Professor Margaret Somerville
Professor Of Education,
Centre For Educational Research (Soe)
Margaret Somerville is Professor of Education and the Director of the Centre for Educational Research in the School of Education University of Western Sydney. She is also the Chair of the Greater Western Sydney chapter of the United Nations Regional Centre of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development (one of only four in Australia).
She is currenlty researching and teaching doctoral students in the areas of place and sustainability education and professional learning/organizational development. Margaret is able to connect these fields of research through new theories of space, place and body and adapting her expertise in creative methodologies within the post-human paradigm that link the physical and social sciences, humanities and creative arts.
Her long standing research in Indigenous understandings of connection to country has also contributed to the way scholars in the field conceptualize place and place-based learning in education. Scholars both nationally and internationally have taken up this work with her methodological leadership being recognised through invitations to: lead a group of Scandinavian scholars in place-based pedagogy research which led to the award of a Norwegian Education Research Council grant; to lead a group of researchers at Canberra University developing new theoretical work in space, place and body; and a special edition of a Norwegian journal.
Margaret's conceptual, theoretical and methodological contributions in place studies have coalesced into a significant body of research in sustainability education across the educational specturm from early childhood to school and community-based education. This pioneering work in place studies has informed the publication of seven authored books, an edited collection, and over 60 refereed publications, the most recent being 'Water in a Dry Land: place learning through art and story' (2013) (Routledge). Professor Somerville's books have had an enduring impact on understanding our relationship with the land in Australia.
Professor Somerville's current funded research projects are:
- Love your Lagoons: A place-based, industry funded sustainability project involving 315 students and 20 teachers from primary and secondary schools linked with 30 community educators in south western Sydney to implement projects aimed at caring for local wetlands
- Mapping students' everyday multimodal language practices in a high needs school: A project at a National Priority high needs, western Sydney Public School where teachers and students engage with language, culture and ethnicity as signifies of children's significant places. Connecting home and school as places of learning and success is the focus
Reports of recently completed externally funded projects can be viewed on the CER website http://www.uws.edu.au/cer
This information has been contributed by Professor Somerville.
Organisational Unit (School / Division)
- Centre For Educational Research (Soe)
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- Somerville, M. and Green, M. (2015), 'Children, Place and Sustainability', : Palgrave 9781137408495.
- Somerville, M. (2013), 'Water in a Dry Land : Place-Learning Through Art and Story', : Routledge 9780415503976.
- Somerville, M., Davies, B., Power, K., Gannon, S. and deCarteret, P. (2011), 'Place Pedagogy Change', : Sense Publishing 9789460916144.
- Somerville, M. and Perkins, T. (2010), 'Singing the Coast: Place and Identity in Australia', : Aboriginal Studies Press 97880855757113.
- Somerville, M., Power, K. and deCarteret, P. (2009), 'Landscapes and Learning: Place Studies for a Global World', : Sense Publishing 978-94-6091-082-1.
- Billett, S., Fenwick, T. and Somerville, M. (2007), 'Work, Subjectivity and Learning: Understanding learning through working life.', : Springer 1402053592.
- Somerville, M. (2004), 'Wildflowering: The Life and Places of Kathleen McArthur', : University of Queensland Press 9780702234507.
- Somerville, M. (1999), 'Body/Landscape Journals', : Spinifex Press 9781875559879.
- Somerville, M., Dundas, M., Mead, M., Robinson, J. and Sulter, M. (1994), 'The Sun Dancin': People and Place in Coonabarabran', : Aboriginal Studies Press 085575253X.
- Cohen, P. and Somerville, M. (1990), 'Ingelba and the Five Black Matriarchs', : Allen & Unwin 9780044421474.
Chapters in Books
- Somerville, M., McGavock, T. and Stephenson, K. (2020), 'Becoming bird : creative pedagogies for future-making education?', Why Science and Art Creativities Matter: (Re-)Configuring STEAM for Future-making Education, Brill 9789004396111.
- Somerville, M. and Powell, S. (2019), 'Researching with children of the Anthropocene : a new paradigm?', Educational Research in the Age of Anthropocene, IGI Global 9781522553175.
