Dr Chris Loynes, PhD

  • Reader/ Associate Professor in Outdoor Studies
  • Department of Science, Natural Resources and Outdoor Studies
  • Centre for National Parks and Protected Areas (CNPPA)
  • Outdoor Studies
Dr Chris Loynes, PhD


My own research interests include understanding the impact of Outdoor Education in schools, the outdoors as a vehicle for youth development, understanding strategies for encouraging nature connection and the role of local communities in enhancing the quality of the environment. I also led the Erasmus Mundus international MA Transcultural European Outdoor Studies. As well as my own research interests I am responsible for leading the research activity of the Outdoor Studies subject area. This includes the national Outdoor Learning research hub project in partnership with the Institute for Outdoor Learning. I also lead the Environmental Citizenship theme of the Centre for Research in National Parks and Protected Areas.

In my career I have been a teacher, youth worker, director of a social enterprise and political activist and so my interests are rooted in helping people with an interest in the environment understand and improve the quality of their activities. I am also a keen sailor, sea kayaker and mountaineer.

Qualifications and memberships

  • PhD
  • Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society

Academic and research interests

  • Youth transition and Outdoor Experiential Education
  • The imapct of residential experiences for schools
  • A critical historical and cultural analysis of UK Outdoor Education
  • Environmental Citizenship

Research supervision

  • Principle investigator, Learning Away comparative attainment study (partner Learning Away Consortium). 2017-present.
  • Principle investigator, Outdoor Learning, Outdoor Learning Regional Research Hubs (partner Institute for Outdoor Learning). 2017-present.
  • Coordinator of the Learning Away research group. 2017-present.

Lead Supervisor

Kate Breeze - Study of Residential Experiences and Family Interventions examining ‘home-grown’ programmes in three contrasting organisations

Dave Harvey - The capacity, impacts and potential of Cumbria’s Outdoor Learning provision, a case study

Amy Smallwood - A Multidisciplinary Enquiry into the Phenomenology of Place Encounters in Outdoor

Ian Reed - What is significant about the lived experience of members of the Army Cadet Force and what might this tell us about the Army Cadet Force as a phenomenon in British Society?


Loynes, C. & Towers, D. (2019). Knowledge construction in outdoor education.In: Kahn, P. & Anderson, L. (eds.) Developing your teaching towards excellence, 2nd edition. Key guides for effective teaching in higher education series. Abingdon, UK: Routledge, Taylor & Francis.

Hedges, C., Loynes, C. & Waite, S. (2019) Research hubs: the theory-practice nexus. In Humberstone, B. & Prince, H.E. (2019)  Research Methods in Outdoor Studies.  Abingdon: Routledge.

Loynes, C. (2018). What would a post humanist, post growth outdoor education practice look like?. Japan Outdoor Education Journal21(2), 45-47.

Mitten, D., Loynes, C., Justin, I. H. & Hirohide, N. (2018) For the future of the outdoor education. Japan Outdoor Education Journal, 21(2). 33-44.

Loynes C. (2018). Leave More Trace. Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education and Leadership. 10(3), 179-186. doi: 10.18666/JOREL-2018-V10-I3-8444

Loynes, C. & Towers, D. (2018).Finding New Ways:  developing a co-constructed approach to excursions in Higher Education Journal of Experiential Education. 41(4), 369-381. doi.org/10.1177/1053825918808329

Becker, P., Humberstone, B., Loynes, C. & Schirp, J. (Eds.) (2018). The Changing Face of the Outdoors in Europe. London: Routledge.

Loynes, C. & Pedersen Gurholt, K. (2017) The journey as a transcultural experience for international students. Journal of Geography in Higher Education. 41 (4). 532-548.doi.org/10.1080/03098265.2017.1337734

Loynes, C. (2017). Theorising of Outdoor Education: theory and practice. In Jeffs T. & Ord, J. (Eds.) Outdoor, Experiential and Informal Education: beyond the confines. London, UK. Routledge.

Loynes, C. (2017). The Renaissance of Residential Experiences: their contribution to outdoor learning Chpt 16 pp. 209-221. In, Waite S. (Ed.) Children Learning Outside the Classroom: from Birth to Eleven 2nd ed. Los Angeles, Sage.

Prince, H.E. & Loynes, C. (2016). Adventure, Nature and Commodification. in Davis, P. & Convery, I. (Eds.) Shifting Interpretations of Natural Heritage. Boydell & Brewer: Newcastle University ‘Heritage Matters series’. pp. 231-237.

Backman, E., Humberstone, B. and Loynes, E. (Eds.) (2014). Urban Nature: inclusive learning through youth work and school work. Stockholm, Sweden.

Loynes, C. (2013). Globalization, the Market and Outdoor Adventure. In Beames, S. & Pike, E. (Eds.) Outdoor Adventure and Social Theory. Taylor and Francis.

Loynes, C. (2010). Journeys of Transition: 'the role of narrative within the Stoneleigh Project'. Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning; 10 (2), pp. 127-145.

Loynes, C. (2010). The British Youth Expedition: cultural and historical perspectives. In Beames, S. (Ed.) Understanding Educational Expeditions. Rotterdam, Netherlands; Sense Publishers.

Link to full list of articles, conference papers and books

Recent external roles

  • Member of the Outdoor Learning Strategic Research Network, Natural England; 2015 – present.
  • Member of Nature Connections Research Network; 2015 – present.
  • Vice-chair of the European Institute for Experiential Learning and Outdoor Adventure Education; 2018 - present.