Dr Chris Eames

Environmental Education

Qualifications: BSc MSc PhD Waikato

Research Interests

Chris is a senior lecturer in the Technology, Environmental, Mathematics and Science Education Research Centre (TEMS) located within Te Hononga School of Curriculum and Pedagogy in the Faculty of Education. He teaches pre-service and in-service teacher education students in environmental education/education for sustainability, and science education. He has a number of Master's and doctoral research students studying environmental and sustainability literacy, climate change education and indigenous knowledge though classroom based studies and community environmental projects, as well as aspects of pedagogical content knowledge and digital learning in environmental and science education.

Chris has conducted research and evaluation projects for the Ministry of Education, the Teaching and Learning Research Initiative and WWF New Zealand in the past few years. His current research interests focus on development of environmental literacy, conceptual and action learning in sustainability and science. He is an executive member of the New Zealand Association for Environmental Education (NZAEE) and committee member for the Waikato branch. He is Associate Editor of the Australian Journal of Environmental Education, on the editorial board of the Journal of Environmental Education and acts as a reviewer for Environmental Education Research.

Chris also has extensive experience teaching biochemistry and microbiology at the tertiary level, and in liaison with science and technology companies and biology secondary teachers. He is an Honorary Life member of the New Zealand Association for Co-operative Education (NZACE).


Co-operative Education; Education Research; Environmental Education; Indigenous Education; Learning in Science and Technology; Pedagogy; Schools (Primary/Secondary); Science Education; Sustainability; Teacher Education

sustainability education

Recent Publications

  • Eames, C., Sund, P., Higuchi, M. I. G., Olivereira, H., & O'Donoghue, R. (2018). Exploring the constitution of environment education as situated, critical processes of learning and change: A collaborative synthesis across diverse regional contexts. Pesquisa em Educação Ambiental, 13, 42-60. doi:10.18675/2177-580X.vol13.Especial.p42-60

  • DePetris, T., & Eames, C. (2018). A collaborative community education model: Developing effective school-community partnerships. Australian Journal of Environmental Education, 33(3), 171-188. doi:10.1017/aee.2017.26 Open Access version:

  • Eames, C., Barker, M., & Scarff, C. (2018). Priorities, identity and the environment: Negotiating the early teenage years. Journal of Environmental Education, 1-19. doi:10.1080/00958964.2017.1415195

  • Eames, C. (2018). Education and learning. Developing action competence: living sustainably with the sea. In M. Brown, & K. Peters (Eds.), Living with the Sea: Knowledge, Awareness and Action (pp. 70-83). Routledge. doi:10.4324/9781315161839

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Contact Details

Room: TC1.04B
Phone: 838 4357
Cellphone: 027 664 8372