Kate's career in environment, climate change and education sectors has concentrated on contributing to a more environmentally sustainable and just future. She has extensive programme management and leadership experience in government and non-government settings in Australia. Prior to joining King's in 2016, career highlights have included managing an education team for Sustainability Victoria, a state government agency in Australia, and roles as Regional Director of the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP), Southeast Asia and Pacific and Senior Policy Advisor - International, at the Clean Energy Council (Australia).
Since joining King’s in 2016 as an MA Education, Policy and Society student, Kate has worked as a research assistant on several projects related to sustainability education and international assessment. She is currently a Research Associate on the COMnPLAY Science project, working with Dr Heather King. COMnPLAY Science is an EU funded research project that is examining the nature of coding, making, gaming and playful activities as a potential vehicles for youth engagement in Science learning. Working with Dr Melissa Glackin, Kate has also co-designed and taught the MA STEM Education module, "Environmental Education: Sustainability and Society".
Kate's research interests are in environmental and climate change education, issues of justice and public policy. Her doctoral research, funded by the Rosalind Driver Scholarship Fund, examined England’s climate change education policy landscape. Applying a Foucault-informed theoretical lens, and through policy text analysis and exploratory interviews with individuals in positions of influence, the research explored the current state of climate change education policy, developed explanations for this state and proposed pathways for progress.
Thesis title: Governmentalities of Climate Change Education: Perspectives from History, Policy and Position-holders.