Position/s

Senior Lecturer in Public Policy
Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences

Biography

Dr. Cassandra Star teaches in the Graduate Program in Public Administration in the Department of Politics and Public Policy. Cassandra is an established career academic with a well developed profile as a researcher, as an academic leader, and as a professional engaged with the profession and the community.

Cassandra has been teaching political science and environmental studies across the Australian higher education sector for two decades, specialising in inspiring students about their place in the political world and awakening them to the political nature of their actions. She has been twice awarded a national teaching citation from the Office of Learning and Teaching. She has taught both undergraduates and postgraduates, and is an experienced postgraduate supervisor.

Cassandra's research centres on environmental politics and policy, with a focus on the politics of climate change and on the role, actions and influence of non-government organisations in this arena. She is particularly interested in both the political influence of the movement, but also the formal and informal networks and social learning that occurs between groups in the non-government sector around climate change issues.

Cassandra engages with the broader public on political and policy issues by giving public talks, by doing training for the Institute of Public Affairs Australia (SA), and via her work with various government departments and agencies.

Qualifications

  • PhD Monash University
  • Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching and Learning University of Southern Queensland
  • Bachelor of Science (Australian Environmental Studies) Hons (I) Griffith University
  • Bachelor of Science (Australian Environmental Studies) Griffith University

Honours, awards and grants

Honours and Awards

  • Office of Learning and Teaching Citation (2014) - For over two decades of empowering and supporting individuals to develop

    their political identity and engage with the political world, enabling active global citizens.

  • Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences, Teaching Award (2010).
  • Australian Learning and Teaching Council Citation - For Institutional Leadership in Creating and Sustaining a University-wide Situated Professional Development Initiative to Improve Learning and Teaching Quality by Empowering Academic Teaching Staff (2009).
  • Membership, Flinders University College of Distinguished Educators (2009).
  • Membership, University of Southern Queensland Teaching Academy (2008).
  • Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning (2007).
  • Excellence in Design and Delivery of Teaching Materials (2007).

Grants

  • Cassandra Star, 2012. (Flinders University Re-Entry Fellowship). $49497. Understanding state-civil society engagement by analysing the relationship between ENGOs, citizens and the state in periods of significant political change.
  • Cassandra Star & Jacquelin McDonald, 2010. (ALTC). $218000. Identifying, building and sustaining leadership capacity for communities of practice in higher education.
  • Cassandra Star, 2007. (ECR Program, USQ) $7600. Business Engagement with Climate Change Initiatives in Australia: Understanding Different Modes of Engagement in Relation to Levels of Corporate Social Responsibility.
  • Cassandra Star, 2007. (Faculty of Business, Research & Higher Degrees Committee) $7991. Climate politics and environmental justice in the North American context.
  • Jacquelin McDonald, Michael Sankey, Jill Lawrence & Cassandra Star, 2006. (USQ SDF) $30000. Creating CoPs to improve the experience of teachers and students in first year courses.

Key responsibilities

  • Deputy Chair - University Social and Behavioural Research Ethics Committee
  • Academic Coordinator - Public Sector Management Program
  • Independent Chair, Outer Southern Innovation Community Action Networks Executive Management Committee, DECD

Topic Coordinator:

  • POAD7004  The Politics of Climate Change
  • POAD9004  The Politics of Climate Change
  • POAD9129  Environmental Policy and Governance

Topic Lecturer:

Research expertise

  • Environmental science and management
  • Policy and administration
  • Political science

Research interests

  • Environmental policy and politics
  • Climate change policy and politics
  • Climate activism in Western democracies
  • Global environmental issues
  • Green political theory
  • Higher education policy

Supervisory interests

  • Climate change
  • Comparative politics
  • Environment movements
  • Environment policy
  • Environmental politics

RHD research supervision

Current

Principal supervisor : Climate change policy (3) ;

Associate supervisor : Food policy and public health (1) ; Federalism and international relations (1) ;