- Somerville, M. (2019), 'Posthuman theory and practice in early years learning', Research Handbook on Childhoodnature: Assemblages of Childhood and Nature Research, Springer Nature 9783319519494.
- Cole, D. and Somerville, M. (2018), 'Thinking school curriculum through Country with Deleuze and Whitehead : a process-based synthesis', Art, Artists and Pedagogy: Philosophy and the Arts in Education, Routledge 9781138500518.
- Somerville, M. (2018), 'Schools as sites of advanced capitalism : reading radical inequality radically', Resisting Educational Inequality: Reframing Policy and Practice in Schools Serving Vulnerable Communities, Routledge 9781138089303.
- Somerville, M. and Crinall, S. (2018), 'Intergenerational bodies : women's knowledge production in supervisory relations', Women Activating Agency in Academia: Metaphors, Manifesto and Memoir, Routledge 9781138551138.
- Dollin, J. and Somerville, M. (2018), 'Developing local sustainability initiatives in Western Sydney', Academia and Communities: Engaging for Change, United Nations University, Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability 9789280845891.
- Somerville, M. (2017), 'The Anthropocene's call to educational research', Reimagining Sustainability in Precarious Times, Springer 9789811025488.
- Davies, B., Somerville, M. and Claiborne, L. (2017), 'Feminist poststructuralisms and the neoliberal university', Qualitative Inquiry in Neoliberal Times, Routledge 9781138226432.
- Somerville, M. (2017), '(Becoming-with) water as data', Disrupting Data in Qualitative Inquiry: Entanglements with the Post-critical and Post-anthropocentric, Peter Lang 9781433133381.
- Somerville, M. (2016), 'Environmental and sustainability education : a fragile history of the present', The Sage Handbook of Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment. Volume 1, Sage 9781446297025.
- Somerville, M. (2016), 'Theories of globalisation and planetary sustainability', Super Dimensions in Globalisation and Education, Springer 9789811003103.
- Somerville, M. and Bodkin, F. (2016), 'Featherlines : becoming human differently with earth others', Becoming Earth: A Post Human Turn in Educational Discourse Collapsing Nature/Culture Divides, Sense Publishers 9789463004282.
- Somerville, M. and Vella, K. (2015), 'Sustaining the change agent : bringing the body into language in professional practice', The Body in Professional Practice, Learning and Education: Body/Practice, Springer 9783319001395.
- Somerville, M. (2015), 'Deep mapping connections to country', Manifesto for Living in the Anthropocene, Punctum Books 9780988234062.
- Power, K. and Somerville, M. (2015), 'The fence as technology of (post-)colonial childhood in contemporary Australia', Unsettling the Colonial Places and Spaces of Early Childhood Education, Taylor and Francis 9781138779365.
- Somerville, M. (2014), 'Professional learning for planetary sustainability : thinking through country', Reconceptualising Professional Learning: Sociomaterial Knowledges, Practices and Responsibilities, Routledge 9780415815789.
- D'Warte, J. and Somerville, M. (2014), 'Language mapping : researching marginalised students' everyday language and literacy practices', Contemporary Issues of Equity in Education, Cambridge Scholars 9781443863322.
- Somerville, M. (2014), 'Creative collaborations in the contact zone', Collaborative Ethnomusicology: New Approaches to Music Research Between Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Australians, Lyrebird Press 9780734037770.
- Somerville, M. (2013), 'Thinking through country : new literacy practices for a sustainable world', Rethinking Rural Literacies: Transnational Perspectives, Palgrave Macmillan 9781137275486.
- Somerville, M. (2013), 'Singing the coast : writing place and identity in Australia', A Deeper Sense of Place: Stories and Journeys of Indigenous-Academic Collaboration, Oregon State University Press 9780870717222.
- Somerville, M. (2012), 'Textual genres and the question of representation', Handbook of Qualitative Research in Education, Edward Elgar 9781849805094.
- Somerville, M. (2012), 'The critical power of place', Critical Qualitative Research Reader, Peter Lang 9781433106880.
