Biography

Tracy Hayes joined the University of Cumbria in November 2014, following an established career in youth work and community-based education. She teaches on the Working with Children, Young People and Families undergraduate programme, drawing extensively on her experiences as a professional youth and community development worker and as an environmental educator.

Her PhD considers the relationship that young people have with the natural environment. She takes a playfully narrative approach to her work, embracing creative methodologies, particularly reflexive auto/ethnography, creative non-fiction and story-telling. She enjoys being, and playing, outside.

Qualifications and memberships

Awarded PhD in Lifelong Learning Outdoors. Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PgCAP); MA Youth Work (JNC) and Community Development (ESB); Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (DTLLS); Certificate in Education for Sustainability; BSc (Hons) Natural Sciences (1st class). 

Fellow of:

  • Higher Education Academy (fHEA)
  • Royal Geographical Society (RGS-IBG)

Member of:

  • Institute for Outdoor Learning (IOL)
  • European Institute for Outdoor Adventure Education and Experiential Learning (EOE)
  • International Play Association (IPA)

Academic and research interests

Lifelong learning outdoors

Youth work and community development

Safeguarding/child protection

Creativity and playfulness - particularly through creative writing

Environmental and experiential education

Family learning and support

Volunteer with National Trust and supporting Families on prison visits. 

Research supervision

Postgraduate students on MSc in Applied Social Science

Postgraduate students on MA in Outdoor Learning

PhD Supervisor

Publications

Academic achievements
May 2017: Awarded Early Career Researcher Grant by UoC to support post-doctoral study.

June 2016: Recipient of the 2016 Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Early Career Research Excellence.

June 2015: Awarded the Reflective Essay Postgraduate Prize for 2015 by The Higher Education Research Group(HERG) in association with the RGS-IBG annual international conference.

Recent Related Public output (last 5 years)

Peer Review Journals

Hayes, T. (2018). Dr Bear and the adventure Bears. Children's Geographies16(4), 461-464. https://doi.org/10.1080/14733285.2018.1457755

Hayes, T.A. (2016) Review of 'Informal Education, Childhood and Youth: Geographies, Histories, Practices' by Peter Kraftl and Sarah Mills (Eds.) (2014). Childrens Geographies, 14 (3)

Published Practitioner Toolkit external commission

Hayes, T., Faulkner, A. and Harris, F. (2016) We're ALL in the Wild. An inclusive guide to supporting young people with SEN/D to discover their local outdoor spaces. Wiltshire: Plantlife

Published conference proceedings

Hayes, T.A. (2014) 'The challenges of social inclusion in outdoor education: Can tortoise and hare learn together?' Being there: Slow, fast, traditional, wild, urban, natural, Proceedings from the 2nd International Adventure Conference, Sabhal MÃr Ostaig, Skye, May 2013. Edited by Dr Peter Varley and Dr Steve Taylor. Fort William: University of the Highlands and Islands pp.43-54

Hayes, T.A. (2013) 'The Accidental Youthworker', Outdoor Learning as a means of promoting healthy and sustainable lifestyles and social inclusion for young people, EUROPEAN OUTDOOR LEARNING SEMINAR, Derwent Hill, 26th-30th October 2012, Edited by Barbara Humberstone Available at http://www.eoe-network.eu/conferences/

Book chapters

Hayes, T. (2019) Shared Story Approaches in Outdoor Studies. In; Humberstone, B., & Prince, H. (Eds.). (2019). Research methods in outdoor studies. Routledge.

Hayes, T. (2019). DEVELOPING AN ACADEMIC IDENTITY. Research Impact and the Early Career Researcher: Lived Experiences, New Perspectives, 24.

Hayes, T.A. (2017) 'Kindness: caring for self, others and nature - who cares and why?', in Horton, J. and Pyer, M. (eds) Children, young people and care. London: Taylor Francis.

Hayes, T. (2016) 'A playful approach to outdoor learning: Boggarts, Bears and Bunny Rabbits!', in Horton, J. and Evans, B, (eds.) Play, Recreation, Health and Well Being, Vol.9 of Skelton, T. (ed.) Geographies of Children and Young People. Springer, Singapore.

Conference Presentations

Hayes, T.A and Atmakur, S. (2017) Co-convener/chair of GCYFRG sponsored session: 'Playing, listening, engaging and taking action with children', RGS-IBG 2017 International AGM & conference, August-September 2017.

