Dr Cathy Buntting

Cathy Buntting

Director, Wilf Malcolm Institute of Educational Research

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

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.

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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

  • 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

  • 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

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

ethical thinking, futures thinking

Contact Details

Email: [email protected]