Richard Leo

MEd, MA(Hist), BA, Dip Ed

Lecturer / History & Education

Phone: 07 3347 7900

Research Interests

    • Australian History
    • European History
    • Comparative Religious History
    • Education in the Humanities
    • Comparative Religious Studies
    • Contemporary Geography


CHC Award for Teaching Excellence (2014)


Leo, R (2018). Environmental Movement: Environmental Movement Since the 1960s. In 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. In Luetz, J.M., Dowden, T., Norsworthy, B. (eds) Reimagining Christian Education: Cultivating Transformative Approaches. Springer Nature, Singapore.
Leo R. (2019) History of Education: Seeking the Common Good as a Collective Social Endeavour. In: Leal Filho W., Azul A., Brandli L., Özuyar P., Wall T. (eds) Quality Education. Encyclopedia of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Springer, Cham

Leo, R. (2009). Why BP shows us what climate change is about. The Christian Teachers Journal, 17(4), 4–7.
Leo, R. (2012, December). If it’s the end of the world as we know it, why do I feel fine? Looking for a place for faith in the ACARA History curriculum. Proceedings of the Colloquium at the Centre for the Study of Western Tradition, Campion College, Sydney, NSW, Australia.
Leo, R. (2013). Midnight Oil’s progress apocalypse. Catapult Magazine: Backward Movement, 12(9). Retrieved from:
Leo, R. (2019). Our future citizen ‘selfie’ is found in the humanities. Professional Educator: Where HASS thou gone (Special Edition). 1(20), 58-61.

Conference Proceedings
Leo, R. (2015, October). Wrestling for Control of the ‘selfie’: using education to project Charles Taylor’s ‘social imaginary’. Proceedings of the Belgrade International Conference on Education, Belgrade, Serbia.


Leo, R. (2012, February). Liminality: The process of transformation. Workshop presented at Independent Schools Queensland Asia in the Australian Curriculum Forum, Brisbane, QLD, Australia.

Leo, R. (2014, January). Pope Urban II’s sacred violence: The scapegoat victimage mechanism in Urban’s call to crusade, November 1095. Paper presented at the 4th Annual Conference of the Australian Girard Seminar, Crisis and its Management: Leadership and Relationship in Organisations and Communities, ACU, Melbourne, VIC.

Leo, R. (2014, October). Speaking in stone: Continuity and change through Australia’s war memorials. Paper presented at HTAA National Conference: What is history? What History Should we be Teaching for the Future?, Brisbane Boys Grammar, Brisbane, QLD, Australia.

Leo, R. (2014, October). The curriculum sharing project 2015. Paper presented at HTAA National Conference: What is history? What History Should we be Teaching for the Future?, Brisbane Boys Grammar, Brisbane, QLD, Australia.

Leo, R. (2015, January). ‘Children of Sacrifice’: the ‘Founding Murder’ as a narrative of Australian national identity. Paper presented at the 5th Annual AGS Seminar, War, Apocalypse & Peace: in the light of the 100th anniversary of Gallipoli, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia.

Leo, R. (2018, July). 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 Australia. Paper presented at the ANZATS Annual Conference, Emmanuel College, University of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD, Australia.

Teaching Resources

Leo, R. (2010). ‘To Remember, not to forget’: Visual Representations in the Yad Vashem Travelling Exhibition ‘Auschwitz: at the edge of the Abyss’ [Curriculum unit]. Alumni Teaching Network of the Gandel Holocaust Studies Program, Jerusalem. Retrieved from

Leo, R. (2012). Liminality: the process of transformation? [Curriculum unit]. Independent Schools Queensland.

Leo, R. (2014). Do statues speak?: Investigating the continuity and change in beliefs that have influenced the Australian way of life through local war memorials [Curriculum unit]. The Curriculum Sharing Project. Australia: History Teachers’ Association of Australia. Retrieved from