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Human Nature Relations

Human Nature Relations (Theme Lead: Chris Loynes)

The engagement of people with nature produces a landscape. Personal, social, economic and political actions interact with natural processes, habitats and species in dynamic relations. This theme will take as its subject these relations. Using a critical view, the political processes and their consequences, the natural processes and their consequences, will be examined with the intention of understanding and informing the informal and formal processes of engagement in ways that contribute to social justice and sustainable human nature relations.

Inclusivity in the Outdoors

The webinar series provides an opportunity for the UK Outdoor Sector to explore a range of themes around Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) in the outdoors. This collaborative initiative is an opportunity for the outdoor field to learn about EDI issues in the field, benchmark the current situation and scope for case studies of good practice that can help to take the field forward. This is phase one of a long term project that intends to develop an action plan for the sector and encourage and support both outdoor providers and existing and potential user groups to address the issues.


Partners: Institute for Outdoor Learning; Association of Heads of Outdoor Education Centres; Mosaic Outdoors; The Outward Bound Trust.


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English village in summertime

Rewilding on the urban fringe: challenges and opportunities

What could be the natural and social benefits of rewilding landscapes on an urban fringe? The University of Cumbria is a partner in the Natural Capital Lab established by the Lifescape Project in the Highlands.

With the help of remote sensing approaches provided by AECOM, the project aims to gain a fuller understanding of the rewilding process, and the ecological and social benefits. This webinar introduces this project and asks what could be learned from a NC Lab on an urban fringe? With Prof Ian Convery (CNPPA), Roger Leese (Lifescape Project), Dr Jamie McPhie (CNPPA) & Chris White (AECOM).


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Connection with nature in the UK during the COVID19 lockdown

A recent study in the summer fo 2020 explored the experiences people had of nature during the UK COVID-19 lockdown and the associated changes in attitudes to nature, nature connection and pro-environmental behaviours.


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Developing practitioner-researcher partnerships

Developing practitioner-researcher partnerships to enhance evidence-based practice in outdoor learning

The project supported the development of a network of regional hubs for applied and action research in outdoor learning. The purpose was to build partnerships that built confidence in undertaking research, supported the identification of research priorities at a local level and encouraged evidenced-based practice.

Funder: Institute for Outdoor Learning

Partners: Institute for Outdoor Learning, The Council for Learning Outside the Classroom, Natural England

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