RHD Student Achievements

  • Ben Lohmeyer
    Winner, Flinders University 3MT Competition - August 2014

Publications

  • Star, C. (2014). The Australian Environment Movement: Between Conflict and Cooperation. In T Doyle & S MacGregor, ed. Environmental Movements Around the World: Shades of Green in Politics and Culture. Santa Barbara, USA: Praeger, pp. 287-302.
  • Hall, N.L. and Star, C. (2007). Climate change messages and strategies by Australian NGOs. In Ensor, Jason and Polak, Iva and Van Der Merwe, Peter, ed. New talents 21C : other contact zones. Perth, WA: Network Books, pp. 137-148.
    [Web Link]
  • McDonald, J., Star, C. and Margetts, F. (2012). Identifying, building and sustaining leadership capacity for communities of practice in higher education. Canberra, ACT: Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education.
  • Star, C. (2013). Angry Young Women and the Angry Summer: the climate movement and female climate change activists. Australian Political Studies Association Annual Conference. Murdoch University, Perth, WA. Sep 2013.
  • MacIntosh, L. and Star, C. (2012). How the Financial Crisis Changed Climate Change Policy. In International Political Science Association World Congress of Political Science Abstracts. Montreal, Canada: International Political Science Association. 22nd IPSA World Congress of Political Science. Madrid, Spain. Jul 2012.
    [Web Link]
  • MacIntosh, L. and Star, C. (2012). New values, new tools and new actions. International Studies Association conference. San Diego, USA.
    [Web Link]
  • Nagy, J., Star, C., Burch, A., Cox, M. and McDonald, J. (2012). Leading that transcends boundaries - communities of practice in Australian Higher Education. Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education 32nd annual conference. Montreal, Canada.
    [Web Link]
  • Star, C., Nagy, J., Burch, A., McDonald, J. and Cox, M. (2011). The exercise of leadership in communities of practice: The Australian experience. In Positive Futures for higher education; connections, communities and criticality. Society for Research into Higher Education. Society for Research into Higher Education. Cardiff, Wales. Dec 2011.
  • MacIntosh, L. and Star, C. (2011). The eco-political theory of postmaterialism in times of financial crisis and recession. In 6th International Conference in Interpretive Policy Analysis 2011:Discursive spaces, politics, practices and power. 6th International Conference in Interpretive Policy Analysis 2011: Discursive spaces, politics, practices and power. Cardiff, UK. Jun 2011.
    [Web Link]
  • Star, C., Nagy, J., Burch, T., Cox, M. and McDonald, J. (2011). Investigating the leadership needs in communities of practice: an audience driven empirical journey. In HERDSA: Higher Education on the Edge. HERDSA. HERDSA 2011: Higher Education on the Edge.
    [Web Link]
  • Star, C. (2010). The Use of Teaching and Learning Communities of Practice in Australian Higher Education. In 'Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge?' Exploring Meaning, Identities and Transformation in Higher Education. Society for Research in Higher Education. Society for Research in Higher Education: 'Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge?'; Exploring Meaning, Identities and Transformation in Higher Education. Cardiff, United Kingdom. Dec 2010.
    [Web Link]
  • Hall, N.L. and Star, C. (2007). Getting the message: audience resonance with Australian climate change campaigns. In Belinda Clements, ed. Probing the boundaries of environmental justice and global citizenship. Oxford, UK: Inter-Disciplinary Press. Fifth Global Conference on Environmental Justice and Global Citizenship. Oxford, UK. Jul 2006, pp. 185-194.
    [Web Link]
  • Star, C. (2007). The mobilisation of norms for legitimacy in the global warming debate. In Belinda Clements, ed. Probing the boundaries: Environmental justice and global citizenship. Oxford, UK: Inter-Disciplinary Press. Environmental Justice and Global Citizenship Conference. Mansfield College, Oxford University. Jul 2006, pp. 275-283.
