• 23 Citations
  • 3 h-Index

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Personal profile

Personal profile

A substantial body of Dr John Rafferty's research is directed toward institutional reform and and education responses to climate change and the role of science education in future environments.

John has long championed the value of new technologies and natural environments as both a stimulus and site for teaching and learning.  John is working on several projects and initiatives concerning, science education outreach programs, teacher's environmental attitudes and educational responses to sustainability. The cumulative value of John's extensive networking was recognised with CSU receiving designation from the United Nations University (UNU) as a Regional Centre of Expertise in Education for Sustainable Development, Murray Darling (RCE-MD) in December 2012. The RCE-MD represents an internationally recognised consortium of EfS stakeholders across the region that uniquely undertakes integrated research, educational and community engagement projects.

Research Interests

  • Environmental justice
  • Sustainable community development
  • Education for sustainability

Professional Information

External Appointments &  Memberships:

  • Australian Association for Environmental Education (Vice President)

Editorial roles on Journals:

  • Higher Education Studies (Reviewer)
  • Australian Journal of Environmental Education (Reviewer)

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy (Policy Implementation), Australian Catholic University


Master of Education (Educational Leadership), Australian Catholic University


Graduate Diploma in Applied Science (Teacher Librarianship), Edith Cowan University


Diploma of Teaching (Primary), Australian Catholic University


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Research Output

Operationalising a brave new way of doing wildlife health surveillance

Peters, A., Masterman-Smith, H. & Rafferty, J., Sep 2019.

Research output: Other contribution to conferenceAbstract

  • 8 Citations (Scopus)
    6 Downloads (Pure)

    Investigating mathematics, science and technology in early childhood

    MacDonald, A. & Rafferty, J., 2015, Victoria, Australia: Oxford University Press. 288 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportTextbook/Reference book

  • Principals' work stories within the neo-liberal school reform

    Rafferty, J. & Turunen, T., May 2015, In : Problems of Education in the 21st Century. 64, p. 75-85 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Open Access
  • 13 Downloads (Pure)


    • 1 Workshop/course/forum

    Sustainability Leadership Forum

    Helen Masterman-Smith (Invited speaker) & John Rafferty (Invited speaker)

    07 Jul 2016

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventWorkshop/course/forumGovernment

    Press / Media

    Citizen science rates increasing, thanks to advances in technology

    John Rafferty


    3 items of Media coverage

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    Citizen science rates on the rise, thanks to advances in technology

    John Rafferty


    1 item of Media coverage

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    Hop on to citizen science projects to protect local species

    John Rafferty


    1 item of Media coverage

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    Going, going, gone? The 12 critically endangered Central West species

    John Rafferty


    5 items of Media coverage

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    We are doing something totally wrong to the environment: CSU expert

    John Rafferty


    13 items of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Press / Media