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Dr Lisa Ryan

Name Lisa Ryan
Position Lecturer (Curriculum and Pedagogy - Primary Education)
Section School of Education
Office A216
Location Springfield Campus
Phone +61 7 3470 4339
Extension 4339
Email
Qualifications DipT McAuleyColl , BEdSt Qld , MEnvEd Griffith , PhD Southern Cross

Lisa Ryan is a Lecturer in the School of Education at University of Southern Queensland (USQ) and an Adjunct Research Fellow in the Sustainability Research Centre at the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC). She is passionate about the role of education in contributing to sustainable futures. Lisa has been teaching and researching in environmental and sustainability education for over 20 years, across formal education, government and community-based contexts in Australia and internationally. Her research is positioned in the field of sociology of education and is inspired specifically by post-structural and postcolonial theories of power and discourse. Lisa is particularly interested in the shaping of environmental and sustainability identities, spaces for agency and resistance, and the intersections of knowledge systems occurring across global and local fields. Lisa’s PhD “Localising the Global Eco-Schools Program in South Africa: A postcolonial analysis” drew on the underutilised theory of postcolonialism to challenge dominant ways of conceptualising agency within the environmental education field. Her PhD was awarded the Chancellor’s Medal for best thesis in 2017 at Southern Cross University. Lisa has also completed recent research involving systems approaches to change in teacher education. Prior to joining USQ, Lisa was the Environmental Education Officer for Sunshine Coast Council. She managed the Kids-in-Action Program, which won the 2020 Queensland Government Reconciliation Award for Partnerships. During this time Lisa was also part of the team leading Australia’s first vertical BioBlitz, which was awarded the 2019 Australian Banksia Prize (Government). Lisa is currently serving on the executive of the Queensland Chapter of the Australian Association of Environmental Education. She is also an invited member of the International Reference Group for the Agents of Discovery program, a digital locative explorer platform that aims to engage young people in exploring nature. Her current research is concerned with teacher environmental and sustainability education and the use of digital platforms in engaging young people in the environment.


Fields of Research (FoR)

  • Environmental Education Curriculum And Pedagogy ( 390105 )
  • Sociology Of Education ( 390203 )
  • Teacher Education And Professional Development Of Educators ( 390307 )
  • Curriculum And Pedagogy ( 390100 )
  • Education Policy ( 390200 )
  • Education Systems ( 390300 )

Research interests
environmental education, sustainability education, teacher education, postcolonial theory

Currently teaching courses/programs
EDM5001 Understanding Learners and Learning
EDM5003 Science Curriculum and Pedagogy
EDM8004 Teacher Identity

Research most recent
Ferreira, J., Ryan, L. & Davis, J. (In press - 2021). A deep dive into sustainability leadership through Education for Sustainability. In English, F. (Ed.) The Palgrave Handbook of Educational Leadership and Management Discourse. Switzerland: Palgrave/Springer Nature.
Ryan, L., & Ferreira, J. (2019). Pursuing epistemological plurality in South Africa’s Eco-Schools: Discursive rules for knowledge legitimation. Southern African Journal of Environmental Education, 35, 1–19.
Ashford, T., Thomsen, D., Ryan, L., Keys, N., Archer-Lean, C., Taylor, J., Ashford, G., Baldwin, C. (2017) Sustainability Focused CoP: enabling trans-formative education, in Jacquie McDonald and Aileen Cater-Steel (eds.) Communities of Practice - Facilitating Social Learning in Higher Education, Springer.


Research most notable
Ferreira, J., Ryan, L. and Tilbury, D. (2007). Mainstreaming Education for Sustainability in Initial Teacher Education in Australia: A review of existing professional development models, Journal of Education for Teaching, Vol. 33, No. 2, pp. 225-239.
Ferreira, J., Ryan, L. and Tilbury, D. (2006) Whole School Approaches to Sustainability: A review of models for professional development in pre-service teacher education. Canberra: Australian Government Department of the Environment and Heritage and the Australian Research Institute in Education for Sustainability.
Ferreira J, Ryan L, Davis J, (2015) Developing Knowledge and Leadership in Pre-Service Teacher Education Systems, Australian Journal of Environmental Education, pp. 1-14.


Publications in ePrints

Ryan, Lisa ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0688-0945 and Ferreira, Jo-Anne (2019) Pursuing epistemological plurality in South Africa's Eco-Schools: Discursive rules for knowledge legitimation. Southern African Journal of Environmental Education, 35. pp. 1-19. ISSN 1810-0333

Ashford, Theresa and Archer-Lean, Clare and Ashford, Graham and Taylor, Jane and Keys, Noni and Thomsen, Dana and Ryan, LisaORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0688-0945 and Baldwin, Claudia (2017) Sustainability Focused CoP: Enabling Transformative Education. In: Implementing Communities of Practice in Higher Education: Dreamers and Schemers. Springer, Singapore, pp. 281-302. ISBN 978-981-10-2865-6

Ryan, Lisa ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0688-0945 and Donahoo, Daniel and Winfree, Tomi (2005) Young people aren't all totally into 'stuff'. Ecos, 126. pp. 10-11. ISSN 0311-4546

Approved research supervisor in the area of:

  • Environmental Education Curriculum And Pedagogy ( 390105 )
  • Sociology Of Education ( 390203 )
  • Teacher Education And Professional Development Of Educators ( 390307 )
  • Curriculum And Pedagogy ( 390100 )
  • Education Policy ( 390200 )
  • Education Systems ( 390300 )