Hayes, T.A. (2017) 'Playing with Words...Making Stories'. Playshop at 20th IPA Triennial World Conference, theme: Learning and Development. 13-16th September 2017, Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Hayes, T.A. (2017) Thesis in a box, University of Cumbria Doctoral Colloquium, Lancaster, 13th July 2017. (Unpublished)

Hayes, T.A. (2017) 'Sustainable Solace'. Cumbria Research and Innovation Conference 2017: Achievement, Impact and Potential. University of Cumbria, Lancaster, 7th July 2017. (Unpublished)

Prince, H. and Hayes, T. (2017) 'Evidencing atmospheres and narratives: measuring the immeasurable?' In: European Institute for Outdoor Adventure Education and Experiential Learning (EOE) International Seminar, 28 June - 2 July 2017, University of St Mark and St John, Plymouth, UK. (Unpublished)

Collins, D. and Hayes, T. (2017) 'A Playful Approach - Want to go on a Boggart Hunt?' Workshop in European Institute for Outdoor Adventure Education and Experiential Learning (EOE) International Seminar, 28 June - 2 July 2017, University of St Mark and St John, Plymouth, UK. (Unpublished)

Hayes, T.A. (2017) 'Research Adventures with my Bear'. In: European Institute for Outdoor Adventure Education and Experiential Learning (EOE) International Seminar, 28 June - 2 July 2017, University of St Mark and St John, Plymouth, UK. (Unpublished)

Hayes, T.A. (2017) 'Reluctant Readers'. Student Success: Adding Value through Learning Gain, Learning andTeaching Fest, 20th June 2017, University of Cumbria, Carlisle. (Unpublished)

Hayes, T.A. (2017) and WCF students. 'Applying and Enhancing Learning: Volunteering with the National Trust'. Applied Psychology & WCF Staff-Student Conference. 28th April 2017, University of Cumbria, Carlisle. (Unpublished)

Hayes, T.A and Larmour, C. (2017) 'Family Learning in Prisons', Applied Psychology & WCF Staff-StudentConference. 28th April 2017, University of Cumbria, Carlisle. (Unpublished)

Hayes, T.A and Larmour, C. (2016) Co-convener/chair of GCYFRG sponsored session: 'creative & poetic approaches'', RGS-IBG 20167 International AGM & conference, August-September 2016.

Hayes, T.A., Leather, M. and Prince, H. (2016) Co-convener/chair of GCYFRG sponsored session: 'Playful Approaches', RGS-IBG 20167 International AGM & conference, August-September 2016.

Hayes, T.A. (2016) 'Creative methodology: exploring a shared space as a different place', Interdisciplinary research with children, young people and families: crossing boundaries, sharing stories. Wednesday 7th September 2016, University of Northampton, UK. (Unpublished)

Hayes, T.A. (2016) 'Sharing stories: an interactive, interdisciplinary approach to pedagogy and research', Storytelling: Global Reflections on Narrative, 9th Global Meeting, Sunday 10th July-Tuesday 12th July 2016, Mansfield College, Oxford. (Unpublished)

Hayes, T.A. (2016) Participated in one-day Workshop: Getting Your Message Across: Storytelling for Researchers and Other Professionals. Inter-Disciplinary.Net: A Global Network for Dynamic Research and Publishing, Wednesday 1th July, Mansfield College, Oxford, United Kingdom. (Unpublished)

Hayes, T.A. (2015) 'A playful approach to learning outdoors', at BERA Annual Conference, September 15-17, 2015, Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Unpublished)

Hayes, T.A. (2015) 'Shared story approaches: you tell me yours, and I'll tell you mine'. Invited workshop presentation. The Great Outdoors? Children, Young People & Families in Natural & Rural Spaces, Centre for Children & Youth and Institute of Health & Wellbeing, University of Northampton, September 9-10, 2015, Northampton, UK. (Unpublished)

Hayes, T.A. and Larmour, C. (2015) 'That's not MY Gruffalo!'. Royal Geographical Society (RGS) with Institute of British Geographers (IBG) Annual International Conference, Children and Nature in the Anthropocene. Presented in Session 3: 'Impacts of children, families and young people connecting with nature', September 2-4, 2015, Exeter, UK. (Unpublished)

Hayes, T.A. (2015) 'It's not easy being ME.' Tuesday 9 and Wednesday 10 June 2015: York St John Value and Virtue Conference. York, June 2015. (Unpublished)

Hayes, T.A. (2015) 'Developing an academic identity - It's not easy being ME!' 19th May 2015: BSA Postgraduate Event at the University of Leicester: Emotional Methodologies. First presentation of this paper, subsequently refined and presented in June at York St John. http://emotionalmethodologies.weebly.com/ (Unpublished)

Hayes, T.A. (2004) 'My Perfect Place? I would go where the moon is rising, just sit there and look at the surroundings', [updated version based on feedback from presentation in Iceland] at Flying on the Ground Conference, Brathay Trust, Ambleside, October, 2014. (Unpublished)

