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About Dr Geoff Woolcott

Dr Geoff Woolcott PhD (Education, UNSW) PhD (Biology, UNSW) GradDipBiol (UNSW) GradDipT (QUT) BSc (UNE)

Associate Professor Geoff Woolcott is a transdisciplinary focused academic within the School of Education at Southern Cross University (SCU), Australia.Geoff has a strong background in funded collaborations in both science and education, and research management roles both nationally and internationally, supported by his doctoral and postdoctoral research in both biology and education. Geoff has considerable educational and leadership experience in the primary, secondary and tertiary education sector, both nationally and internationally, as well as in the development of innovative educational resources, such as competitions and assessments used in Australia and Asia.
Since his appointment in 2013, Geoff has established a research program based largely around multi-partner translational research, with an essential focus on learning and engagement as the way in which humans connect with the world. He has a growing profile both nationally and internationally across the fields of education and organisational administration, including research related to health and the life sciences. A recent focus includes the development of coherent and integrated knowledge mobilization networks that genuinely and purposefully connect university, community and industry, invigorating transdisciplinary research as a new type of cultural ecosystem.
Since 2013 he has produced a large number of high-quality research outputs, contributing to a total of over 140 publications, reports and conference papers, policy documents, presentations, innovations in university curriculum materials, formation of research and teaching networks and reported changes in student behaviour. He has attracted grant funding in excess of $3.5M, leading externally funded projects totalling more than $1.4M as well as leading and taking part in eight internally funded projects. Geoff has also undertaken a key role in the development of the new mathematics curriculum at SCU, as well as in mathematics and science education.

Transdisciplinary research related to studies of learning and engagement networks across society. Research includes: knowledge networks; organizational administration; STEM education (focussing on mathematics and science); spatial reasoning; gifted education; complex networks; collaboration, impact and innovation; client-centred integrated services; and, human developmental ecologies.    

Connecting mathematics learning through spatial reasoning. Australian Research Council Discovery Project (ARCDP170101588) ($300,000).

It’s part of my life: Engaging university and community to enhance science and mathematics education. The Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching, as part of the Enhancing the Training of Mathematics and Science Teachers Program (ETMST) ($1,000,000).

Bite size maths: Building mathematics capability of low SES students in regional/remote Australia. The Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program, National Priorities Pool–2015 ($140,000).

Inspiring Science & Mathematics Education (iSME). Australian Mathematics and Science Participation Program (AMSPP) ($987,500).

Regional Universities Network (RUN) Maths and Science Digital Classroom: A connected model for all of Australia. AMSPP Priority Project ($998,880).

Spatial Reasoning Study Group (SRSG) - the Spatial Reasoning Knowledge Synthesis Project. Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.

Spatial Reasoning Study Group (SRSG) - the Spatial Reasoning Network Mapping Project. Imperial Oil STEM Foundation (IOSTEM) through its Early Years Mathematics Initiative at the University of Calgary, Canada.

Identification of risk factors in first year university education. Higher Education Participation Project (HEPP).


Present Associate Professor, Southern Cross University School of Education

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Contact Information

PO Box 157
Lismore NSW
Australia 2480
Phone: (+61 2) 6620 3400


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