Dr Cathy Buntting

Cathy Buntting

Director, Wilf Malcolm Institute of Educational Research


Education; Education Research; Science Education; Teaching and Learning; Technology Education

ethical thinking, futures thinking

Qualifications: Doctor of Philosophy (University of Waikato), Master of Science (University of Waikato), Bachelor of Science (University of Waikato)

Contact Details

Email: [email protected]

About Cathy

My research interests straddle science, technology and STEM education across the school years, with a strong focus on innovative approaches to education in these disciplines, and I am proud to be Director of the award-winning Science Learning Hub - Pokapū Akoranga Pūtaiao and Principal Investigator for On2Science: Multiple affordances for learning through participation in online citizen science. I was formerly Director of Education for the Centres for Asia-Pacific Excellence, including leading the development of

I am committed to the teaching-research nexus, and much of my research has led to the development of teacher-facing educational resources. These include the Ethics thinking toolkit, Futures thinking toolkit, Digital technologies and future-oriented science education discussion document for schools, and the citizen science section on the Science Learning Hub. I am on the Advisory Board of the US-based Biology Online and was an advisor for the Ministry of Education's Connected series (2014–2020).

As Director of the Wilf Malcolm Institute of Educational Research, I support staff across the Division of Education to win and successfully deliver externally-funded research projects. I bring to this role a strong commitment to relationality and extensive experience in strategic thinking and stakeholder engagement.

Find me on ResearchGate.

Books I've contributed to include:

Postgraduate supervision

Science education, technology education, environmental education and STEM education

Recent Publications

  • Buntting, C., Gunstone, R., Berry, A., Corrigan, D., & Jones, A. (2021). STEM Education Matters. In A. Berry, C. Buntting, D. Corrigan, R. Gunstone, & A. Jones (Eds.), Education in the 21st Century (pp. 1-8). Springer International Publishing. doi:10.1007/978-3-030-85300-6_1

  • Buntting, C., & Jones, A. (2021). There’s something about James. In Education in the 21st Century (pp. 63-79). Springer International Publishing. doi:10.1007/978-3-030-85300-6_5

  • Doyle, C., Pierson, C. M., Buntting, C., & Li, Y. (2021). Learning to teach from home. Set: Research Information for Teachers, (1), 60-66. doi:10.18296/set.0196

  • Taura, Y., Waiti, P., & Buntting, C. (2021). Tuia ngā repo me ngā tāngata – Reconnecting communities with their wetlands.. In Y. Taura, C. van Schravendijk-Goodman, & B. Clarkson (Eds.), Te reo o te repo – kei konei tonu au: The voice of the wetland – I am still here (pp. 137-149). Hamilton, NZ: Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research. Retrieved from

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