My research focuses on leadership in science education, enhancing employability skills in science students and design-oriented education. 

For a complete overview of my research activities, visit my Monash University site

Current PhD students


Camilla Fisher with a thesis on Gendered experiences of undergraduate science students at Australian universities, co-supervised with Chris Thompson

Ricardo Dutra Gonçalves with a thesis on Behavior, mindset and culture change in the context of an embodied-learning, learning-through-making, and future-making oriented approach co-supervised with Cameron Rose

Cath Dickson with a thesis on Impact of climate change on a sub-Antarctic keystone species Azorella macquariensis
), co-supervised by Melodie McGeoch and Dana Bergstrom. 

Sonali Ojha with a thesis on Distilling a pattern language for educators and youth workers to lead embodied learning environments, co-supervised with Lisa Grocott


Sonali with her supervisory team

Sonali with her supervisory team

cath delivers her mid-candidature report

cath delivers her mid-candidature report


PhD student position available

An opportunity is available for a PhD student to join my research group. I'm seeking a creative and motivated students who wishes to carry out original research on undergraduate science education and developing 21st Century capabilities.  For further information about a PhD at Monash University see here


Past Group Members

Laura Wilson, BSC(Hons) Student


Laura completed her honours in 2016, after completing a major in biology. Her project was co-supervised by Dr Susie Ho and resulted in the following paper: Wilson, L, Ho, S. & Brookes, R.H. ‘Student perceptions of teamwork within assessment tasks in undergraduate science degrees,’ Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education 


Dr Zara Hicks, Research Assistant

Zara supported projects on 'developing team work skills in undergraduate science students'.  She is now exploring some cool science education projects involving planes and science outreach.

While she worked with us, she contributed to the following work: Brookes, R.H. (2017) ‘Developing Teamwork Skills in Undergraduate Science Students: The Academic Perspective and Practice’, Proceedings of ACSME




Dr Marianne Hicks, Senior Research Assistant

Dr Hicks was a senior research assistant in our group during 2014.  She investigated the use of a narrative based approach for conveying scientific concepts in an online platform. Marianne has a PhD in history from Monash University and has extensive experience as an education designer. She has now gone on to inspiring young minds as a high school history teacher.

Marianne published the following pieces while she worked with me:

More than an overseas experience: rethinking global citizenship teaching 

Hicks, M., Tham, M & Brookes R.H 'Exploring the function of online narratives to develop critical thinking and localisation of knowledge in an international science program'. British Journal of Educational Technology


Melissa Tham

Melissa Tham worked with us as a research assistant supporting several research projects. Melissa gained her honours degree in Education at Monash University.  She's now working on her PhD at Monash University in the Faculty of Education.

Melissa contributed to the following research: 

Ho, S.S., Wong, B., Tham., M & Brookes, R.H. 'Science undergraduates are motivated to undertake leadership training to enhance employablity and impact'International Journal of Innovation in Science and Maths Education, 24 (3), 71-83