Professor Margaret E

Professor Margaret E Robertson


Professor of Education

College of Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce


Department of Education

Melbourne (Bundoora)


PhD, M.Ed, BA, Dip Ed,



Membership of professional associations

Fellow, The Australian College of Educators; Member, American Educational Research Association; Member, Institute of Australian Geographers

Area of study

Educational Studies

Brief profile

As Professor in Education  in the Faculty of Education at La Trobe University my role brings me into contact with students and educational contexts throughout the Australian state of Victoria, and from many international locations.  Academic and curriculum responsibilities include supervision and teaching of post-graduate research students (including large numbers of international students),  and contributions to post-graduate and pre-service programs related to geographical education, pedagogical  and curriculum issues.

My research interests include geographical and environmental education and associated visual-spatial literacies; uses of digital technologies as pedagogical tools and innovative developments in learning cognition and social media. Mobile technologies, geospatial technologies and social connectivity are current interests. A particular focus is on 'student voice' and young people's views and visions of their future lifestyles. Cross-cultural comparisons in young people's thinking and learning engagement processes is a current research interest.

Teaching units

Research Methods

Pedagogical Principles


Pedagogy and learning; Student voice; Curriculum Innovation; Geospatial literacies

Recent publications

Selected Keynotes and presentations

Robertson, M. (2017) Sustainability and Geography Education: A Matter of Perspective? Deutscher Kongress für Geographie 2017, Universität Tübingen, October 2017.

Robertson, M. (2016) Different realities different lived lives: Geography matters more and more. Invited keynote at the IGU-Geographical Education Commission and SEAGA international conference, Singapore, August 2016.

Robertson, M. (2016) The pop-up reality for youth on the urban fringe: Their spaces, their times and their futures. Invited keynote, Urban Big Data Centre, University of Glasgow, May 2016.

Robertson, M. (2016) Growing up on the peri-urban fringe: Narratives of an emerging urban ecology. Invited keynote Department of Humanities and Social Science, University of Stockholm, April 2016.

Robertson, M. (2014) Young people, optimism and nature: a fragile balance for education. The Centre for Commonwealth Education; The University of Cambridge, Faculty of Education. Seminar, Cambridge 19 May.

Robertson, M. (2012) Through the eyes of young observers – Geographers imagine, image and create futures. Invited keynote for Queensland Geography Teachers' Association state conference, Brisbane 28 July . 

Robertson, M. (2012) Young people, their views, their visions: Cross cultural perspectives offer new wisdom. Invited keynote for International Conference: Innovative Research in a Changing and Challenging World, 16-18 May, Phuket. AND Hong Kong Institute of Education, Hong Kong 9-11 May.

Robertson, M. (2010) Invited keynote for IGU_CGE conference (Istanbul) July 8 -12). Young people’s wisdom thwarts global confusion.


Robertson, M. (2016) (Ed.) Communicating, Networking, Interacting. Springer Briefs: IYGU. Switzerland: Springer International Publishing.

Robertson, M. & Tsang, E. (2016) (Eds.) Everyday Knowledge, Education and Sustainable Futures: Transdisciplinary Approaches in the Asia/Pacific Region. Dordtrecht: Springer

Robertson, M., Lawrence, R. & Heath, G. (2015) (Eds.) Experiencing the Outdoors: Enhancing Strategies for Wellbeing. Rotterdam: Sense Publishing. ISBN 987-94-6209-942-5.

Robertson, M. & Tani, S. (2013) Young People, Their Views, Their Futures. Camberwell: ACER Press. ISBN 9781742860305. 

Robertson, M. (2012) (invited Ed.) Schooling and Learning for Sustainable Development: An Asia-Pacific regional focus. Dordrecht: Springer.

Robertson, M.E. & Gerber, R. (2008) (Eds.) Children’s Lifeworlds: Locating Indigenous Voices. New York: Nova Scientific.

Robertson, M.  (2008) (Ed.) Geographical Perspectives on Sustainable Development: Networking Local Area Partnerships with Teachers and Young Scientists – a case study approach. Camberwell: ACER Press. 238 pages. ISBN 9780 864314383.

Robertson, M., Fluck, A. & Webb, I. (2007) Seven Steps to Success with ICTs: Whole school approaches to sustainable change. Camberwell: ACER Press. Reviewed by L. Twichett, in Synergy, 5(2), 67-68 (2007); Teacher, August 2007, Camberwell: ACER, pp. 40-46. ISBN 9780864315175

Book Chapters

Montouro, P. & Robertson, M. (2018) The emerging hegemony of cybernetic type n realities: The non-place of Generation Z. In T. Felgenhauer, K. Gäbler (Eds.) Geographies of Digital Culture. Routledge. ISBN: 9781138236226

Robertson, M. (2017) E-learning challenging ‘old’ pedagogy. In R.Maclean (Ed.) International Handbook on Life in Schools and Classrooms:  Past, present and future visions. Dordrecht: Springer, pp. 591-604. ISBN 978-981-10-3652-1

Robertson, M., Morgan, J. & Kriewaldt, J. (2016) Do we need to understand ‘progress’ before we can develop learning progressions?. In O. Muñiz Solari et al. (Eds.), Learning Progressions in Geography Education, International Perspectives on Geographical Education. Switzerland: Springer International Publishing, pp. 1-19.

Robertson, M. (2016) Doctoral research supervision: interpretive, developmental, transformative, and culturally adaptive. In L. & P. Ling (Eds.), Methods and Paradigms in Education Research. IGI Global, Open Access, pp. 53-66.

