Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Research Institute for Professional Practice, Learning and Education

We are a community of researchers who address critical questions to develop and provide practical and readily implementable solutions to problems of professional practice, learning and education. With members from the University's three Faculties (Arts & Education; Science; Business, Justice & Behavioural Sciences), we are renowned for our distinctive interdisciplinary expertise and our skill in creating and sustaining mutually beneficial collaborations. We are committed to research that, in the local Wiradjuri language, contributes to yindyamarra winhangha-nha (the wisdom of respectfully knowing how to live well in a world worth living in). Working within this philosophy, we engage with communities to tackle problems in diverse contexts, including educational contexts from birth to adulthood, the health professions (including allied health and nursing) and information literacy. Through collaboration, we conduct world class research that is informed by, and informs, policy and practice locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. We articulate the impact of our engagement in the communities we serve.

Our research program consists of four interconnected strands:


Message from the Director - Professor Jennifer Sumsion

Jennifer SumsionWe live in an international context where there is an increased scrutiny into many dimensions of professional practice, education and learning, including: how professionals make decisions, the knowledge bases they draw upon to do so and the ways in which research informs their practice on an everyday basis; their continuing professional development and learning and the outcomes of their practice for learning, development and wellbeing, as well as broader community and societal outcomes.  

RIPPLE acknowledges the range of research approaches and methodologies requisite to quality enquiry into such complex phenomena as professional practice and learning. The membership of RIPPLE is comprised of people from across a range of professional backgrounds with an extensive collective skill base. Additionally, RIPPLE researchers include high profile members with skills in research and program design and evaluation. We look forward to interacting with you and your organization in addressing these complex and vitally important areas of endeavour.