- Somerville, M. (2011), 'Art, Community and Knowledge Flows', Knowledge Mobilisation and Educational Research: Politics, Languages, Responsibilities, Routledge 978-0-415-61464-1.
- Somerville, M., Power, K. and deCarteret, P. (2009), 'Introduction: Place Studies for a Global World', Landscapes and Learning: Place Studies for a Global World, Sense Publishing 978-94-6091-082-1.
- Somerville, M. (2009), 'Transforming Pedagogies of Water', Landscapes and Learning: Place Studies for a Global World, Sense Publishing 978-94-6091-082-1.
- Somerville, M., Marshall, C., Barker, L. and Bates, B. (2008), 'Flows and Intensities: Travelling Water Stories in Inland Australia', Beyond the Black Stump: Histories of Outback Australia, Wakefield Press 9781862548008.
- Somerville, M. (2006), 'Gender perspectives in workplace learning', Improving Workplace Learning: emerging international perspectives, Nova Science Publishers 1594545669.
- Somerville, M. (2006), 'Subjected bodies or embodied subjects?', Work, Subjectivity and Learning: Understanding learning through working life., Springer 1402053592.
- Somerville, M. (2006), 'Work, subjectivity and learning: prospects and issues', Work, Subjectivity and Learning: Understanding learning through working life, Springer 1402053592.
- Minichiello, V., Somerville, M., McConaghy, C., McParlane, J. and Scott, A. (2005), 'The challenges of ageism', Contemporary Issues in Gerontology: Promoting Positive Ageing, Routledge 9780415364294.
- Chew, M., Maheshwari, B. and Somerville, M. (2019), 'Photovoice for understanding groundwater management issues and challenges of villagers in Rajasthan, India', Groundwater for Sustainable Development, vol 8 , pp 134 - 143.
- Somerville, M. and Powell, S. (2019), 'Thinking posthuman with mud : and children of the Anthropocene', Educational Philosophy and Theory, vol 51, no 8 , pp 829 - 840.
- Crinall, S. and Somerville, M. (2019), '[In Press] Informal environmental learning : the sustaining nature of daily child/water/dirt relations', Environmental Education Research, .
- Somerville, M., Tobin, L. and Tobin, J. (2019), 'Walking contemporary Indigenous songlines as public pedagogies of country', Journal of Public Pedagogies, vol 4 .
- Powell, S. and Somerville, M. (2018), '[In Press] Drumming in excess and chaos : music, literacy and sustainability in early years learning', Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, .
- Somerville, M. (2018), 'Education research for the Anthropocene : the (micro) politics of researcher becoming (2017 Radford lecture)', The Australian Educational Researcher, vol 45, no 5 , pp 553 - 567.
- Somerville, M. (2018), 'Anthropocene's time', Educational Philosophy and Theory, vol 50, no 14 , pp 1597 - 1598.
- Somerville, M. and Hickey, S. (2017), 'Between indigenous and non-indigenous : urban/nature/child pedagogies', Environmental Education Research, vol 23, no 10 , pp 1427 - 1439.
- Hackett, A. and Somerville, M. (2017), 'Posthuman literacies : young children moving in time, place and more-than-human worlds', Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, vol 17, no 3 , pp 374 - 391.
- Somerville, M. (2017), 'Thinking critically with children of the Anthropocene : (un)learning the subject in qualitative and postqualitative inquiry', International Review of Qualitative Research, vol 10, no 4 , pp 395 - 410.
- Somerville, M. (2016), 'The post-human I: encountering 'data' in new materialism', International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, vol 29, no 9 , pp 1161 - 1172.
- Somerville, M. (2016), 'Queering place : the intersection of feminist body theory and Australian Aboriginal collaboration', Review of Education, Pedagogy, and Cultural Studies, vol 38, no 1 , pp 14 - 28.
- Green, M. and Somerville, M. (2015), 'Sustainability education : researching practice in primary schools', Environmental Education Research, .
- Somerville, M. and Williams, C. (2015), 'Sustainability education in early childhood : an updated review of research in the field', Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, vol 16, no 2 , pp 102 - 117.
- Somerville, M. (2014), 'Developing relational understandings of water through collaboration with indigenous knowledges', WIREs Water, .
