Kerry Renwick

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Associate Professor

Curriculum Areas

  • Home Economics
  • Health Education
  • Technology Studies
  • Teacher Education


Victoria University, 2008, Doctor of Philosophy
Monash University, 2005, Masters of Organisational Leadership
Monash University, 1993, Masters of Educational Studies


Dr Kerry Renwick has teaching experience in Australian secondary schools in the government, catholic and independent systems in the State of Victoria, Australia; in vocational education and training; and higher education. Kerry also has experience working in public health nutrition with Statewide responsibility for nutrition education in P-12 schools. Within her role at Victoria University, Kerry successfully introduced Home Economics as a secondary specialisation for pre-service teachers. She has undertaken leadership in teacher professional associations including roles President, Treasurer and Editor of journals. Kerry is an associate editor for the International Journal of Home Economics and the Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences, and holds the position of Vice President, Pacific Region, for the International Federation of Home Economics (IFHE) 2018 – 2020.

In addition to her research work around health literacy; food literacy; teacher education; and teachers’ professional practice Kerry is also an Associate Member of the Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm: .

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Invited Presentations

2019, ‘Food Literacy as a way to live in the world’. XV Symposium Home Economics, UBC, Vancouver, BC, February. Paper.

2019, ‘Charting the food literacy terrain’ Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE), Brisbane, QLD Australia, December. Paper.

2018, ‘Unsettling the colonial curriculum in health education’. 6th World Curriculum Studies Conference – IAACS, Melbourne Australia (December 10 – 12). Paper.

2018, ‘In the Middle of What? Preparing pre-service teachers to teach in the middle years’. AARE Sydney, Australia (December 2 – 6). Paper.

2017, ‘Transitions from expert students to emerging teachers’, Australian Association for Research in Education, Canberra, ACT (November 26 – 30).  Paper.

2017, ‘The making of ignorance: undermining the value of home economics’. Canadian Symposium XIV, London, Ontario (February 24 – 26). Paper.

2016, ‘A tale of two literacies’. Australian Association for Research in Education, Melbourne, Vic Australia (November 28  – December 4).  Paper.

2016, ‘Educating Young People on Global Determinants of Health’. Paper presentation at the European Association for Research in Education, Dublin, Ireland. (August 23 – 26). Paper, co-presentation with Bruselius-Jensen, M., Aagaard-Hansen, J. & Danielsen, D.

2016, ‘Enhancing Your Teaching Through Graduate Studies’. THESA Annual Conference, Richmond, BC  (October 21). Paper, co-presentation with M.G. Smith.

2015, ‘Drawing from Funds of Knowledge’. Canadian Symposium XIII Proceedings: Issues and Directions in Home Economics / Human Ecology / Family Studies Education, Winnipeg, Manitoba, February 27-28 and March 1, Paper .

2013, ‘Run Fat Boy, Run’ and ‘Health literacy: the classroom as inner space’. Australian Association for Research in Education, Shaping Australian Education Research, Adelaide SA, 1-5 December, Paper and Symposium.

2012, ‘Health Literacy for current and imagined lives’. Australian Association for Research in Education. Regional and Global Cooperation in educational research, Sydney, NSW November – December, Paper.

2012, ‘Health Promoting Schools a model of divergent discourses’. Qualitative Research Association, Embodying Good Research – What counts and Who decides?, Darwin NT, August, Paper.

2011, ‘Dangerous readings: health literacy critically’. Australian Association for Research in Education, Researching Across Boundaries, Tasmania, November – December, Paper.

2008, ‘Metacognition and adaptive expertise: building research capability through effective use of online technology’. NCVER No Frills Conference, University of Tasmania, July. Paper presented with Burrows, J.

2007, ‘The Health Promoting School – life in the metaphysical’. 19th IUPHE World Conference on Health Promotion and Health Education – Vancouver Canada, June. Paper.

2007, ‘Understanding worlds of thought and worlds of practice’. AVETRA Annual Conference, Victoria University Melbourne, April. Paper.

2004, ‘The Health Promoting School – life in the metaphysical’. Teaching and Research Conference – Teaching and Research Partnerships in Health and Education, Victoria University, November. Paper.

2004, Habits: derivations and conjugations. 18th IUPHE World Conference on Health Promotion and Health Education – Health2004, VicHealth, Melbourne, April. Paper.

2003, ‘Teachers reflecting and teacher reflections’. AVETRA Annual Conference, Sydney, April. Paper, co-presentation with Bernadette Stumpf.