Abbott-Chapman, J. & Robertson, M. (2015) Youth leisure, places, spaces and identity. In S. Elkington & S. Gammon (Eds.) Landscapes of Leisure. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 123-135. 

Robertson, M. Curry, G., Thanawood, C. & Cororan, J. (2012) Landscapes in transition: a focus on the Asia and Pacific Region. In Sustainable Development: New Research. New York: Nova Science Publishers, Inc. E-Book, Chapter 4 online at

Robertson, M. (2010) Expectations and ‘deliverables’- not always a happy match. In F. Waugh & L. Napier (Eds.) Internationalising Learning and Teaching in Academic Settings. Faculty of Education and Social Work, university of Sydney: Sydney. pp. 133-148. ISBN: 978-1-74210-196-5

Robertson, M. & Lee, J. (2009) From School-based Curriculum to Whole-school Approaches to School Development. In J.Lee & M.Williams (Eds.) Schooling for Sustainable Development In China: Experience With Younger Children. Dordrecht: Springer.

Abbott-Chapman, J, & Robertson, M. (2009.) Leisure activities, place and identity.  In A. Furlong (Ed) Handbook of Youth and Young Adulthood. London: Routledge.

Robertson, M. (2008) Australian education at a crossroads: Educating for the new imperialism. In B.Neville & V. D'Cruz (Eds.) As Others See Us: Postcolonial Perspectives on Australian Culture   Melbourne: Australian Scholarly Publishing, pp. 113-122. ISBN 987 1 74097 176 8.

Journal Articles

Robertson, M. & Burston, M. (2015) Adolescents, new urban spaces and understanding spatial isolation: can geography educators lead educational reforms? International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education, DOI: 10.1080/10482046.2015.1096104

Yamani, H., Robertson, M. & Skabar, A. (2013) Educational digital games: Opportunity for successful Mathematics learning in Saudi Arabian primary schools. Journal of Science and Mathematics Education in Southeast Asia, 36(2), 121-145.

Robertson, M. & Al-Zahrani, A.M. (2012) Self-efficacy and ICT integration into initial teacher education in Saudi Arabia: Matching policy with practice. Australasian Journal of Educational Technology 28(7), 1136-1151.

Robertson, M. (2012) Jobs, spatial information and digital mobility. Curriculum Perspectives, 32(3), 73-75.

Dang, T. T., & Robertson, M. (2010) Impacts of Learning Management System on Learner Autonomy in EFL Learning. International Education Studies, 3(3), 3-11

Dang T. T. & Robertson, M. (2010) E-behaviours and e-community formation:an investigation on Vietnamese EFL students. Asian EFL Journal: Professional Teaching Articles, 46(4-17&

Robertson, M. (2010) Help teachers first! Try our simple strategy, Education Technology. 39, November.

Robertson, M. (2009) Young ‘Netizens’ Creating Public Citizenship in Cyberspace. International Journal for Research in Geographical and Environmental Education. 18(4), 287-293.

Abbott-Chapman, J. & Robertson, M. (2009) Adolescents’ favourite places: Re-defining the Boundaries between Public and Private Space. Space and Culture. 12(4), 49-434.

Robertson, M. (2009) Geography breathes again! Can pragmatism energise the discipline? Geographical Education. 21, 15-19.

Robertson, M. (2008) The Endless City. Book review in Teacher, June/July, p. 62.

Robertson, M. (2007) School governance and pedagogical reform - a matter of trust. International Journal of Learning. 13(12),111-120.  

Robertson, M., Grady, N., Fluck, A., & Webb, I. (2006) Conversations towards becoming an ICT school. Journal of Educational Administration. 44(1),617-633.

Robertson, M. & Doyle, D. (2006) Geographical Education in Tasmania: A Fragile Future? International Journal for Research in Geographical and Environmental Education, 15(2),182-184.

Webb, I., Robertson, M & Fluck, A. (2005) ICT and professional learning: Towards communities of practice. Journal of Inservice Education, 31(4), 617-634.

Robertson, M., Fluck, A., Webb. I. & Loechel, B. (2004) Classroom computer climate, teacher reflections and 're-envisioning' pedagogy in Australian schools, Australian Journal of Educational Technology, 20(3),351-370.

Robertson, M. & Fluck A. (2004) Capacity Building in Geographical Education: Strategic Use of Online Technologies. Geography, 89(3), 269-273.

Robertson, M. & Fluck A. (2004) Online learning and authentic teaching. Directions in Education, 13(5),3.

Conference Publications (Refereed)

Robertson, M. (2011) Online learning creating geographies of freedom: a call for rethinking adult guidance. in C.P Whewell; C.Brooks; G. Butt, & A. Thurston (Eds.) Edited conference proceedings of the International Geographical Union Congress on Geographical Education, London, April 18-20th 2011, pp. 169-176.

Textbook contributions to Geography for the Australian Curriculum Series published by Cambridge University Press (2014, Melbourne). See Year 7, ISBN 987-1-107-69012-7, and Year 8, ISBN 978-1-107-64717-6; and Humanities and Social Sciences (Ibid, 2014, M. McInerney, Compiling Editor). See  ISBN 978-1-107-43511.

Research projects

Member, Steering Commttee, International Year of Global Understanding (2011-). See

Youth in new urban spaces - their views and visions in peri-urban Melbourne (2013 ongoing).