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Philip is an Associate Professor in Curriculum Inquiry & Rural Education at the University of Canberra, where he convenes units across the fields of Educational Sociology and Curriculum Inquiry. His major ongoing research focuses on place, the sustainability of rural communities, and the interests of the least powerful in our society. Philip’s work is situated within rural sociology, the sociology of knowledge, educational sociology and social justice and is informed by the spatial turn in social theory and sustainability.

Before joining the University of Canberra, in 2009, Philip was a classroom teacher and Head Teacher for 14 years in rural NSW Public High schools.  He have held various positions in the teachers’ union, curriculum board and teacher registration authority. He is the Chief Investigator for the project ‘Enhancing aspirations for STEM careers in rural, regional and remote communities’. Prior to this project Philip was chief investigator for the Towards Place Based Education in the Murray-Darling Basin project. He was the 2015 recipient of the bi-annual Australian Curriculum Studies Association-Pearson Colin Marsh award for the best paper in the preceding two years of the journal Curriculum Perspectives. In 2013 he was a recipient of the Vice Chancellors award for Teaching Excellence.  In 2017 he received the research excellence award for the social sciences. 

Philip is Chief Editor for the Australian and International Journal of Rural Education and Associate Editor of Curriculum Perspectives Philip received his PhD from Charles Sturt University, Australia. His Dissertation received the annual ‘best dissertation award’ from the American Educational Research Association Rural Special Interest Group.

Education / Academic qualification

PhD, Charles Sturt University

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Projects 2013 2018

Evaluation of the Schools for All Evaluation Plan

TANTON, R. & ROBERTS, P.

6/07/1714/08/17

Project: OtherPractical Project, Research

Towards Place-Based Education in the Murray-Darling Basin

ROBERTS, P., CAFFERY, J., Chapman, A., Green, B., Inveen, W., MIKHAILOVICH, K., Rafferty, J., Reid, J., SPRIGGS, J. & SPRIGGS, J.

Murray Darling Basin Authority

1/10/1320/06/16

Project: Other

Research Output 2005 2018

staffing
school
literature
rural school
teacher
school education
curriculum
educator
school
social justice
sustainability
water
politics
school
community

Conflicting messages: Sustainability and education for rural regional sustainability

ROBERTS, P. & DOWNES, N. 2016 In : Rural Society. 25, 1, p. 15-36 22 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Open Access
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school
basin
conflict
1 Citations

No time to think: policy, pedagogy and professional learning

LEONARD, S. & ROBERTS, P. 2016 In : Journal of Education Policy. 31, 2, p. 142-160 19 p.

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