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My interests lie in the philosophy of environmental education and political ontology in formal and informal education, policy, and research. My research interests focus on: 

  • Creative approaches to environmental education research/political ontology/being alive
  • Practitioner inquiry and participatory action research in environmental education research/political ontology/being alive
  • Narrative, autobiographical, and autoethnographic inquiry in environmental education
  • Philosophical inquiry
  • Immanent ontologies, including  animisms, feminist new materialisms, and posthumanisms
  • The work of Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari in relation to education and the act of living
  • The work of Tim Ingold in relation to education and the act of living
  • Research into the methods and methodologies of environmental education research

I have published articles in Qualitative Inquiry, Cultural Studies <-> Critical Methodologies, the Journal of Autoethnography, Environmental Education Research, the Journal of Environmental Education, the Australian Journal of Environmental Education, the Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning. I am the author of Practising Immanence: Living with Theory and Environmental Education and have co-edited the book New Materialisms and Environmental Education (Routledge, 2023).

I am the course organiser for Experiential Education and Social Theory and Outdoor Education, within the MSc Outdoor Education and MSc Outdoor Environmental Sustainability Education, where I also contribute to courses in research methods, praxis, and environmental philosophy, and critical perspectives on personal and social development. I have also contributed to the Philosophy of Education pathway in the MSc in Education. Futher to this I contribute to primary and secondary initial teacher education programmes across the School.

I completed my PhD at the University of Edinburgh in 2018, on Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari's philosophy of immanence and practise in environmental education research.

Before starting at Moray House I lectured in outdoor studies at the University of the Highlands and Islands, and at Plumpton College, University of Brighton. I have worked for a number of organisations focusing on outdoor, adventure, and environmental education in the UK and abroad, in both the private and charitable sectors and have led educational overseas expeditions to the Nepalese and Indian Himalayas, China, Mongolia, and Borneo.

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