    [Web Link]
  • Hall, N.L. and Star, C. (2006). Getting the message: audience resonance with Australian climate change campaigns. In 5th Global Environmental Justice and Global Citizenship Conference. 5th Global Environmental Justice and Global Citizenship Conference. Oxford, UK. Jul 2006.
    [Web Link]
  • Whelan, J. and Star, C. (2012). Community climate action. Social Alternatives, 31(1) pp. 4-4.
    [Web Link]
  • Star, C. (2005). Editor. Ecopolitics XVI: transforming environmental governance for the 21st century. Hobart, TAS: Ecopolitics Association of Australasia.
    [Web Link]
  • Hammer, S., Norton, P. and Star, C. (2004). Cheating to cope in the hothouse, pp. 42-42.
  • Halupka, M. and Star, C. (2011). The utilisation of direct democracy and meritocracy in the decision-making process of the decentralised virtual community Anonymous. In Proceedings of the APSA 2011 Conference. Online: APSA. APSA Confererence 2011 - Crisis, Uncertainty and Democracy. Canberra, ACT. Sep 2011.
    [Web Link]
  • MacIntosh, L. and Star, C. (2009). The effect of the financial crisis and global recession on environmental policy and implementation. In Macquarie University/Australian Political Studies Association, ed. Australian Political Studies Association Annual Conference 2009. Sydney, NSW: Macquarie University/Australian Political Studies Association. Australian Political Studies Association Annual Conference 2009. Sydney, NSW. Sep 2009, pp. 1-16.
    [Web Link]
  • Star, C. (2009). Environmental policymaking under Howard: extinguishing the enemy within? In Australian Political Studies Association Annual Conference 2009. Sydney, NSW: Macquarie University/Australian Political Studies Association. Australian Political Studies Association Annual Conference 2009. Sydney, NSW. Sep 2009, pp. 1-11.
    [Web Link]
  • McDonald, J., Collins, P., Hingst, R.D., Kimmins, L., Lynch, B. and Star, C. (2008). Community learning: member's stories about their academic community of practice. In HERDSA 2008 International Conference: Engaging Communities. [Milperra, NSW]: [Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia, Inc]. HERDSA 2008 International Conference: Engaging Communities. Rotorua, New Zealand.
    [Web Link]
  • McDonald, J. and Star, C. (2008). The challenges of building an academic community of practice: an Australian case study. In HERDSA 2008 International Conference: Engaging Communities. Toowoomba, QLD: HIGHER EDUCATION RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT SOCIETY OF AUSTRALASIA. HERDSA 2008 International Conference: Engaging Communities. Rotorua, New Zealand. Jul 2008.
    [Web Link]
  • Star, C. (2008). Locating justice in a warming world: developing notions of climate justice in the UK and the USA. In Australasian Political Science Association 2008 Conference. [Brisbane, QLD]: [University of Queensland]. Australasian Political Science Association 2008 Conference. Brisbane, QLD. Jul 2008.
    [Web Link]
  • Star, C. (2007). Whither engagement? Challenges for community engagement within academia. In M. Albion, P. Collins, ed. 2007 International Women's Conference: Education, Employment and Everything... the Triple Layers of a Woman's Life. Toowoomba, QLD: USQ Women¿s Network Inc. 2007 International Women's Conference: Education, Employment and Everything... the Triple Layers of a Woman's Life. Toowoomba, QLD. Sep 2007.
    [Web Link]
  • McDonald, J. and Star, C. (2007). Making meaning of women's networks: a community of practice framework. In Majella J. Albion and Pauline Collins, ed. 2007 International Women's Conference: Education, Employment and Everything... the Triple Layers of a Woman's Life. Toowoomba, QLD: University of Southern Queensland. 2007 International Women's Conference: Education, Employment and Everything... the Triple Layers of a Woman's Life. Toowoomba, QLD. Jul 2009.
