Dr Helen Widdop Quinton is a Lecturer with the College of Arts & Education at Victoria University, working in Bachelor of Education (P-12), Master of Teaching and Master of Education courses.

Helen is an experienced secondary teacher and environmental educator. Her early career as a science, biology and health teacher eventually lead to working with community and non-government organisations (Landcare, Greening Australia, Victorian Schools’ Garden Awards) as an environmental/sustainability educator, where she has been involved in curriculum writing and project management as well as supporting schools with environmental projects. She was awarded the Not-For-Profit Network Team Member of the Year Australasia Award in 2007 and has been part of the development team for the multi award-winning Gould League programs: Australian Wildlife Cam, Wildscapes, Multicultural School Gardens and Sustainable Schools Pilot Program.

Helen has conducted research into the everyday lived experiences of sustainability, environmental education and nature connectedness of children, young people and school communities since 2008. Her PhD study was a predominantly environmental psychology exploration of adolescents’ valued place interactions and nature connectedness in remote Eastern Himalayan India and urban Melbourne contexts. Her research interests are in the areas of environmental/sustainability education, socioecological education, childhood contemporary issues, place and nature connectedness in adolescence, teacher education and blended learning pedagogies.

Recent publications

Refereed book sections

Widdop Quinton, H. & Hyndman, B. (2018, invited, in progress). Socioecological Learner as OneHealth. In Cutter-Mackenzie, A. Ferreira, J. Wilks, J. Logan, M. & Turner, A. The Socioecological Learner: A transdisciplinary approach to 22nd century education. Palgrave Macmillan.

Osborn, M. Widdop Quinton, H., Aguayo, C. & Lewis, S. (2018, invited, in progress). Reimagining learning in and with community, through self, other and place.  In Cutter-Mackenzie, A. Ferreira, J. Wilks, J. Logan, M. & Turner, A. The Socioecological Learner: A transdisciplinary approach to 22nd century education. Palgrave Macmillan.

Widdop Quinton, H. Rousell, D., Russell, J. &  Piersol, L. (eds) (2018, in review). ChildhoodNature Companion. In K. Malone, E. Barratt Hacking & A. Cutter-Mackenzie (eds) International Handbook on ChildhoodNature. Springer.

Widdop Quinton, H. & Khatun, F. (2018, invited, under review). A tale of three natures: the ecological systems connectedness of young people in India, Bangladesh and Nepal. In K. Malone, E. Barratt Hacking & A. Cutter-Mackenzie (eds) International Handbook on ChildhoodNature. Springer.


Cutter-Mackenzie, A. & Widdop Quinton, H. (2017, forthcoming) Ecologising Education in Changing and Revolutionary Times. The Netherlands: Sense Publishers.

Refereed journal articles

Cutter-Mackenzie, A., Edwards, S. & Widdop Quinton, H. (2013) Child-framed video research methodologies: issues, possibilities and challenges for researching with children. Children's Geographies, 1-14.

Project reports

Widdop Quinton, H. (2017) Growing Through Education in Remote Village Schools in India: International study program report. Victoria Abroad report. Melbourne: Victoria University.

Cutter-Mackenzie, A. & Widdop Quinton, H. (2013) Multicultural School Gardens Research Project: Final Report 2013. School of Education research papers. Gold Coast, Queensland: Southern Cross University.

Conference Feature Presentation

Malone, K., Somerville, M., Duhn, I., Widdop Quinton, H., Rooney, T., Dollin, J. & Cutter-Mackenzie, A. (2017) AARE Conference Featured Symposium Panel: Exploring the politics of the Anthropocene and the great unsettling of Environmental Education .

Environmental Education curriculum books

Widdop Quinton, H. & Nelson, C. (2007). Sustainable Cities Challenge Secondary Unit Of Work. Melbourne, Gould League.

Grant, J., Winters, B., Widdop Quinton, H., Lomdahl, A., Jackel, S. & Smissen, I. (1999). Foodwebs, classification and biodiversity. Primary and Secondary Teachers Books, Melbourne, Gould League.

King, L., Widdop Quinton, H. & Monea, L. (1997). Victorian Youth Development Program (VYPD) Environment Cadets Curriculum, Greening Australia Victoria on behalf of Parks Victoria.

For a full publications list and download links refer to Helen’s author page.

Teaching responsibilities

Helen’s teaching responsibilities are in the areas of health and wellbeing education; science and environmental/sustainability education; and contemporary issues in education, working with pre-service teachers and postgraduate students.

Postgraduate research students

Helen is currently co-supervisor of a PhD research student investigating The relationship between sustainability education in the curriculum and tertiary students’ views, attitudes, knowledge and behaviour towards sustainability.


2012-2013 APA Scholarship (SCU) for PhD research study ($35,600).

2016 Australian Endeavour Mobility Grant ($21,500)

Professional activities

  • AARE (Australian Association for Research in Education) Environmental and Sustainability SIG Co-Convenor
  • Schools Mental Health Programs (MindMatters/KidsMatter) Victorian State Reference Group member
  • Sustainability, Environment and Education (SEE) Research Cluster member (SCU)
  • Occasional reviewer for journals AJEE and IJSHE
  • Professional member of ACHPER, AAEE, AERA, AARE, HPETAV, VUPHN

Industry experience

  • 15 years as a secondary science and health/wellbeing teacher
  • 15 years as an environmental educator (education programs, publications and consulting) with NGOs including Landcare, Greening Australia and Gould League
  • Curriculum writer for Victorian Department of Education and ACER

Areas of expertise

  • Health and wellbeing education
  • Science and STEM education
  • Environmental and sustainability education
  • Place-based learning
  • Positive education
  • Research methodologies with children as active researchers

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