Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Dr Cesidio Parissi

Dr Cesidio Parissi

B. App. Sci. (Hons 1) School of Natural Sciences, University of Western Sydney, 2003, University Medal. Ph.D. School of Natural Sciences, University of Western Sydney, 2010.

Dr Parissi is married with three great kids, loves gardening, cooking, reading historical, political, science fiction and environmental material.

Dr Parissi really enjoys being stimulated and challenged by engaging with the learning of students. He joined CSU in 2012 after ten years lecturing at UWS in environmental health and management and also tutoring at the Campbelltown Medical School.

A Post Doctoral research project at UWS was concurrent with a stint lecturing at Macquarie University.

Dr Parissi primarily has experience in qualitative research methods and analysis of data, which comprises one of the approaches employed in his various research projects. His research experience includes post-doctoral research as well as other research projects, including publications from several research studies. Methodologies in his research include case study, ethnography, action research, and grounded theory. He has gathered data for research projects via surveys, focus groups, participant observation, document analysis, and interviews. In addition, he has taught research methods, and supervised undergraduate, masters, and PhD students who have undertaken primary research projects during the past six years.

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Teaching Philosophy

While Dr Parissi has a wide experience in didactic teaching at a tertiary level, by far, his preferred method of engaging with students is through experiential education methods. In particular, he truly enjoys the challenges of Problem Based Learning, where the student is the centre of the knowledge-gaining process. Facilitating the learning of students is a rewarding and enriching experience and one where the students gain the confidence and skills for deep learning and the development of life-long learning capacities.

Current subjects taught

He is the Subject Coordinator for, and take students in:

  • HLT311 Reflective Clinical Practice (PBL)
  • HLT312 Research in Clinical Practice (PBL).

Both are third year subjects.

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Research

Dr Parissi's research focus has been in the area of his  disciplinary training, which has overlapped in two instances, with studies of indigenous education programs:

  • 2011/13 – Researching the outcomes of 'Using Traditional and Western Science Knowledge's in an Experiential Education Program for Indigenous Peoples of Western Sydney'. Grant from the Hawkesbury-Nepean Catchment Management Authority (in progress).
  • 2010/13 – Educational research evaluating the outcomes of student learning experiences of two new units 'Indigenous Landscapes' & 'Living in Country'. Grant from the UWS School of Natural Sciences (in progress).
  • 2011 – Post-doctoral research with five local councils: Watering to Purpose project. Grant from UWS and five councils in partnership (paper in review).
  • 2010 – Research for Dr Carmel Coady, UWS. Research topic: "Evaluating a program that sought to change the attitudes of first year students towards mathematics". Funded by the School of Computing and Mathematics,
  • 2010 – Research for First Year Advisory Program Convener, Marnie Campbell, UWS. This work consisted of research leading to and assisting with a final evaluation report of an undergraduate program to help first year Law students. Funded by the UWS Student Learning Unit.
  • 2009 – Research for First Year Advisory Program Convener, Marnie Campbell, UWS. This work consisted of research leading to and assisting with a final evaluation report of an undergraduate program to help first year Engineering students. Funded by the UWS Student Learning Unit.
  • 2004 – 2006 – 19 months research with Liverpool City Council's Partnership Project as research project for my doctorate thesis. Using quantitative and qualitative analysis the research explores public participation practices of Liverpool Council within a sustainability framework, from which a book chapter and book has been published.
  • 2002 – 6 months research with the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) and eight Western Sydney local councils, for honours year thesis. The approach used combined quantitative and qualitative approaches, out of which peer-reviewed publications have arisen.

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Professional Activities

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Publications

  • (In review) Parissi, C., Burgin, S., Webb, T. & Devi, B. 2011, 'The unintended consequences of government policies and programs for public open spaces in inner-urban Sydney', Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning.
  • Parissi, C. 2011, Sustainability, Governance and Participation: a journey with local government, VDM Verlag, Saarbrucken.
  • Parissi, C. 2010, 'Truth, knowledge and data: a study of Truth-building in Organisational Change', in Eds, V. A. Brown, J. A. Harris, & J. Y. Russell, Tackling Wicked Problems Through Transdisciplinary Imagination, Earthscan, London.
  • Parissi, C. 2007, 'Public participation in local government: a case study of regional sustainability monitoring in Western Sydney', Environmental Health, vol. 7, no. 1, pp. 47-59.
  • Parissi, C. 2007, 'Between council and community: public participation and sustainability in local government', in Eds. R. Attwater & J. Merson, Sustaining our Social and Natural Capital: Proceedings of the 12th ANZSYS Conference, ICSE Publishing, Goodyear, USA.
  • Parissi, C. 2005, "Public participation in local government", in Conference Proceedings of the Environmental Research Event, 28th – 30th November, Hobart, Tasmania.
  • Parissi, C. 2003, 'Lessons from Local Sustainability Monitoring: Outcomes and Aftermath of the Western Sydney Regional State of the Environment Report 2000', Environmental Health, vol. 3, no. 3. pp. 54-66.

Conferences and seminars

In addition to published peer reviewed material, he has also participated in several conferences and seminars at local, national and international levels, as detailed here:

  • Parissi, C. 2012, Water and Public Open Spaces: Unintended Consequences of Government Policies and Programs in Inner-city Sydney, Tapping the Turn: Water's Social Dimensions, 15-16 November 2012, Canberra ACT.
  • Burgin, S., Webb, T., Devi, B. & Parissi, C. 2011, Sustainable Watering for Purpose in Urban Landscapes, Water Solutions for a Changing Urban Environment Conference, 4-8 July, 2011, Singapore.
  • Parissi, C. 2006, 'Between council and community: public participation and sustainability in local government', presentation at 12th ANZSYS Conference, Katoomba, NSW, Australia, 3rd-6th December.
  • Parissi, C. 2005, "Public participation in local government: a case study of regional sustainability monitoring in Western Sydney", presented at Conference of the Environmental Research Event, 28th – 30th November, Hobart, Tasmania.
  • Parissi, C. 2004, "WSROC Regional Reporting", invited presentation to the Local Government and Shires Association, Local Government State of the Environment Reporting Workshop, August 5th, Sydney.
  • Parissi, C. 2003, 'Paradigm Shifts in Sustainability: Looking to the Future', presentation to the "Global Ecological Integrity, Human Rights and Human Responsibilities: Intersections Between International Law and Public Health", Conference, at Urbino, Italy, June 27-July 1.
  • Parissi, C. 2003, 'Towards a Taxonomy of Paradigm Shift in Sustainability Governance', presentation to the Human Ecology Forum, Australian National University, October, Canberra.

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