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  • West Mains Road, Kings Buildings, Peter Wilson Building

    EH9 3JG Edinburgh

    United Kingdom

20212021

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Biography

I currently feed into the teaching on Environmental Management and Wildlife Conservation Management streams. Covering a variety of modules including Environmental Awareness, Biology, Rural Land Use, and Biodiversity Conservation, I am trying to make sure my materials are up-to-date, engaging and accomodate for all learning styles.

Prior to this, my PhD research examined the relationship between natural environments in urban spaces and the link to health and wellbeing improvements. I also have a master’s degree (MSc) in Environmental Sustainability from the University of Edinburgh, and a BSc in Sustainable Environmental Management, from Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) and awarded by The University of Edinburgh.

Teaching

I contribute to several modules including: 

  • Environmental Awareness (cross programmes, year 1)
  • Biology (year 1)
  • Professional Software Applications (year 1, taking lead in 2022/23)
  • Rural Land Use (cross programmes, year 1)
  • Biodiversity Conservation (year 1)
  • Ecology and Ecosystems (year 1)
  • Rural Planning and Environmental Assessment (year 3)
  • Action for Biodiversity (year 4)
  • Alongside supervising a number of Honours and Masters students. 

I do have an Associate Fellowship from the Higher Education Academy and am in the process of gaining a PGCert in Tertiary and Higher Education.

Research interests

My research interests are interdisciplinary and surround the broad area of sustainable environments with my work particularly focusing on the idea of community empowerment and public health. I am particularly interested in aspects of:

  • Human-environment interactions 
    • Health and wellbeing
    • The adoption and validity of social prescriptions
    • Conservation
    • Conflict
  • Socio-environmental issues
    • Behaviour change
    • Social cohesion
    • Reducing inequalities, empowerment and activism
  • Improving access to knowledge on green environments
  • Planning for sustainable cities (bridging the gap to rural)
  • Methodological innovations

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Health and wellbeing of older adults using nature-based activities, University of Salford

Award Date: 29 Jul 2022

Master, Environmental Sustainability, School of Geosciences, University of Edinburgh

Award Date: 29 Nov 2018

Bachelor, Sustainable Environmental Management, Scotland's Rural College

Award Date: 1 Aug 2017

External positions

The University of Salford

20182021

Keywords

  • GF Human ecology. Anthropogeography
  • Human geography
  • Social science
  • Health geography

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