As Professor of Outdoor and Environmental Education, Heather promotes and develops the research and learning and teaching profile and activity within the institute, research centres and across the university. She is involved in innovative curriculum design and inspiring pedagogic practice and has international experience in curriculum change and development. She was the first Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (PFHEA) at the university.
Heather is a PhD supervisor and examiner and is involved in researcher development in the university. She designs new frameworks for postgraduate courses, collaborates on strategic developments and teaches on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in Outdoor Studies. She is particularly interested in the exciting opportunities presented for enhancing student experience through active and experiential learning with research connected teaching.
After a doctorate in palaeoecology from Aberystwyth University and a PGCE (secondary) in Outdoor Activities and Geography at Bangor University, Heather worked in Outdoor Education Centres and as a Co-ordinator of Outdoor Education in Cumbria, prior to moving into teacher training in higher education. She established the first Outdoor Studies degree in the UK at St Martin’s College – a legacy institution of the University of Cumbria. Her professional, research and personal interests continue to focus on enabling all young people to have the opportunity to experience outdoor learning.
Qualifications and memberships
PhD, PFHEA, PGCE, BSc (Hons), Cert. Nature Conservation.
National Governing Body awards in outdoor activities.
British Canoeing, British Orienteering, Institute for Outdoor Learning.
Academic and research interests
Outdoor & Environmental Education and Outdoor Learning in formal education
Adventure, environment & sustainability
Current research students:
- Helena Binns - Engagement with nature, children 9-11 years in Warwickshire, UK
- Rebecca Hordern - Outdoor learning, development of professional staff-student relationships in secondary schools and engagement with learning
- Neil Windett - Aethestic value and stakeholder engagement in nature conservation
- Dave Harvey - The capacity, impacts and potential of Cumbria’s outdoor learning provision, a case study
- Jane Roberts - Conifers: Their ornamental use in gardens and parkland in and around Bowness-on-Windermere (1847-1914)
Humberstone, B and Prince, H. (2019) Research Methods in Outdoor Studies. Oxford, New York: Routledge.
Prince, H. and Mallabon, L. (2019) 'Designing effective research projects in outdoor studies', in B. Humberstone and H. Prince (eds) Research Methods in Outdoor Studies. Oxford, New York: Routledge. pp. 33-43.
Hayes, T. and Prince, H. (2019) 'Shared-story approaches in outdoor studies: The HEAR (Hermeneutics, Auto/Ethnography and Actin Research) 'listening' methodological model, B. Humberstone and H. Prince (eds) Research Methods in Outdoor Studies. Oxford, New York: Routledge. pp. 153-163.
Allin, L., Prince H. and Humberstone, B. (2019) 'Publishing and disseminating outdoor studies research', B. Humberstone and H. Prince (eds) Research Methods in Outdoor Studies. Oxford, New York: Routledge. pp307-316.
Prince, H.E. (2019) 'The sustained value teachers place on outdoor learning', Education 3-13, International Journal of Primary, Elementary and Early Years Education, doi: 10.1080/03004279.2019.1633376, published online 28 June 2019.
Prince, H.E.(2018) ‘Changes in outdoor learning in primary schools in England, 1995 and 2017: Lessons for good practice’, Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, doi:10.1080/14729679.2018.1548363, published online 19 November 2018.
Prince, H.E. (2018) ‘School-based outdoor education: Lessons for enabling good practice for children 3-11 years’, in G. Thomas (ed.) Book of Abstracts (peer reviewed), 14, 8th International Outdoor Education Research Conference, Queensland, Australia, University of the Sunshine Coast.
Prince, H.E. and Hayes, T.A. (2018) ‘Evidencing atmospheres and narratives: Measuring the immeasurable?’, in M. Leather (ed.) Atmospheres and Hauntings. Plymouth: Plymouth Marjon University. pp.97-102.
Prince, H., Christie, B., Humberstone, B. and Pedersen Gurholt K. (2018) ‘Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning: examining journal trends since 2000’, in P. Becker, B. Humberstone, C. Loynes and J. Schirp, (eds.) The changing world of the outdoors. Oxford: Routledge. pp.144-159.
