Liam Scott

  • Lecturer in Outdoor Leadership
  • Institute of Science, Natural Resources and Outdoor Studies
  • Centre for National Parks and Protected Areas (CNPPA)
  • Outdoor Studies
 Liam Scott


Liam is a Lecturer in Outdoor Leadership based at our Ambleside campus. He is committed to teaching and research that guides and encourages the development of a deeper understanding of how outdoor learning experiences impact upon individuals, groups and society.

His career in outdoor education has spanned over twenty five years, with experience in a diverse range of contexts. Prior to entering academia he worked for organisations in the public and commercial sectors, including Outward Bound and the Brathay Trust. He has worked for outdoor centres; the armed forces; Lake District National Park Authority; as Head of Outdoor Education at the Lakes School; for the South Lakes Federation as outdoor education coordinator; NGB mountain bike leadership trainer, assessor and international guide; learning and development consultant; development trainer and coach. He has led a multitude of commercial and educational expeditions in the UK and abroad, to Africa, Asia, Europe, North and South America.

Currently, his teaching and research has a focus on domains of outdoor leadership and research informed, evidence based professional practice. As an educator he believes that regular participation in outdoor experiences is essential to create unique spaces where all individuals have the opportunity to explore their beliefs, values, capabilities and current knowledge in creative ways. He is motivated by the theory and practice of reflection upon formal and informal outdoor experiences as being essential to education, wellbeing, lifelong learning, professional development and the collective efforts to create equitable, sustainable global systems.

Qualifications and memberships

Liam has a degree in Management, a Masters degree in Outdoor and Experiential Learning and three post graduate certificates in: Outdoor Education; Teaching in Higher Education; and Coaching and Mentoring. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and member of the British Association of International Mountain Leaders. He holds national governing body leadership qualifications and memberships in mountaineering, climbing, mountain biking, canoeing, paddle boarding and outdoor first aid.

Academic and research interests

Undergraduate teaching

Liam teaches on a number of modules on the BA degree in Outdoor Leadership. His main areas of teaching are in leadership; education; professional development; and outdoor leadership contexts. He takes an active role in research supervision and personal tutoring.

Research interests and current projects

The philosophy and practice of leadership and leadership development

Critical leadership theory

Outdoor education

Professional development and lifelong learning

Facilitation, coaching, mentoring and supervision

The nature of attention, awareness, reflection and liminality and the embodiment of threshold concepts that create personal transformations in self and others.

The paradigm that guides his writing and research is mainly interpretive; particularly philosophical, constructivist, hermeneutical and phenomenological narratives of practice.


Writing and research

Scott, L.J. (2020) Transformational practice and professional identity: Critical reflections. Unpublished.

Scott, L.J. (2020) Coaching supervision in contemporary coaching and mentoring practice. Unpublished.

Scott, L.J. (2019) Coaching and mentoring: Strategic Report. Unpublished.

Scott, L.J. (2018) From passengers; to participants; to facilitators of learning: An action research project on peer facilitation in higher education. Unpublished research.

Scott, L.J. (2013) ‘How do outdoor educators understand their relationship with nature?’. Masters thesis. Unpublished research.

Conference presentations

Scott, L.J. (2017) Social Identity Expedition Leadership. Royal Geographical Society Explore Conference, Ambleside, October 2017.

Recent external roles

Review panel member of 'Horizons', the professional journal of the Institute for Outdoor Learning.