    [Web Link]
  • Star, C. (2007). Dancing together: environment, development, aid and faith organisations in climate politics in the United Kingdom. In Australasian Political Studies Association (APSA) Annual Conference 2007. Melbourne, VIC: Monash University. Australasian Political Studies Association (APSA) Annual Conference 2007. Melbourne, VIC. Sep 2007.
    [Web Link]
  • Star, C. (2006). The mobilisation of norms for legitimacy in the global warming debate. In 5th Global Environmental Justice and Global Citizenship Conference. Whitney, United Kingdom: Inter-Disciplinary Press. 5th Global Environmental Justice and Global Citizenship Conference. Oxford, UK. Jul 2006.
    [Web Link]
  • McDonald, J. and Star, C. (2006). Designing the future of learning through a community of practice of teachers of first year courses at an Australian university. In Robyn Philip, Angela Voerman, & James Dalziel, ed. The First International LAMS Conference: Designing the Future of Learning. Sydney, NSW: The LAMS Foundation, Macquarie University. The First International LAMS Conference: Designing the Future of Learning. Sydney, NSW. Dec 2006.
    [Web Link]
  • Star, C. (2005). Notions of ecological citizenship in climate justice campaigns. In Cassandra Star, ed. Ecopolitics XVI: Transforming Environmental Governance for the 21st Century. Brisbane, QLD: Ecopolitics Association of Australasia/Griffith University, Centre for Governance and Public Policy. Ecopolitics XVI: Transforming Environmental Governance for the 21st Century. Brisbane, QLD. Jul 2005, pp. 1-19.
    [Web Link]
  • Star, C. (2005). Ecological citizenship - a new landscape for human rights Debate? In Proceedings of The Australasian Political Studies Association Conference 2005. Canberra, ACT: The Australasian Political Studies Association. The Australasian Political Studies Association Conference 2005. Dunedin, New Zealand. Sep 2005.
    [Web Link]
  • Star, C. (2004). Engaged academics? Dilemmas for early career academics. In Education and Social Action Conference 2004. Education and Social Action Conference. Sydney, NSW. Dec 2004.
    [Web Link]
  • Star, C. (2004). Climate justice campaigns and environmental refugees. In Ros Taplin, Kristen Hebert, ed. Ecopolitics XV: Environmental Governance: Transforming Regions and Localities. Sydney, NSW: Macquarie University. Ecopolitics XV: Environmental Governance: Transforming Regions and Localities. Sydney, NSW. Nov 2004.
    [Web Link]
  • Hammer, S. and Star, C. (2004). Higher education for community and citizenship? In Education and Social Action Conference 2004. Education and Social Action Conference 2004. Sydney, NSW. Dec 2004.
    [Web Link]
  • Star, C. and McDonald, J. (2014). Learning and teaching professional development: An Australian community of practice case study. Learning Communities Journal, 6 pp. 109-126.
  • Regmi, B. and Star, C. (2014). Identifying operational mechanisms for mainstreaming community-based adaptation in Nepal. Climate and Development, 6(4) pp. 306-317.
  • Regmi, B., Star, C. and Leal Filho, W. (2014). Effectiveness of the Local Adaptation Plan of Action to support climate change adaptation in Nepal. Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change, pp. 1-18.
  • Star, C., Heath, M.A., Anderson, K.E., Hayes, A.C., Reynolds, L.C., Stephenson, H.R., et al. (2013). Good CoP or Bad CoP? What makes a Community of Practice successful; Learning from experience at Flinders University. ergo: The Journal of the Education Research Group of Adelaide, 3(1) pp. 23-28.
    [Web Link]
  • Star, C. (2012). A tale of two movements? Environmental Non-government Organisations and Community Action on Climate Change. Social Alternatives, 31(1) pp. 10-14.
    [Web Link]
  • McDonald, J., Nagy, J., Star, C., Burch, T., Cox, M. and Margetts, F. (2012). Identifying and Building the Leadership Capacity of Community of Practice Facilitators. Learning Communities Journal, 4 pp. 63-84.
