Dr Chris Loynes, PhD

  • Reader 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 experiential education, Outdoor Education and Education for Sustainable Development
  • A critical historical and cultural analysis of UK outdoor education
  • Environmental Citizenship


  • Loynes, C. & Pedersen Gurholt, K. (2017) The journey as a transcultural experience for international students. Journal of Geography in Higher Education. DOI: 10.1080/03098265.2017.1337734
  • Loynes, C. (2017). Theorising of outdoor education: theory and practice. In T. Jeffs and J. Ord (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 pg. 209-221: in, Waite S (Ed) Children Learning Outside the Classroom: From Birth to Eleven 2nd Ed. Los Angeles, Sage.
  • Prince, H.E. and 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.
  • Loynes, C. (2015) Residential Outdoor Learning in Schools: ‘Next’ Practices. The Learning Away Initiative; The Paul Hamlyn Foundation.
  • Loynes, C. (2015) Two views of experiential education. JAEOL; Vol. 15, No. 3, pp. 261-263. (Views 197: Score 2 – 27/3/16)
  • Backman, E., Humberstone, B. and Loynes, C. (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 and Pike, E. (Eds) (In press). 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 Stoneleigh Project. Germany; VDM. 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 LINE Strategic Research Group, Natural England; 2015 – present.
  • Member of Nature Connections Research Network; 2015 – present.
  • Research Coordinator. Learning Away Consortium, Council for Learning Outside the Classroom
  • Chair of the European Institute for Experiential Learning and Outdoor Adventure Education