Caroline Smith

Caroline Smith

Caroline Smith

Penguin, Tasmania, Australia

Key skills

  • Teacher/trainer education – plant protection, organic agriculture, permaculture, science, sustainability, learning, curriculum development
  • Facilitation
  • Permaculture design
  • Organic farming
  • Educational research and research supervision
  • Secondary teaching  – chemistry, biology, environmental science, general science
  • Conference planning and development


Relevant programs/projects

  • Review and rewrite of UNESCO Teacher Education Modules for the Pacific (in progress)
  • Project consultant:  Skilling Tasmania for a sustainable future  – Skills for the carbon challenge, Commonwealth of Australia, 2014
  • Trainer and developer: Lead farmers crop protection for Kastom Gaden trainers in Solomon Islands, 2011 (with G. Jackson)
  • Trainer and developer: Effective learning in plant protection (IPPSI project), Solomon Islands 2008, 2009 (with G. Jackson)
  • Development of IPPSI training manual (with G. Jackson)
  • Co-convenor, teachers’ professional learning conference, Archdiocese of Honiara, Solomon Islands, 2006-2009
  • Development and implementation of Microscience equipment trial in Solomon Islands schools, Curriculum Development Centre, Honiara, 2009
  • Facilitator, various Permaculture Design Certificate and Dip Perm courses, 1998-2012
  • Member, advisory committee, Australian Sustainable Schools Initiative
  • Member, steering committee, development of Vocational Graduate Certificate in Teaching in Sustainability, Swinburne University of Technology


  • PhD University of Melbourne: Thesis title  The Getting of Hope: Personal Empowerment through Learning Permaculture
  • M.Ed University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
  • M.Sc Mycology and Plant Pathology, University of London
  • B.Sc  Chemistry and Botany, University of London
  • Graduate Diploma of Education, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
  • Certificate IV Vocational Training & Assessment, Swinburne University of Technology
  • Permaculture Design Certificate, Chiltern Permaculture Services


  • English (native speaker)
  • Solomon Islands Pijin (basic)
  • French (basic)

Papers, reports and conferences

  • Dawborn, K. and Smith, C. (Eds). (2011) Permaculture pioneers: Stories from the new frontier. Hepburn: Melliodora Publishing (Book).
  • Jackson, G., Smith, C., et al. (2014). Crop protection training manual for Kastom Gaden trainers in Solomon Islands. Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID).
  • Jackson, G., Smith, C., et al. (2010). Improving plant protection in Solomon Islands (IPPSI): Crop protection curriculum and teaching methods for Solomon Islands. Manual for Trainers and Trainees.  Secretariat of the Pacific Community, Suva, Fiji.
  • Smith, C. (2009). Outside Africa: Microscience in the Solomon Islands. In Compendium of innovations and good practices in Microscience. UNESCO, AbujaSmith, C (2009). Developing quality science education in Solomon Islands: Evaluation trial of Microscience kits. Report to Caritas Australia.
  • Smith, C. (2006-2011). Solomon Islands Catholic Teachers’ Sodality conference, Solomon Islands. Reports to Catholic Education Offices Archdiocese of Honiara and Diocese of Sale, Victoria.
  • Smith, C. (2005). Permaculture, organics and food security: An Australian perspective. Pacific Ecologist 10, Summer.