Humberstone, B., Prince, H.E. and Mansfield, L.T., (2018) ‘The environment, physical activity, recreation and the outdoors’, in J. Piggin, L. Mansfield and M. Weed (eds.) Routledge Handbook of Physical Activity Policy and Practice. Oxford: Routledge. pp.209-223.
Fletcher, E. & Prince, H.E. (2017) ‘Steering a course towards Eudaimonia: The effects of sail training on well-being and character’. Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 17(3), 179-190. Doi: 10.1080/14729679.2017.1294490.
Prince, H.E. and Loynes, C. (2016) ‘Adventure, nature and commodification’ in Convery, I. & Davis, P. (eds) Changing perceptions of nature. Boydell & Brewer: Newcastle University ‘Heritage Matters Series’. pp.227-233.
Prince, H.E. (2016) ‘Principal Lecturer to Principal Fellow: on cloud nine with a few clouds in between. Blog for Higher Education Academy. Available at: https://www.heacademy.ac.uk/blog/principal-lecturer-principal-fellow-cloud-nine-few-clouds-between
Humberstone, B., Christie, B. and Prince, H. (2016) Editorial update. Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 16 (1). p. 1.
Humberstone, B., Prince, H. and Henderson, K.A. (2016) International Handbook of Outdoor Studies. Oxford: Routledge.
Prince, H. and Exeter, D. (2016) ‘Formal curricular initiatives and evaluation in the UK’. In Humberstone, B., Prince, H. and Henderson, K.A. (eds) International Handbook of Outdoor Studies. Oxford: Routledge. pp. 141-150.
Prince, H. (2016) ‘Constructs and theoretical concepts in outdoor studies’. In Humberstone, B., Prince, H. and Henderson, K. A.(eds) International Handbook of Outdoor Studies. Oxford: Routledge. pp. 7-9.
Humberstone, B., Prince, H. and Henderson, K (eds) (2016) ‘Introduction’. In Humberstone, B, Prince, H. and Henderson, K. A. (eds) International Handbook of Outdoor Studies. Oxford: Routledge. pp. 1-4.
Prince, H. E. (2014) ‘Eliciting nature and landscape writing through outdoor experiences’, in Varley, P. and Taylor, S. (eds). Being there: slow, fast, traditional, wild, urban, natural… Proceedings of the 2nd International Adventure Conference, Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, Skye, 21-23 May 2013 (pp 83-89) Fort William, The Centre for Recreation and Tourism Reearch: University of the Highlands and Islands.
Prince, H. E and Allin, L.; Hansen Sandseter, E. B. , and Ärlemalm-Hagsér, E. (2013) Outdoor play and learning in early childhood from different cultural perspectives. Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 13(3), pp.183-188.
Prince, H. E., Bunce, R. G. H. and Jongman, R. H. (2012) Changes in the vegetation composition of hay meadows between 1993 and 2009 in the Picos de Europa and implications for nature conservation. Journal for Nature Conservation (20), pp.162-169.
Dykes, N. T., Prince, H. E., Lemmey, R. P., and Bunce, R. G. H. (2007) ‘The Picos de Europa mountains, north-west Spain, an inspiration to non-specialist students to study living cultural landscapes’ in Bunce, R.G.H., Jongman, R.H., Hojas, L. and Weel, S. (eds.) 25 years of landscape ecology: Scientific principles in practice. International Association of Landscape Ecologists: Waganingen, The Netherlands. p.758.
Fletcher, E. & Prince, H.E. (2017) Steering a course towards Eudaimonia: The effects of sail training on well-being and character. Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning. DoI: 10.1080/14729679.2017.1294490.
Recent external roles
Associate Editor, Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, including co-editor of Themed Edition on outdoor play
External Examiner: Edinburgh University and University of St Mark and St John, Plymouth
Visiting lecturer: Phillips University, Marburg, Germany; University of Santiago de Compostela, Lugo, Spain
Product design research: Lowe Alpine
REALISE project (Researching Experiential Active Learning Initiatives for Student/Staff Engagement)
Social Impact Study: Ocean Youth Trust North (Sail Training)