Sarah Crinall

Sarah Crinall is a mother and a PhD candidate at home on Phillip Island, Victoria.  Sarah’s work emerges from the space between her home-life, body-life and work-life as a mother, maker, writer and worker in the swampland between Western Port and Bass Strait. . Over the last six years Sarah has engaged with a river’s health and it’s quality, from a community perspective, all around Melbourne and Gippsland in Victoria as a Waterwatch Officer.  In this work Sarah became interested in how art altered scientific learning experiences.  Melbourne Water supported a Masters investigation into this theme, which Sarah has now developed into a PhD dissertation. Currently, as a Waterwatch consultant alongside motherhood and part-time study,  Sarah is mingling education for resource sustenance with motherhood where she is finding learning spaces everywhere, everyday.  Sarah’s pre-occupation is now with drawing the creative into the scientific in post-colonial spaces for wellness globally. 

Bachelor of Science (hons), Graduate Diploma Education (Secondary)

Australian Postgraduate Award (2013)

Thesis Title
The Arts in Waterway-health Education for Sustainability: Artful Place-consciousness and the Everyday

Prof. Margaret Somerville, Prof. Karen Malone

This creative research investigation wonders how an artistic inquiry can bring together a community and its waterway management authorities, in conversation, toward a sustainable water future?  Healthy waterways are important for public health and the state of our environment. The sustainability of healthy waterways is adversely challenged by residential, industrial, rural and urban activities. Communities have been, since time immemorial, involved in artistic practices inspired by natural water-filled spaces. In this creative research investigation I formally invited the arts into the repertoire of educational tools used as a waterway-health educator.  I attend to how local artists - in considering, celebrating and communicating local places through their art - contribute to culturally informed, knowledgeable, sustainable communities, and how art-making, other everyday activities, and our own health, are linked to the question of resource sustenance.  From an anglo-feminine Western perspective, I reflexively consider how my attention to everyday activities interacts with my attention to sustaining places and myself.  I continue this process of thinking about resource sustenance, through everyday living, throughout the research process to attend to the sustainable and sustainability aspects of Sustainable Education (for sustainability). 


Refereed Journal Articles

  • Crinall, S. M. and Henry, T. (2008) Waterwatch and art: ‘Creating’ space for students to understand science and connect with waterways. The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability.. 4(6) p.55-64.
  • Crinall, S.M. and Hindell J. (2004) Assessing the use of saltmarsh flats by fish in a temperate Australian embayment. Estuaries. 28 p.728-739.


  • Crinall, S. M. (2006) Reflections of a Waterwatcher. Eingana. Water Edition. Victorian Association of Environmental Education. Victoria ©


  • International Conference for Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability (2007) (presenter)
  • National Waterwatch Conference (2007) (presenter)


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