John Rafferty

Dr John Rafferty

Environmental Education

Agricultural, Environmental and Veterinary Sciences


A substantial body of Dr John Rafferty's research is directed toward institutional reform and and education responses to climate change and the role of science education in future environments.

John has long championed the value of new technologies and natural environments as both a stimulus and site for teaching and learning. John is working on several projects and initiatives concerning, science education outreach programs, teacher's environmental attitudes and educational responses to sustainability. The cumulative value of John's extensive networking was recognised with CSU receiving designation from the United Nations University (UNU) as a Regional Centre of Expertise in Education for Sustainable Development, Murray Darling (RCE-MD) in December 2012. The RCE-MD represents an internationally recognised consortium of EfS stakeholders across the region that uniquely undertakes integrated research, educational and community engagement projects.

  • Environmental justice
  • Sustainable community development
  • Education for sustainability
Full publications list on CRO

Recent publications

  • Peters, A., Masterman-Smith, H., & Rafferty, J. (2022). Investigating wildlife disease as a social problem. In C. Stephen (Ed.), Wildlife population health (pp. 77-88). Springer.
  • Pawar, M., O'Sullivan, D., Cash, B., Culas, R., Langat, K., Manning, A., Mungai, N., Rafferty, J., Rajamani, S., & Ward, W. (2020). The sustainable development goals: An Australian response. The International Journal of Community and Social Development, 2(4), 374-393. [1].
  • Peters, A., Masterman-Smith, H., & Rafferty, J. (2019). Operationalising a brave new way of doing wildlife health surveillance. Abstract from 2019 Wildlife Disease Association Australasia (WDA-A) Conference , Little Swanport, Tasmania, Australia.
  • Masterman-Smith, H., Rafferty, J., Dunphy, J., & Laird, S. G. (2016). The emerging field of rural environmental justice studies in Australia: Reflections from an environmental community engagement program. Journal of Rural Studies, 47, 359-368.
  • MacDonald, A., & Rafferty, J. (2015). Investigating mathematics, science and technology in early childhood. Oxford University Press.