Louise Mitchell
  • West Mains Road, Kings Buildings, Peter Wilson Building

    EH9 3JG Edinburgh

    United Kingdom

20212024

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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 Action for Biodiversity, Rural Planning and Impact Assessment, Pollution and Resource Recovery, and Rural Land Use.

I am always trying to accomodate for all learning styles, and have a passion for flipped classrooms, allowing all to work through materials at their own pace, engaging with deeper learning and discussion.

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: 

  • Planning and Development (year 1)
  • Professional Software Applications (year 1)
  • Rural Land Use (cross programmes, year 1)
  • Environmental Management Systems (year 2)
  • Graded Unit (year 2)
  • Rural Planning and Environmental Assessment (year 3)
  • Action for Biodiversity (year 4)
  • Alongside supervising a number of Honours and Masters students. 

Previous modules include: 

  • Ecology and Ecosystems (year 1)
  • Environmental Awareness (year 1)
  • Biodiversity Conservation (year 1)
  • Biology (year 1)
  • Conservation Site Management (year 3)

I do have an Associate Fellowship from the Higher Education Academy and have been awarded a PGCert in Tertiary and Higher Education (with Distinction). Prior to this institution I taught across Human Geography, Wildlife and Archeology streams at the University of Salford. 

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

University of Salford

20182021

Keywords

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

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