Thilinika Wijesinghe is a primary and secondary school teacher, and current Ph.D candidate. Thili is an active member of the Sustainability, Environment and the Arts in Education Research Cluster at Southern Cross University and is also the promotions coordinator. Thili’s Ph.D study explores how children and young people may be able to express their worldviews on climate change through a relatively new method called speculative drama. Thili is a Research Assistant on the Climate Change and Me 2.0 app design research project, and was a part of a Horizon project exploring how nature play supports the learning of scientific concepts in early childhood. Thili’s interest in the environment and sustainability grew at a very young age living in a village in Sri Lanka and enjoying a rich relationship with/as nature. Thili has been a drama teacher for over ten years and now works towards drawing a connection between the environment and drama to provide platforms for children and young people to express their views. To contact Thili, email email@example.com
Thili was appointed as the Gold Coast Mayor’s Student Ambassador 2021. Thili is also a Drama tutor in the Faculty of Education and is involved in several research projects to keep herself busy. Thili was fortunate to present thrice at the SCPA Conference, PRAXIS in 2019/ 2020 and 2021 her research publications and posters.