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Rosie is a Lecturer in health education. Her work has explored the formations of biography, popular culture, curriculum, social media and places of learning in teachers' and young peoples' meanings of health, the body, food and wellbeing. 

Rosie brings a socio-critical perspective to enactments of school health and physical education in response to the current climate of childhood health imperatives and health inequalities. Current work includes a particular interest in interdisciplinary approaches and intersections of social media, health education with food and nutrition, design, media and the arts.

Prior to joining Monash Rosie's work included teaching and research in health education, youth transitions, social geography, sexuality education and educational sociology at the University of Wollongong and Sydney University. Rosie was also a secondary teacher and primary HPE specialist in schools and taught yoga and creative movement in youth and community settings as well as held cultural and social planning roles in local government.

Research areas:

  • Health Education teacher education
  • Food studies in education
  • Sociology of health and the body
  • Curriculum and pedagogy
  • Social media practices and pedagogies
  • Post-structural and socio-material theory

Rosie is a member of the Learning with New Media (LNM) Research Group. 

 Related Links:

Monash teaching commitment

  • EDF5036 - Art, Design and Wellbeing in the Primary School
  • EDF3173 - Food, Health and Wellbeing
  • EDF5035 - Health and Physical Education in the Primary School
  • EDF2210 - Child and Adolescent Development
  • EDF4024 - Health and Physical Education for Wellbeing in the Primary Curriculum
  • EDF4268 - Health and Physical Education

Research area keywords

  • Social media and digital education
  • Health education
  • Health Education teacher education
  • Physical Education
  • Land based learning
  • Biographical Narratives
  • Poetic Methodologies and Qualitative Research Methods
  • Sociology of Education
  • Food pedagogies

Projects 2018 2020

Research Output 2009 2019

Traversing pedagogies of native Australian or endogenous foods

Welch, R., 2019. 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstractOther

Open Access

Ashy Bines and getting fit online: expanding the conversation around young women’s engagement with fitspo

Hartung, C., Hendry, N. & Welch, R., 2018, p. 15. 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstractOtherpeer-review

Open Access

Beyond the pyramid or plate: contemporary approaches to Food and Nutrition education

Welch, R. & Leahy, D., Sep 2018, In : ACHPER Active and Healthy Magazine. 25, 2/3, p. 22-31 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleOtherpeer-review

Haute health entanglements: asocial semiotic review of #cleaneating on Instagram and its relevance to health education

Welch, R., 2018, p. 49-50. 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstractOtherpeer-review

Health as more than human: environmental attunement within school health education

Welch, R., 2018.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstractOtherpeer-review


Emerald Health Education Journal Outstanding Paper Award

Rosie Welch (Recipient), Gabrielle O'Flynn (Recipient) & Jan Wright (Recipient), Aug 2019

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Activities 2009 2019

Expert Moderator - Recipe for Disaster at Melbourne Science Gallery

Rosie Welch (Contributor)
15 Aug 2019

Activity: Community Talks, Presentations, Exhibitions and EventsPublic event

Curriculum Writer - NSW Education Standards Authority

Rosie Welch (Advisor)
Mar 2019Sep 2019

Activity: External Academic EngagementExpert/ advisor

Environmental Education Research (Journal)

Rosie Welch (Peer reviewer)

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPeer review responsibility

UNESCO Chair Global Health and Eduction (External organisation)

Rosie Welch (Member)
2019 → …

Activity: Industry, Government and Philanthropy Engagement and PartnershipsMembership of networks of excellence

Digital Education Research Seminar Series

Rosie Welch (Speaker)
Nov 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to workshop, seminar, course