Hayes, T.A. (2014) 'My Perfect Place? I would go where the moon is rising, just sit there and look at the surroundings'. Under the open sky: Supporting young people's Well-being through outdoor experiences in formal and non-formal education - European perspectives, Association of Nature and Outdoor schools in partnership with the European Institute for Outdoor Adventure Education and Experiential Learning (EOE) 3th - 7th September 2014, Laugar í Sælingsdal, Iceland. (Unpublished)

Hayes, T.A. (2014) 'Boggarts, Bears and Bunny Rabbits!' RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2014, Geographies of Youthwork: Children and young people's popular cultures, identities, and subcultures. Session convenors: John Horton and Peter Kraftl. London, August 2014. (Unpublished) 

Hayes, T.A. (2014) 'Methodological Mud Wrestling!' Abstract for York St John University Conference 2014, Theme: Openness and Criticality: evaluating and publishing our research. York, July 2014. (Unpublished)

Hayes, T.A. (2014) 'Hunting for Treasure', University of Cumbria Doctoral Colloquium, Lancaster, July 2014. (Unpublished)

Hayes, T.A (2014) 'Let's Play! Playfulness for Grown-ups', Abstract for IOL North West Conference, Dallam Outdoors, Dallam School, Milnthorpe, Friday 24th January 2014. (Unpublished)

Hayes, T.A (2013) 'Natural Youthwork: the connected way!'Abstract for RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2013, Geographies of Youthwork, London, August 2013. (Unpublished)

Hayes, T.A (2013) 'Whose Story? We create stories and change the details to engage our audience, but whose story is it really?' Abstract for Lancaster University Postgraduate Research Conference 2013, Theme of conference: Creation and Change, Lancaster, July 2013. (Unpublished)

Hayes, T.A (2013) 'Stories for wellbeing: are you sitting comfortably? Then we can begin', Abstract for Brathay Trust and University of Cumbria Wellbeing Conference, Ambleside, Cumbria, July 2013. (Unpublished)  

Shaughnessy, J. and Hayes. T. (2012). Our words, our voices please listen: Pilot project tracking young people's learning journeys on an Alternative Education Programme. Working paper presented at You Gov Children and Young People's Conference, 22nd November at the Arlington Conference Centre, London. (Unpublished)

Poster presentations

Hayes, T.A. (2017) 'Playful Practitioners: Playing along with Children and Young People, in and with Nature', Interactive Poster Presentation at 20th IPA Triennial World Conference. 13-16th September 2017, Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Hayes, T.A. (2017) 'First-hand experience of nature - Dancing on the palm of a hand', Interactive Poster Presentation at 20th IPA Triennial World. 13-16th September 2017, Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Hayes, T.A. (2017) 'Playing with words... connecting through story' In: European Institute for Outdoor Adventure Education and Experiential Learning (EOE) International Seminar, 28 June - 2 July 2017, University of St Mark and St John, Plymouth, UK.

Hayes, T.A. (2015) 'A creative exploration of young people's relationship with nature'. Doctoral Colloquium (July) & Manchester Metropolitan University Postgraduate Research Conference (November).

Hayes, T.A. (2014) 'Whose Voice? Making sense of nature from young people's perspectives', Poster presentation, University of Cumbria Doctoral Colloquium, Lancaster, July 2014.

Hayes, T.A (2013) 'Whose Voice? Making sense of nature from young people's stories', Poster presentation, Brathay Trust and University of Cumbria Wellbeing Conference, July 2013.

Hayes, T.A (2013) 'Whose Voice? Making sense of nature from young people's stories', Poster presentation, Creation and Change, Lancaster University Postgraduate Research Conference 2013, Lancaster, July 2013.

Hayes, T.A (2013) 'Making SenSE of Nature: exploring sensory, spiritual and emotional connections with the Natural Environment', Poster presentation, University of Cumbria Doctoral Colloquium, Lancaster, July 2013.

Practitioner journal

Hayes, T.A. (2013) Seeing the world through their eyes. Learning from a 5 ½ year old, a rabbit and a boat ride with aunty. Horizons 63: pp.36-39.

Public engagement

Hayes, Tracy (2017) 'Why I Volunteer' . From You, column, National Trust Members' Magazine. Swindon: National Trust.

Hayes, Tracy (2016) 'Kids need to fall over. That's part of being alive.' Interviewed by Jessica Moore. i newspaper, Postgrad Diary. 24 March 2016.

Hayes, Tracy (2014) 'I spy with my little eye, something beginning with ...' Windermere Reflections public talk, Ambleside, May 2014. (Unpublished)

Recent external roles

Conference Officer, Geographies of Children, Youth & Families Research Group, responsible for co-ordinating GCYFRG sponsored sessions at RGS-IBG International annual conference, includes liaising with RGS-IBG; committee member of the international conferences on Geographies of Children, Youth and Families.