Richard Leo - Christian Heritage College

Richard Leo

Education, Liberal Arts
Phone Number (07) 3347 7937


Richard Leo has taught a range of subjects in the humanities, including history, in South Australia and Queensland. Before moving into teacher education he was Head of Humanities at Nambour Christian College. Currently he lectures in Education and History at CHC Higher Education in Brisbane, Queensland. He recently contributed the chapter on the history of environmental movements for use in schools to the textbook Senior Modern History for Queensland (2019) published by Cambridge University Press and is undertaking PhD studies at the University of Queensland. 


  • Master of Education (Christian Heritage College, 2018)
  • Master of Arts (History) (University of New England, 2004)
  • Bachelor of Arts (University of Tasmania, 1996)
  • Diploma of Education (University of Tasmania, 1997) 

Research Interests

  • Contemporary Australian Culture and History
  • Education for Sustainability
  • History Curriculum & Pedagogy 

Professional Experience

  • Head of Humanities, Nambour Christian College (2008-2011) 


LeoR. (2019). Our future citizen ‘selfie’ is found in the humanities Professional Educator: Where HASS thou gone (Special Edition), 1(20), 58-61. 

Books and Book Chapters

Leo, R. (2019). Environmental Movement: Environmental Movement Since the 1960s Hoepper, B. et al. Senior Modern History for Queensland. Cambridge University Press, Sydney.

Leo, R. (2018). Songs of Orientation: Cultural Liturgies, the History Classroom and the ‘Winter Christian’ of Discontent Luetz, J.M., Dowden, T., Norsworthy, B. (eds) Reimagining Christian Education: Cultivating Transformative Approaches. Springer Nature, Singapore.


Leo, R., & WallaceR. (2019). A story of faith to challenge and inspire in one teacher’s quest to start a school that values the calling and gifts of the individual child: Montessori Noosa ACHEA Research Conference: Christian Education – Reason and Relevance August 2019.

LeoR. (2019). Exploring ‘ecotheological’ perspectives for sustainability education in the classroom ACHEA Research Conference: Christian Education – Reason and Relevance, August 2019.

LeoR. (2019). GBS 2.0: Humanities and Social Sciences and the Australian Curriculum for Christian SchoolingWorkshop at the CSA National Leaders Conference, Perth, August 2019.

LeoR. (2018). Frackman vs the Gasman: Scapegoating the ‘Frackman’ – Applying a Girardian perspective that explores a political theological response to environmentalist perspectives through a study of new environmental anti-fracking movements in AustraliaPaper presented at the ANZATS Annual Conference, Emmanuel College, University of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD, Australia, July 2018.



Leo, R. (2020). GBS2.0: Sustainability. CSA Curriculum Resource Documentation, CSA: Sydney.

LeoR. (2019). GBS2.0: Humanities and Social Sciences CompanionCSA Curriculum Resource Documentation, CSA: Sydney. 

Encyclopedia Entry 

LeoR. (2019). History of Education: Seeking the Common Good as a Collective Social Endeavour Encyclopedia of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, Walter Leal Filho et al. (Eds): Quality Education, 457052_0_En, (23-1). 


CE501, CR384, CU530, CU531, CU532, CU533, CU534, CU535, CU539, CU540, CU541, CU542, CU534, CU535, CU549, HT101, HT102, HT212, HT241, HT320, HT385, HT397, LIT190, ES521, ES261 

College Service

  • CHC Research Committee 
  • CHC Learning and Teaching Committee 

Professional Memberships and Associations

  • Member: Australian Girard Society 
  • Member: Colloquium on Violence & Religion (COV&R) 
  • Member: Australian Association for Environmental Education 
  • Member: Queensland History Teachers Association (QHTA) 
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