Meet The Executive Committee


Canterbury University, Christchurch, New Zealand

Jayne White

President & Editor-in-Chief of VJEP

E. Jayne White is Professor at University of Canterbury, New Zealand and II Professor at Western Norway University. As President of AVP, Editor-in-Chief of the Video Journal of Education and Pedagogy and Editor of Brill’s new book series, Jayne’s life-long interest is in the infinite promise of video in education in revisioning pedagogies. Jayne’s research focuses on the complex creative processes and practices of meaning-making, with a strong emphasis on dialogic pedagogy and the work of the eye/I as a methodological imperative. Her lingering interest in the relationship between representation in art and life orients her scholarship accordingly.

Jayne looks forward to working with members for the Association of Visual Pedagogies to explore new forms of knowledge production – revisioning pedagogies and philosophies of the moving image.


Western Norway University, Norway

Elin Eriksen Ødegaard

Vice President

Elin Eriksen Ødegaard is Professor and Director of KINDKNOW – Kindergarten Knowledge Centre for Systemic Research on Diversity and Sustainable Futures at Western Norway University of Applied Science. She is also visiting professor at University of Tromsø – The Arctic University of Norway. She has received research grants from Research Council Norway and was President at OMEP Norway.

She has published extensively on children’s cultural formation (Bildung), narrative and dialogical meaning making and about discursive conditions for institutional practice. Her research interest embraces cultural historical ideas, global and local perspectives, teachers’ pedagogies and changing practices. She often uses narrative and visual methodology in her research and has co-produced several mini- documentaries and digital stories for a history project published on the webpage ‘Barnehagepionerer’ [Kindergarten pioneers].


TeRito Maioha, New Zealand

Bridgette Redder

Secretary, Membership & Visual Pedagogies in Action (VPIA)

Bridgette Redder is a senior lecturer at Te Rito Maioha ECNZ based in Rotorua, Aotearoa New Zealand. As a scholar, Bridgette’s research includes a focus on pedagogy as an act of moral answerability. Her deep interest in the visual extends this focus to encompass visual morality and integrity. In her role as AVP secretary, Bridgette welcomes your interest in the association and your involvement as a member.


University of Auckland, New Zealand

Sean Sturm

Treasurer & Co-Editor of the Brill Book Series

Sean Sturm is Deputy Director of the Centre for Learning and Research in Higher Education (CLeaR) at the University of Auckland. He researches the university as a place of possibilities, taking in several fields of higher education research: the philosophy of education, writing studies and settler studies.


PhD Graduate, University of Waikato & BestStart Education, New Zealand

Rene Novak

Editorial Manager, Website development and Virtual Reality

His completed PhD thesis focused on developing new methodologies to study the importance of play involving modern digital technology, namely Virtual Reality, as a tool and a method. Dr. Rene Novak had a strong interest in education for most of his life and has engaged himself in all of its diverse sectors with a strong passion for early childhood pedagogy and technology education.

Through his Educational journey he gained teaching qualifications in all sectors, a degree in Pedagogy, a degree in Science, and he completed a Master of Education with the University of Waikato theorising the openness of the NZ ECE curriculum. For the last ten years he has been working for BestStart Educare and is currently supporting the Suthern region of Aotearoa as the Regional Professional Practice Leader.


PhD Candidate, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia

Courtney White

General Members Representative, Communications Portfolio Co-Lead, Podcasting, Social Media

Courtney White is a PhD student in Media and Communications at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia. Her research interests lie in effective animal rights activism and media engagement with vegan praxis and documentary filmmaking for change. Courtney has worked in a range of media and communications-based roles, specialising in copywriting, social media management, media engagement and PR, and podcast hosting. She has written for a number of publications and websites, including Health Times and New Zealand Vegan Magazine.


PhD Candidate, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia

Fiona Westbrook

Newsletter Portfolio

Fiona Westbrook is a PhD student in Early Childhood Education at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia. Her research is placed within social media networks where she explores early years teachers’ engagement with political dialogue. She has reconceptualised Bakhtinian tools to analyse multi-modal dialogues such as emojis, GIFs, and memes. Doing so enables her to account for the now common, visually situated responses within the online world.

