Ms Genevieve

Ms Genevieve Blades


College of Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce


Department of Outdoor and Env. Education

Ironbark Centre : 2.09, Bendigo


Bachelor of Human Movement Studies (Education) Hons. University of Queensland; Master of Arts (Social Ecology) University of Western Sydney



Membership of professional associations

Victorian Outdoor Education Association

Area of study

Outdoor education

Brief profile

I joined the staff in the Department of Outdoor and Environmental Education in 2004. Prior to this, I taught extensively in Queensland, teaching outdoor education in Primary and Secondary schools as well as in the State Education Department's Outdoor Education Centre. Over that time I was involved with the advocacy and development of the outdoor education profession and helped write a curriculum guide for Outdoor Education in schools for the Department of Education in Queensland.  

My postgraduate studies in Social Ecology enabled me to examine more extensively, human relationships with the enviroment, and the educational relevance. Drawing upon concepts from disciplines of environmental philosohpy and cultural studies, this informs my teaching and ongoing research interests. 

My passions in the outdoors have included bushwalking, canoeing and rocklimbing. In more recent years, I am interested in the spiritual essence of being outdoors.  

My community involvement includes being a member of the Board of Governance for the Daylesford Dharma School as well as involvement in local sustainability groups.

Research interests

Environmental Philosophy

- Ecological responsive pedagogy; Indigenous perspectives; educating for place responsiveness

Teaching units

OED1WE Worldviews and the Environment

OED2BE Bush Environments

OED3ES Education for Sustainability

OED3FED Field Experience D: supervision of 3rd years outdoor teaching component with schools



Recent publications

Blades, G. (2014). Walking the ground: (Re)Storying footprints. In Robinson, M., Heath, G. and Lawrence, R. (Eds.) Experiencing the Outdoors: Enhancing strategies for well-being. Rotterdam: Sense Publishers, Chapter 2.

Blades, G. and Bester, L. (2013).  Relationships within the shattered rainbow: A search for a pedagogy of attunement. Australian Journal of Outdoor Education. 17(1), 4-16

Blades, G. (2005) "If you don't mind going places without a map, follow me:" Re-stor(y)ing of self, place and educator. Australian Journal of Outdoor Education. Vol. 9 (2), pp. 3 - 13.

Blades, G. (2004) Charting the margins of Experience through the lens of a 'vulnerable observer'. Paper presented at the International Outdoor Education Research Conference, Connections and Disconnections, La Trobe University, Bendigo July 6 - 9.

Research projects

I am currently doing a Doctoral dissertation (part time) on walking, that explores the relationship between self, body and place in order to reveal what emerges from these encounters and what we can learn from them.