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Liz has a background in agricultural science, commerce and tertiary education and completed a PhD from Victoria University in Melbourne. Her doctoral research investigated the influence of various tertiary sustainability education initiatives on student attitudes, beliefs and behaviour and the development of their competencies and agency to contribute to wider societal transformation.   

Prior to the PhD, Liz was an academic and researcher for 11 years at CQUniversity in Melbourne where she taught and coordinated a variety of business units at the diploma, undergraduate and postgraduate levels. As a strong advocate for sustainability, Liz initiated a range of sustainability projects including revising existing units, developing new courses, embedding education for sustainability in teaching and research, establishing a Community of Practice for sustainability across the university, stimulating student and staff engagement in sustainable campus operations and fostering cross-institutional research in education for sustainability.

Prior to her academic career, Liz worked for 15 years in agribusiness and food industries in Australia, Asia-Pacific and Europe where she conducted product, market and industry research and development projects. Further, Liz has account management and marketing consulting experience in the telecommunications and insurance sectors. 

Liz has published several academic papers and her research interests are in education and learning for sustainability, higher education for sustainable development, transformative learning, lifelong learning, CALD learning for sustainability, the transformation of complex systems and sustainability transitions. 

Research interests

  • Lifelong learning

  • Education and learning for sustainability

  • Higher education for sustainable development
  • Transformative learning

  • CALD learning for sustainability

  • Developing competency/literacy/agency for sustainability

  • Sustainable development

  • Personal and social change

  • Organisational and systems change

  • Transformation of complex systems

  • Sustainability transitions

Education/Academic qualification

Education, PhD, Victoria University

Award Date: 1 Nov 2019

Graduate Diploma in Secondary Education , Victoria University

1 Feb 200331 Dec 2003

Award Date: 31 Dec 2003

Master of Commerce (Econ), University of Melbourne

1 Feb 199031 Dec 1994

Award Date: 31 Dec 1994

Bachelor of Agricultural Science, La Trobe University

1 Feb 198131 Dec 1984

Award Date: 31 Dec 1984

Research area keywords

  • Learning and Teaching
  • Sustainability
  • Education for Sustainability
  • Education - tertiary
  • lifelong learning
  • Sustainable Development
  • Sustainability Transitions
  • CALD learning for sustainability
  • Transformative learning
  • Complex Systems
  • environmental psychology

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Research Output

  • 4 Article
  • 1 Conference Paper

The personal context of student learning for sustainability: results of a multi-university research study

Sidiropoulos, E., 20 Apr 2018, In : Journal of Cleaner Production. 181, p. 537-554 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

5 Citations (Scopus)

Education for sustainability in business education programs: a question of value

Sidiropoulos, E., 15 Dec 2014, In : Journal of Cleaner Production. 85, p. 472-487 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

38 Citations (Scopus)

Supporting the sustainability journey of tertiary international students in Australia

Sidiropoulos, L., Wex, I. & Sibley, J., 1 Jul 2013, In : Australian Journal of Environmental Education. 29, 1, p. 52-79 28 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

4 Citations (Scopus)

The role of HEIs in society’s transformation to sustainability: the case for embedding sustainability concepts in business programs

Sidiropoulos, L., 11 Aug 2011, Proceedings of the 10th International Conference of Australasian Campuses Towards Sustainability. Hegarty, K., Chambers, D. & Beringer, A. (eds.). Melbourne Vic Australia: RMIT University, p. 45-53 9 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference PaperResearchpeer-review