Dr Lisa Ryan - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Dr Lisa Ryan

Adjunct Research Fellow

Dr Lisa Ryan is an Environmental Education Officer with Sunshine Coast Council, where she works within existing interpretive strategies and visions to create and deliver environmental interpretive displays and activities across council’s three environmental education centres. Prior to joining the Council, Lisa was the Sustainability Discipline Leader and Associate Lecturer in Sustainability Education at USC.


Doctor of Philosophy, S.Cross; Master of Environmental Education, Griff.;  Bachelor of Educational Studies, Qld.; Diploma of Teaching (Primary), McAuley College.

Research areas
  • Teacher education
  • Sustainability education
  • Environmental education
  • Finalist Banksia Sustainable Cities Award (Mary Cairncross Team Award) (2017)
  • Winner Sunshine Coast CEO Excellence Award for High Standards (Mary Cairncross Team Award) (2017)
  • Winner of Chancellor’s Medal for Outstanding Thesis (2017)
  • Australian Journal of Environmental Education Most Significant Paper Award (co-author) (2016)
  • Green Gown Awards -Finalist (Team award for Sustainability Leadership across Teacher Education) (2016)
Key Research Publications

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, vol. 35, pp. 10

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.

Ferreira, J, Ryan, L & Tilbury, D 2014, ‘A Response to Reorienting Teacher Education Towards Sustainability’, Australian Journal of Environmental Education, vol. 30 (1), pp. 147-147.

Ferreira, J & Ryan, L 2013, ‘Working the System: A Model for System-Wide Change in Pre-Service Teacher Education’, Australian Journal of Teacher Education, vol. 37(12), pp. 29-45.

Ferreira, J, Ryan, L & Tilbury, D 2007, ‘Planning for Success: Factors Influencing Change in Teacher Education’, Australian Journal of Environmental Education, vol. 23, pp. 45-56.

Ferreira, J, Ryan, L & 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(2), pp. 225-239.

Tilbury, D, Goldstein, W & Ryan, L 2003, ‘Towards Environmental Education for Sustainable Development: The contributions of NGOs in the Asia-Pacific Region’, International Review for Environmental Strategies, Vol 4, No. 1, pp. 59-73.

Contact Dr Lisa Ryan via email SoSSAdmin@usc.edu.au.