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Alexia is a Lecturer in the School of Education and Social Work. She currently teaches on the MA (Hons) and MEd programmes. 

Alexia works at the intersection of psychology and education, and in particular outdoor learning and the human-nature interactions in educational settings and beyond. She is currently exploring how different experiences and pedagogical approaches can promote (or hinder) nature connectedness in children. She is also interested in the promotion of mental health and wellbeing across the life span, through interactions with the natural world.   

Alexia’s other research interests include:

Mental health and wellbeing through human-nature interactions

Nature connectedness in education

Research-informed education practice

Interplay between academic research and teacher practice
Alexia is a Consulting Editor for the International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education and on the Editorial Board of the Journal for Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning.  


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Research, University of York

Award Date: 9 Dec 2017

PGCE Early Years , University of Cambridge

Award Date: 1 Jun 2005

Master of Social Science, University of Oxford

Award Date: 1 Jul 2003

Doctor of Philosophy, A new focus for education? Nature connection as a goal for all education: Theoretical, research and practical perspectives

External positions

External Examiner, University of Cumbria

1 Feb 2021 → …


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