Sarah Holdsworth is a lecturer within the School of Global Property Construction and Project Management at RMIT University.
Sarah’s current research focuses on notions of sustainability in relation to curriculum development, graduate attributes, professional education in the built environment, undergraduate assessment. Sarah‘s current research includes projects on the development of learning activities and materials to foster urgent skills for an environmentally constrained future, and devising drivers for the diffusion of sustainability studies in higher education programs.
Practices and discourses of sustainability
The role and function of higher education including learner-centred approaches
Higher education learning, teaching and curriculum
Diverse learners and learning environments
Sustainability education (pedagogy, L&T and curricula), capabilities and capacity building
The drivers and barriers for/to curriculum change
Organisational learning and cultural change processes help to /or are required to embed sustainability into the curriculum of a universities
Suitable change framework for sustainability education that can be applied by universities and professional organisations.
Research grants and projects
2010–2011 Development of sustainability education modules for the Australia Graduate Certificate in Professional Development, training packages and work place education, funded by Swinburne University.
2010 Project: 5 star Sustainability Tertiary Education, for Sustainability Victoria, to develop a rating system to assess sustainability in tertiary institutions, funded by Sustainability Victoria.
2005 Beyond leather Patches: project to work with the staff of two schools at RMIT to revise their teaching to include Education for Sustainability, funded by the Victorian Department of Sustainability and Environment.
Sarah’s professional roles have involved change projects in relation to tertiary learning and teaching, academic development in higher education, and theorisations of academic identity and subjectivity. Sarah received her doctoral degree in 2012; which evaluated the ability of academic development programs to provide educators with the capabilities to deliver sustainability education. A theoretical framework from the related literature was developed, and used to critically evaluate three international case studies of known best practice. On the basis of the analysis of local land international experiences and the case studies key features of academic development were identified to guide universities in curriculum change.
Sarah’s experience has provided her with an understanding of a wide range of environmental tools and their application in companies and other organizations, the community consultation process, and the workings of both the private and public sector in relation to environmental issues. Her interests lie in the development of long term strategies based on substantial changes to social and technological paradigms to develop pathways towards sustainability. Sarah's main research focus is the identification of key mechanisms required to turn sustainability innovations into embedded practice in a university context.
MEnv Sci Monash, PhD RMIT
BEd(Sec) Environmental Science Melb
Nominated for RMIT L&T award 2003, 2004, 2011
- Wong, P.,Holdsworth, S.,Crameri, L.,Lindsay, A. (2019). Does carbon accounting have an impact on decision-making in building design? In: International Journal of Construction Management, , 1 - 14
- Moore, T.,Holdsworth, S. (2019). The Built Environment and Energy Efficiency in Australia: Current State of Play and Where to Next In: Energy Performance in the Australian Built Environment, Springer, Singapore
- Wong, S.,Whelan, B.,Holdsworth, S. (2019). Are contractors ready for greater use of prefabrication in projects? An empirical analysis on the role of unlearning and counter-knowledge In: International Journal of Construction Management, , 1 - 17
- Holdsworth, S.,Thomas, I.,Sandri, O.,Wong, P.,Chester, A.,McLaughlin, P. (2018). The Need for the Graduate Attribute Assessment Tool (GAAT) In: Sustainable Development Research in the Asia-Pacific Region: Education , Cities, Infrastructure and Buildings, Springer Nature, Cham, Switzerland
- Scott-Young, C.,Turner, M.,Holdsworth, S. (2018). Fit for work? Comparative mental health of built environment undergraduates In: Proceedings of the 34th Annual ARCOM Conference 2018, Belfast, Northern Ireland, 3-5 September 2018
- Holdsworth, S.,Kenny, D.,Cooke, J.,Matfin, S. (2018). Are we living with our heads in the clouds? Perceptions of Liveability in the Melbourne High-Rise Apartment Market In: Energy Performance in the Australian Built Environment, Springer, Singapore
- Turner, M.,Holdsworth, S.,Scott-Young, C. (2018). Developing the resilient project professional: examining the student experience In: International Journal of Managing Projects in Business, , 1 - 14
- Qi, L.,Wong, S.,Holdsworth, S. (2018). Toward understanding the adoption of innovation in construction - a systematic review In: Proceedings of the Joint 11th International Cost Engineering Council (ICEC) World Congress & the 22nd Annual Pacific Association of Quantity Surveyors (PAQS) Conference, Sydney, Australia, 18-20 November 2018
- Holdsworth, S.,Thomas, I.,Sandri, O. (2018). Assessing graduate sustainability attributes post-degree: Value of a vignette/scenario approach In: Journal of Education for Sustainable Development, 12, 120 - 139
- Holdsworth, S.,Thomas, I.,Wong, P.,Sandri, O.,Boulet, M.,Chester, A.,McLaughlin, T. (2018). Graduate attribute for minimising environmental harm � Assessing effectiveness in the graduates� workplaces In: Journal of Cleaner Production, 211, 396 - 407
- Evidence-based recommendations for policy change to support public safety and community welfare. Funded by: Energy Pipelines CRC from (2017 to 2019)
- Producing sustainability professionals: Assessing graduate attributes in sustainability. Funded by: Office for Learning and Teaching Grant 2015 from (2015 to 2017)
- Graduate capabilities to contribute to a more sustainable future - An emerging field of research in education for sustainability. Funded by: Australian Technology Network of Universities (ATN) German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Grant pre-2014 from (2012 to 2013)
1 PhD Current Supervisions