language (EAL) students of refugee background. (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Education for Sustainability in a Difficult Political Climate: A Social Learning Model (PhD , Primary Advisor)

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