2002, ‘Learning to learn online’. VISTA Annual Conference, Lorne, May and AVETRA Annual Conference, Adelaide, March. Paper.

1999, ‘Telling tales, hearing voices’. Australian Association of Research in Education, Biennial Conference, Melbourne, December. Paper.

1998, ‘Politics, Professional Development and Assessment: stories from the battlefront’. UMTC, Assessment in Vocational Education and Training, The University of Melbourne, September. Paper.

1997, ‘Have we got there yet?: a saga of Health Promoting Schools’. Australian Association of Research in Education, Biennial Conference, Brisbane, December. Paper.

1997, ‘Health Promoting Schools: the Right way?’ 3rd National Health Promoting Schools Conference, Canberra, November. Paper.

1997, ‘Food and Nutrition Education: education or health?’ Home Economics Association of Australia National Conference, Melbourne, March. Workshop.

1997, Health Promoting Schools. Health Education Association of Victoria, Statewide Conference, Melbourne, August. Workshop.


Selected Publications

Publication – Journal

Renwick, K. & Tong, J. (2021). Changing but not compromising home economics teacher education in context of COVID-19. International Journal of Home Economics, 96-106.

Renwick, K. Powell, L. & Edwards, G. (2021). “We are all in this together”: investigating alignments in intersectoral partnerships dedicated to K-12 food literacy education, Health Education Journal.  (supported by SSHRC IDG grant) .

Mazac, R., Renwick, K., Seed, B. A. and Black, J. (2021). An Approach for Integrating and Analyzing Sustainability in Food-Based Dietary Guidelines, Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems. 5:544072. .

Rawes, K. & Renwick, K. (2020). Transformative learning for university level students and advisors, Professional Development in Education,

Renwick, K., Selkrig, M., Manathunga, C. & Keamy, K. (2020). Community participation is…: Revisiting Boyer’s scholarship of engagement, Higher Education Research & Development, 39(6), 1232-1246.

Renwick, K. & Smith, M.G. (2020). The political action of food literacy: A scoping review, Journal of Family and Consumer Studies.112(1), 14-22. (SA)

Testa, D. & Renwick, K. (2020). Interprofessional training: A model that prepares undergraduate teachers and social workers for interprofessional practice in schools. Higher Education Studies, 10(3), 123-132. .

Renwick, K.  (2019). Home Economics: transformative practice, ecology and everyday life. International Journal of Home Economics, 12(2), 3-5.

Powell, L. and Renwick, K. (2019). “The world is our home”: Food literacy education and Vaines’ conceptualization of “ecology”. International Journal of Home Economics 12(2), 46-54.

Hall, S.S., Anderson, C.L., Koukel, S.D., Renwick, K. & Rogus, S. (2019). Scholarship in the Second Century of FCS: Exploring the Past, Forecasting the Future. Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences. 11(4), 7-13.

Lam, V., Romses, K., & Renwick, K. (2019). Exploring the Relationship between School Gardens, Food Literacy and Mental Well-Being in Youth Using Photovoice. Nutrients, 11(6), 1354.

Renwick, K. & Powell, L.J. (2019). Focusing on the Literacy in Food Literacy: practice, community and food sovereignty. Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences, 111(1). pp 24-30.

Renwick, K., Romes, K. and Lam, V. (2019). Youth connecting: Mental health and gardens, International Journal of Education Through Art, 15(3), pp. 387–406.

Alharbi, M. & Renwick, K. (2017). Saudi Arabian Home Economics curriculum: searching for deep learning. International Journal of Home Economics, 10(2), 109 – 120.

Renwick, K. (2017). Critical Literacy in 3D, Frontiers in Education, section: Public Health Education and Promotion. Front. Educ. 2(40), 1 – 5.

Renwick, K. (2017). Same Same but Different: curriculum representations of health education. Asia Pacific Journal of Health, Sport and Physical Education, 8(3), 1 – 16.

Renwick, K. (2017). Critical Literacy in 3D, Frontiers in Education, section: Public Health Education and Promotion. Front. Educ. 2(40), 1 – 5.

Bruselius-Jensen, M., Renwick, K. & AAgaard Nielsen, J. (2016). Cross-cultural school-based encounters as global health education, Health Education. 76(3), 349 – 361. DOI:10.1177/0017896916676209.

Renwick, K. (2016). Home Economics education in a time of schooling. Victorian Journal of Home Economics, 55(1), 2 – 6.

Renwick, K. (2015). Home economics as professional practice. International Journal of Home Economics, 8(2), 19 – 35.

