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Academic biography


Rowan Oberman is Assistant Professor in the School of Stem Education Innovation and Global Studies and Co-Director of the Centre for Human Rights and Citizenship Education. Her areas of research interest include climate change education, children’s rights and picturebooks. Her doctoral study focusses on the use of picturebooks in inquiry-based approaches to climate change education. She has developed numerous educational resources including Creating Futures, an online resource providing innovative climate change lessons for senior primary classrooms. She is a qualified Barrister with particular expertise in human rights and family law. She lectures on DCU’s BECE and BEd programmes as well as the DCU MEd in Literacy Professional Practice and MSc in Climate Change.


Research interests

Rowan's research areas of interest include: picturebooks, climate change education and children's rights. Her research experience includes: research with children, student teachers, teachers, teacher educators and vulnerable groups. She has lead on several research projects including:  research exploring young children's engagement with issues of global justice and research in climate change education.  Her experience includes qualitative and mixed methods studies, systematic literature reviews and design-based studies.  Her research has used a variety of methods including concepts maps, visual methodologies and children's research advisory groups.