Philip Roberts


Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

I am currently available to supervise Higher Degree by Research Students in the following areas (subject to faculty/institute capacity and approval)
- Rural Education
- Curriculum Inquiry
- Rural social issues


Research activity per year

Personal profile


Dr Philip Roberts is an Associate Professor in Curriculum Inquiry and Rural Education in the Faculty of Education at the University of Canberra. He is the research leader of the Rural Education, Curriculum and Communities Research Group in the Centre for Sustainable Communities at the University of Canberra. Philips’ research focuses on the role of knowledge in curriculum, rural knowledges and the sustainability of rural communities. Prior to moving to the university sector 14 years ago Philip was a teacher and school executive in rural and remote schools for 12 years. He has held various positions on NSW curriculum boards, NSW departmental boards, the NSW teacher registration board and the teachers union. In the ACT he is a member of the ACT Board of Senior Secondary Studies, member of the University of Canberra Academic Board and Chair of the Faculty of Education Board. Philip has spent his career advocating for and supporting initiatives aimed at enhancing equity for rural, regional and remote communities. Throughout his research career he has been awarded in excess of $7m for research projects with a focus on education and the development of professionals in rural, regional and remote areas and published over 60 academic publications on these topics. He teaches pre-service teachers, and post graduate classes on curriculum development and the preparation of professionals for rural communities. Philip is also a member of the Board of the Public Education Foundation.

Research interests

Member of Climate Change Adaptation Resilience and Recovery Network

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Place, Rural Education and Social Justice: A Study of Rural Teaching and Curriculum Politics, Charles Sturt University

Award Date: 14 Dec 2016


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