- Somerville, M. and D'Warte, J. (2014), 'Researching children's linguistic repertoires in globalized classrooms', Knowledge Cultures: A Multidisciplinary Journal, vol 2, no 4 , pp 133 - 151.
- Somerville, M. (2014), 'Entangled objects in the cultural politics of childhood and nation', Global Studies of Childhood, vol 4, no 3 , pp 183 - 194.
- Somerville, M. (2013), 'Place, storylines and the social practices of literacy', Literacy, vol 47, no 1 , pp 10 - 16.
- Somerville, M. (2013), 'The 'placetimemattering' of aspiration in the Blacktown Learning Community', Critical Studies in Education, vol 54, no 3 , pp 231 - 244.
- Somerville, M. (2013), 'The nature/cultures of children's place learning maps', Global Studies of Childhood, vol 3, no 4 , pp 407 - 417.
- Somerville, M. and Rennie, J. (2012), 'Mobilising community? Place, identity formation and new teachers' learning', Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, vol 33, no 2 , pp 193 - 206.
- Devos, A. and Somerville, M. (2012), 'What constitutes doctoral knowledge? Exploring issues of power and subjectivity in doctoral examination', Australian Universities' Review, vol 54, no 1 , pp 47 - 54.
- Somerville, M. and Green, M. (2012), 'Mapping sustainability initiatives across a region : an innovative survey approach', Australian Journal of Environmental Education, vol 28, no 2 , pp 65 - 77.
- Power, K. and Somerville, M. (2012), 'Space, place and body : temporary coalitions, nodes in a network', Reconceptualizing educational research methodology, vol 3, no 2 .
- Somerville, M. (2011), 'A pedagogy of 'organized chaos': Ecological learning in primary schools', Children Youth and Environment, vol 21, no 1 , pp 14 - 34.
- Tomaney, J. and Somerville, M. (2010), 'Climate change and regional identity in Latrobe Valley, Victoria', Australian Humanities Review, vol 49 , pp 29 - 47.
- Somerville, M., Plunkett, M. and Dyson, M. (2010), 'New teachers learning in rural and regional Australia', Asia Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, vol 38, no 1 , pp 39 - 55.
- Somerville, M. (2010), 'A place pedagogy for 'global contemporaneity'', Journal of Educational Philosophy and Theory, vol 42, no 3 , pp 326 - 334.
- Somerville, M. (2009), 'Rethinking literacy as a process of translation', Australian Journal of Language and Literacy, vol 32, no 1 , pp 9 - 22.
- Somerville, M. (2008), 'Waiting in the chaotic place of unknowing : articulating postmodern emergence', International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, vol 21, no 3 , pp 209 - 220.
- Somerville, M. (2007), 'Postmodern emergence', International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, vol 20, no 2 , pp 225 - 243.
- Somerville, M. (2007), 'Place literacy', Australian Journal of Language & Literacy, vol 30, no 2 , pp 149 - 164.
- Abrahamsson, L. and Somerville, M. (2007), 'Changing storylines and masculine bodies in Australian coal mining organizations', NORMA: Nordic Journal for Masculinity Studies, vol 2, no 1 , pp 52 - 69.
- Somerville, M. and Lloyd, A. (2006), 'Codified knowledge and embodied learning : the problem of safety training', Studies in Continuing Education, vol 28, no 3 , pp 279 - 289.
- Somerville, M. (2006), 'Becoming worker: Vocational training for aged care workers', Journal of Vocational Education and Training - Special Issue, Gender Matters: Perspectives on women, work and training, vol 58, no 4 , pp 471 - 481.
- Lloyd, A. and Somerville, M. (2006), 'Postmodern emergence', Journal of Workplace Learning, vol 18, no 3 , pp 186 - 198.
- Beck, W. and Somerville, M. (2005), 'Conversations between disciplines : historical archaeology and oral history at Yarrawarra', World Archaeology, vol 37, no 3 , pp 468 - 483.
- Somerville, M. (2005), ''Working' culture : exploring notions of workplace culture and learning at work', Pedagogy, Culture and Society, vol 13, no 1 , pp 5 - 25.