Renwick, K. (2014). Critical health literacy: shifting textual-social practices in the health classroom, Asia-Pacific Journal of Health, Sport and Physical Education, 5:3, 201 – 216.

Corcoran, T. & Renwick, K. (2014) Editorial. Asia-Pacific Journal of Health, Sport and Physical Critical health literacies? Introduction, Asia-Pacific Journal of Health, Sport and Physical Education, 5(3), 197-199. 10.1080/18377122.2014.940807

Renwick, K. (2014). Understanding the Health Promoting School through bricolage. Qualitative Research Journal, 14(3), 318 – 332.

Renwick, K. (2013). Critical Reading in Health Literacy, International Journal of Literacies, 19(2), 99 – 107.

Renwick, K.  (2013). Food literacy as a form of critical pedagogy: Implications for curriculum development and pedagogical engagement for Australia’s diverse student population. Victorian Journal of Home Economics, 52(20), 6 – 17.


Publications – Books

Edwards, T. & Renwick, K. (2020). Young people, agency and the paradox of trust. In Steinberg, S. R., Down, B. and Nix-Stevenson, D. (eds.) SAGE Handbook of Critical Pedagogies, Sage Publications Inc. Chapter 111, pp. 1374 – 1385.

Renwick, K. (1994). Chapter 5 ‘Developing Personal Skills – nutrition’, Facing Up: gender stereotyping and young people, Curriculum Corporation, Melbourne.

Renwick, K. (ed) (1993). Food and Nutrition in the VCE. Victorian Food and Nutrition Program, Victorian Home Economics and Textile Teachers’ Association, Science Teachers’ Association, Commercial Teachers’ Association, Australian Studies Teachers’ Association, and Australian Council for Health and Physical Education and Recreation.

Renwick, K.  and Woods, J. (1990). Dietary Guidelines for Goodness Sake, Melbourne: Victorian Food and Nutrition Program.

Edwards, K. (1988). Peace Education, convener and writer of Personal Development section, published by the Catholic Education Office, Melbourne Diocese.

Edwards, K. and Steer, G. (1984). Focus on Human Development and Society, Melbourne: Macmillian.


Students Supervised



AlHarbi, Mashael (2021) The experience of Home Economics teachers in Saudi Arabian classrooms. (Ph.D.) University of British Columbia.

Hubner, Marilyn (2016), Constructing Safety: A Global Ethnography into Construction Workers’ Attitudes towards Health & Safety Training. (PhD.) Victoria University.

DeCleva, Vivienne (2014). The influence of a student centred approach to teaching on the achievement of students’ career goals and personal aspirations. (EdD.) Victoria University.


Way, Keenan (2021) Women’s experiences of knowledge sharing, empowerment and connection through domestic cooking. (MA) University of British Columbia.

Mazac, Rachel (2019) Examining sustainability in Food-based Dietary guidelines: an international comparison and systems thinking framework for sustainable dietary guideline development (M.Sc.) University of British Columbia

Rawes, Kimberley (2019) Praxis, reflexivity and identity: Career learning in the undergraduate classroom (M.A) University of British Columbia.

Al-Assad, Jordan (2017) Nature-Based Experience, Salutogenics and Well-Being: a Teacher-Researcher’s Self-Study in Physical and Health Education (M.Ed.) University of British Columbia

Edstrom, Melissa (2016) Mindful curriculum and pedagogy in the practice of a Home Economics educator (M.A.) University of British Columbia.

AlHarbi, Mashael (2016). Analysis of Home Economics student learning outcomes: a case of Saudi Arabian elementary school curriculum.  (M.Ed.) University of British Columbia.

Hatton, Sue (2015). Education and Policy: A snapshot of policy evolution, how it is perceived and the reality of its function as a social equaliser in the education sector. (M.Ed.) Victoria University.

Combs, Terry (2015). From being to becoming: learning our way out of unsustainability. (M.Ed.)Victoria University.

Rose, Elaine (2012). The Influence of the International Sustainable Development Framework and Neoliberal Dominance on Environmental Education in the Australian State of Victoria. (M.Ed.) Victoria University


Edwards, Gabrielle Experiences implementing a school garden program. (Ph.D.) University of British Columbia.

Soto, Cristina, Rethinking Colombia’s Education: Media analysis for constructing citizenship and identity through critical thinking. (Ph.D.) University of British Columbia.

Turner, Michelle Grade 4 students’ attitudes towards childbirth education (Ph.D.) University of British Columbia.