Dr Lisa Fenton, PhD

  • Lecturer in Outdoor Studies
  • Institute of Science and Environment
  • Centre for National Parks and Protected Areas (CNPPA)
  • Outdoor Studies
Dr Lisa Fenton, PhD


Lisa is lecturer across Outdoor Studies degree programs at the University of Cumbria, and has recently developed a Bushcraft pathway of the Masters Programme in Outdoor and Experiatial Learning. Lisa is both an academic and practitioner of wilderness survival and bushcraft skills. She combines her academic background in ethnobiology and anthropology with her long-standing field experience in bushcraft and wilderness survival skills. Initially serving her apprenticeship with Ray Mears, Lisa then co-created her own bushcraft organisation in the Lake District National Park for 17 years. During that period she took an MSc in Ethnobotany from the University of Kent and in conjunction with Kew Gardens, and continued to study for her doctorate in Bushcraft & Indigenous Knowledge. 

Through both her academic research, and through a myriad of local and global experiences that ranges across a variety of remote environments, Lisa feels sure that bushcraft engenders a way of being in landscape ecologies that knits us closely into the very fabric of materials and conditions of our natural environment. Learning from peoples who have retained the skills to live in and utilise the vast possibilities a landscape can afford us, for clothes, tools, food, medicines, and shelter, Lisa advocates an approach to bushcraft skill and study that respectfully moves towards these traditional ecological knowledges.

Qualifications and memberships

MSc Ethnobotany, University of Kent & Kew Gardens

Ph.D Ethnobiology, University of Kent, Department for Anthropology & Conservation

Academic and research interests

  • Bushcraft practcies, cultures, processes and thoretical perspectives
  • Bushcraft as pedagogy
  • Wellbeing and thereputic aspects of bushcraft practice
  • Tradtional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) systems
  • Local & Indigenous knowledge
  • Traditonal land-based crafts
  • Sloyd education


Fenton, L., Playdon, Z & Prince, H.E. (2020) Bushcraft Education as Radical Pedagogy - Pedagogy, Culture and Society.

Mayhew, M, Cramer, J,D , Fenton L, Dittrich, A and Armstrong, R (2020) A new hot spot for Temminck’s Red Colobus (Piliocolobus badius temminckii) in The Gambia: the feasibility of a community approach to conservation. Primate Conservation.