- Somerville, M. and Perkins, T. (2005), '(Re)membering in the contact zone : telling, and listening to, a massacre story', Altitude, vol 6, no 2 .
- Somerville, M. and McConnell-Imbriotis, A. (2004), 'Applying the learning organisation concept in a resource squeezed service organisation', Journal of Workplace Learning, vol 16, no 4 , pp 237 - 248.
- Probyn, F. and Somerville, M. (2004), 'Towards 'a postcolonial practice of writing'', Hecate, vol 30, no 1 , pp 56 - 71.
- Billett, S. and Somerville, M. (2004), 'Transformations at work : identity and learning', Studies in Continuing Education, vol 26, no 2 , pp 309 - 326.
- Somerville, M. (2004), 'Tracing bodylines : the body in feminist poststructural research', International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, vol 17, no 1 , pp 47 - 63.
- Somerville, M. and Perkins, T. (2003), 'Border work in the contact zone : thinking Indigenous/non-Indigenous collaboration spatially', Journal of Intercultural Studies, vol 24, no 3 , pp 253 - 266.
- Somerville, M. and Abrahamsson, L. (2003), 'Trainers and learners constructing a community of practice : masculine work cultures and learning safety in the mining industry', Studies in the Education of Adults, vol 35, no 1 , pp 19 - 34.
- Somerville, M. (2002), 'Learning potentials and limitations under globalisation in aged care workplaces', Journal of Workplace Learning, vol 14, no 2 , pp 68 - 75.
- Beck, W. and Somerville, M. (2002), 'Embodied places in Indigenous ecotourism : the Yarrawarra research project', Australian Aboriginal Studies, vol 2 , pp 4 - 13.
- Somerville, M. and Hartley, L. (2000), 'Eating place : postcolonial explorations of embodiment and place', Journal of Intercultural Studies, vol 21, no 3 , pp 353 - 364.
- Somerville, M. (1997), 'Workplace literacy and power : preliminary investigations', Literacy and Numeracy Studies, vol 7, no 1 , pp 89 - 102.
- Somerville, M. (1990), 'Life (hi)story writing : the relationship between talk and text', Australian Feminist Studies, vol 5, no 12 , pp 29 - 42.
- Woods, A., Rautio, P., Somerville, M., Powell, S. and Duhn, I. (2017), 'Literacy and sustainability education : considering children in emerging pedagogie', European Conference on Educational Research, Copenhagen, Denmark.
- Woods, A. and Somerville, M. (2017), 'Playing around with literacy : children imagining possibilities as they play', American Educational Research Association. Meeting, San Antonio, Tex..
- Somerville, M. and Green, M. (2012), 'Place and sustainability literacy in schools and teacher education', Joint Australian Association for Research in Education and Asia-Pacific Educational Research Association Conference, University of Sydney.
- Somerville, M. (2008), 'Bubbles on the surface : a methodology of water', Australian Association for Research in Education Annual Conference, Brisbane QLD.
- Devos, A., Somerville, M. and deCarteret, P. (2008), 'Collective biography methodology for sustainable places', Australian Association for Research in Education Annual Conference, Brisbane QLD.
- Somerville, M. (2007), 'Space and place in education: (still) speaking from the margins', Australian Association for Research in Education Annual Conference, Freemantle WA.
- Somerville, M. (2007), 'Becoming-frog: a primary school place pedagogy', Australian Association for Research in Education Annual Conference, Freementle WA.
- Somerville, M. (2006), 'An enabling place pedagogy for new teachers', Australian Association for Research in Education Annual Conference, Adelaide.
- Somerville, M. (2005), 'Place learning for sustainable futures', International Conference on Post-compulsory Education and Training, Gold Coast, Qld..
- Somerville, M. (2005), 'Subject formation : transitions for new workers', International Conference on Post-compulsory Education and Training , Gold Coast, Qld..
- Somerville, M. (2004), 'Transformation stories : r(e)generating research in adult education', Standing Conference on University Teaching and Research in the Education of Adults (Great Britain), University of Sheffield.
