Edinburgh Research Explorer

Simon Beames

Senior Lecturer


The first ten years of my career were spent getting people lost in the wilds of North America and Southeast Asia - all in the name of the participants' personal development (and mine too!). Since completing my PhD on Overseas youth expeditions, I have become more concerned with how people learn about "place" by undertaking journeys within their local communities. I am also interested in using social theory to examine outdoor learning practice .


  • BPE (McMaster)

  • MS (Minnesota State)

  • PhD (Southampton)

Current Research Interests

  • Learning through journeys outside the classroom (local and far away!)
  • Using social theory to examine outdoor education practice

PhD supervision:

Collaborative Activity


  • Postgraduate: Social theory and outdoor education, PGDE (Sec) Outdoor Learning
  • Undergraduate: BEd Primary Outdoor Learning
  • Practical: Rock climbing, hillwalking, winter mountaineering, Norway ski tour

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