    [Web Link]
  • Halupka, M. and Star, C. (2012). Maintaining sovereignty in Africa: The role of external forces in warlord states. The Australasian Review of African Studies, 33(2) pp. 74-97.
    [Web Link]
  • Green, W., Hammer, S. and Star, C. (2009). Facing up to the challenge: why is so hard to develop graduate attributes? Higher Education Research and Development (HERDSA) 28(1) pp. 17-29.
    [10.1080/07294360802444339] [10.1080/07294360802444339] [Scopus]
  • Star, C. and Hammer, S. (2008). Teaching generic skills: eroding the higher purpose of universities, or an opportunity for renewal? Oxford Review of Education, 34(2) pp. 237-251.
    [10.1080/03054980701672232] [10.1080/03054980701672232] [Scopus]
  • Star, C. and McDonald, J. (2007). Embedding successful pedagogical practices: assessment strategies for a large, diverse, first year student cohort. International Journal of Pedagogies and Learning, 3(2) pp. 18-30.
    [Web Link]
  • McDonald, J., Star, C. and Margetts, F. (2012). Identifying, building and sustaining leadership capacity for communities of practice in higher education. Canberra, ACT: Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education.
  • Star, C. (2014). The Australian Environment Movement: Between Conflict and Cooperation. In T Doyle & S MacGregor, ed. Environmental Movements Around the World: Shades of Green in Politics and Culture. Santa Barbara, USA: Praeger, pp. 287-302.
  • Hall, N.L. and Star, C. (2007). Climate change messages and strategies by Australian NGOs. In Ensor, Jason and Polak, Iva and Van Der Merwe, Peter, ed. New talents 21C : other contact zones. Perth, WA: Network Books, pp. 137-148.
    [Web Link]
  • Star, C. and McDonald, J. (2014). Learning and teaching professional development: An Australian community of practice case study. Learning Communities Journal, 6 pp. 109-126.
  • Regmi, B. and Star, C. (2014). Identifying operational mechanisms for mainstreaming community-based adaptation in Nepal. Climate and Development, 6(4) pp. 306-317.
  • Regmi, B., Star, C. and Leal Filho, W. (2014). Effectiveness of the Local Adaptation Plan of Action to support climate change adaptation in Nepal. Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change, pp. 1-18.
  • Star, C., Heath, M.A., Anderson, K.E., Hayes, A.C., Reynolds, L.C., Stephenson, H.R., et al. (2013). Good CoP or Bad CoP? What makes a Community of Practice successful; Learning from experience at Flinders University. ergo: The Journal of the Education Research Group of Adelaide, 3(1) pp. 23-28.
    [Web Link]
  • Star, C. (2012). A tale of two movements? Environmental Non-government Organisations and Community Action on Climate Change. Social Alternatives, 31(1) pp. 10-14.
    [Web Link]
  • McDonald, J., Nagy, J., Star, C., Burch, T., Cox, M. and Margetts, F. (2012). Identifying and Building the Leadership Capacity of Community of Practice Facilitators. Learning Communities Journal, 4 pp. 63-84.
    [Web Link]
  • Halupka, M. and Star, C. (2012). Maintaining sovereignty in Africa: The role of external forces in warlord states. The Australasian Review of African Studies, 33(2) pp. 74-97.
    [Web Link]

Professional and community engagement

  • Independent Chair, Executive Management Group, Outer South Innovative Community Action Network (ICAN)
  • Editorial Board - Journal for Environmental Studies and Sciences
  • Editorial Board - Journal of Teaching and Learning for Graduate Employability
  • Australian Political Studies Association
  • Ecopolitics Association of Australasia
  • Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia
  • CP2 - The Community of Practice about Communities of Practice
  • The Flinders College of Distinguished Educators
  • University of Southern Queensland Teaching Academy

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