- Carteret, P., Edwards, H., MacKay, F., McConnell-Imbriotis, A., Nye, A., Somerville, M. and Swain, J. (2004), 'Learning in community : the song and dance of women in the Fiery Cottage', Adult Learning Australia. Conference, Adelaide, S. A..
- 2016, 'Meeting of the Waters: Aboriginal Art Exhibition'
- 2010, 'Water in a Dry Land'
- 2008, 'Bubbles on the Surface III'
- 2007, 'Bubbles on the Surface II'
- 2006, 'Bubbles on the Surface I'
- 2016, 'Building on Children's Linguistic Repertoires to Enrich Learning: A Project Report for the NSW Department of Education', Report
- 2016, 'Researching Parent Engagement: A Qualitative Field Study', Report
- 2016, 'Pathways to Engagement: Aboriginal Education Officers in Their Own Words', Report
- 2015, 'Love Your Lagoons: Place-based Learning and Environmental Action in South Western Sydney', Report
- 2015, 'Integrating Education for Sustainability (EfS) into Teacher Education: Project Report', Report
- 2015, 'Education for Sustainable Development Report 2015: Contribution to Quality Education in Australian Schools', Report
- 2015, 'Mapping Students' Everyday Multimodal Language Practices in a High Needs School: Final Project Report', Report
- 2013, 'Our Place Western Sydney. Stage 2, Community: Project Report, August 2013', Report
- 2013, 'Student Trajectory Aspiration Research (STAR): A Study of Aspirations, Enablers and Barriers to Further Education in the Blacktown Learning Community', Report
- 2013, 'Place-based Education for Sustainability in Gippsland Schools: A Report for Participating Schools and the Wider School Communities in Australia about the Implementation of Place-based Sustainability Curriculum', Report
- 2013, 'Our Place, Western Sydney, Project Report. Stage 1: Community Environmental & Sustainability Educators', Report
- 2013, 'Teachers@Sustainability: A Participatory Action Research Study in Place and Sustainability Education', Report
|Title:||Love Your Lagoons|
|Western Researchers:||Margaret Somerville, Tonia Gray, Carol Birrell and Susanne Gannon|
|Years:||2013-08-16 - 2014-12-31|
|Title:||Our Place Project - Western Sydney - Stage One: understanding the work and needs of community environmental and sustainability educators|
|Western Researchers:||Margaret Somerville|
|Years:||2012-07-01 - 2012-12-31|
|Title:||Our Place Project - Western Sydney - Stage Two: A study of community needs in local place care and protection|
|Western Researchers:||Margaret Somerville|
|Years:||2012-10-08 - 2013-08-31|
|Title:||Parental Engagement - Qualitative Research|
|Western Researchers:||Christine Woodrow, Margaret Somerville and Loshini Naidoo|
|Years:||2015-08-19 - 2016-04-01|
|Title:||Naming the world: early years literacy and sustainability learning|
|Western Researchers:||Margaret Somerville|
|Years:||2016-03-01 - 2019-08-31|
|Title:||Building on children's linguistic repertoires to enrich English learning|
|Western Researchers:||Margaret Somerville, Jacqueline D'Warte and Wayne Sawyer|
|Years:||2015-01-08 - 2016-01-31|
|Title:||Mapping students everyday multimodal language practices in a high needs school|
|Western Researchers:||Jacqueline D'Warte and Margaret Somerville|
|Years:||2014-05-29 - 2015-01-31|
Professor Somerville is available to be a principal supervisor for doctoral projects
|Thesis Title:||Traditional Owners on Country Today: The Art of Place-making in the Merri Creek Catchment, Victoria|
|Field of Research:|
|Thesis Title:||A Veil of Sand: An Autoethnographic Study of a School Reform Program in the Middle East|
|Field of Research:||Curriculum And Education Studies; Other Education; Other Society And Culture|
|Thesis Title:||Blogging Art and Sustenance: Artful Everyday Life (Making) with Water|
|Field of Research:||Other Education|
|Thesis Title:||Disintegration and the Feminine in the Landscape|
|Field of Research:||Literature; Other Education; History; Gender Specific Studies|