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Associate Professor, The University of Auckland, New Zealand

Andrew Gibbons

Sponsership Portfolio

Associate Professor Andrew Gibbons is an early childhood teacher, teacher educator and Associate Professor at the School of Education. He has worked in journalism, in the social services in England and in early childhood education in Auckland. Andrew works on the Bachelor of Education, Bachelor of Arts, Master of Education, and Doctor of Philosophy programmes at the School of Education. He is an executive committee member of the Association of Visual Pedagogies, member of the Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia, and co-leader of the Editors’ Collective.


Associate Professor, The University of Auckland, New Zealand

Andrew Denton

Sponsership Portfolio

His research interests are located within a creative practice that engages with climate change, through cinematic and aural affective devices, video, photographic media, and data visualisation tools. This research is augmented by media works that experiment with technology and performance – specifically dance integrated with live digital cinema and motion capture and VR and MR technologies. His teaching-research nexus investigates the positive impacts of technology, and effective future pedagogies that recognise the circumstances our teachers and students encounter and will encounter in our rapidly changing world.


Faculty of Education, University of Auckland

Kirsten Locke

Ethics Portfolio Co-Lead

Kirsten is Associate Dean Teaching & Learning in Faculty of Education & Social Work at the University of Auckland and lectures in philosophy of education and sociology of education. Her academic research is informed by fifteen years of teaching experience in primary, secondary, and tertiary education in New Zealand and overseas.

Kirsten’s research brings poststructuralist and feminist theories and methodologies to bear on a range of intersecting and overlapping interests in education that encompass architecture, gender, policy and practice, art, and music.

Through the approaches of discourse analysis, genealogy, metaphor and narrative, and intersectionality, Kirsten’s overall project is to contribute to the renewal of the field of education studies in ways that highlight and promote the transformative power of education.


University of Applied Sciences, Zagreb (TVZ), Croatia

Petar Jandrić

Institutional Representative

Petar Jandrić is an educator, researcher and activist. He has written three books, dozens of scholarly articles and chapters, and numerous journalistic articles. Petar’s works have been published in Croatian, English, Serbian, Spanish and Ukrainian. He regularly participates in national and international educational projects and policy initiatives.

Petar’s background is in physics, education and information science, and his research interests are situated at the post-disciplinary intersections between technologies, pedagogies and the wider society. Petar has worked at Croatian Academic and Research Network, the University of Edinburgh, Glasgow School of Art, and the University of East London. He is editor-in chief of Postdigital Science and Education.

At present, he works as professor and director of BSc (Informatics) programme at the Zagreb University of Applied Sciences, and visiting associate professor at the University of Zagreb.


Wilf Malcolm Institute of Educational Research, Waikato University, New Zealand

Maurice M. W. Cheng

Institutional Representitive

His research focuses are teaching and learning of science; drawing and diagrams for science learning; socioscientific issues; conceptual change; visual and verbal representations.


Department of Learning and Philosophy at Aalborg University, Denmark

Birthe Lund

Institutional Representative

Birthe Lund, Ph.d. Associate Professor, Department of Learning and Philosophy at Aalborg University, Denmark. Her main research interest is design and evaluation of creative and innovative learning processes in education, as well as philosophy of education. She has been studying and teaching creativity and innovation for more than twenty years within higher education, besides being engaged in the development of new education programmes at masters level. She is actively engaged in international collaborations and publishing as an editor. Among other initiatives, she has participated in the strategic research body for a multi-year interdisciplinary project concerning collective, user-driven innovation in the public sector.


Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia (PESA)

Tina Besley

Founding & Immediate Past President

Tina Besley is foundation President of AVP. She is Distinguished Professor at Beijing Normal University. Tina has a strong international focus. Until 2018 she was Professor, Associate Dean International and Director of Centre for Global Studies in Education at University of Waikato. Prior to this she was Research Professor at University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, California State University San Bernardino and University of Glasgow.

Tina has wide research interests including: the philosophy of education, school counselling, educational politics and policy, research assessment in higher education, subjectivity, youth studies, interculturalism and global knowledge economy and cultures. Her recent work now examines contemporary global issues such as truth-telling, fake news, immigration, environmental issues and social justice.

We are keen to add General Members, so please join our great international, interdisciplinary collegial association if you are interested in advancing ideas in visual pedagogies. The membership page has information and a form for you to join. A copy of AVP rules can be obtained from our Secretary – Bridgette Redder – upon request”.

Institutional Members