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

    EH9 3JG Edinburgh

    United Kingdom


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Currently 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. With a desire to accomodate for all learning styles, and 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 study examined the relationship between natural environments in urban spaces and the link to health and wellbeing improvements, including physical and mental indicators (blood sampling, physical activity and psychology). I also have a master’s degree (MSc) in Environmental Sustainability from the University of Edinburgh, and a Bachelors of Science in Sustainable Environmental Management, from Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) which is awarded by The University of Edinburgh.


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 have been part of the cross-campus group fomulated to make our courses SEEDABLE (Sustainable, Active and Blended and Enterprising), and in 2025 will be involved in revalidation. Also holding an Associate Fellowship from the Higher Education Academy and 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

Currently working with the British Science Association on the Community Buddies programme. This involved a grant to work with the Senior Milan Welfare Association to engage older adults in gardening and learning about wider science topics. 

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

Previous research projects: 

  • Peel Land and Property Research Grant
    • Co-Investigator, with £52,000 to lead data collection across Social Value and Investment,
  • Seedcorn Funding Grant, The University of Manchester
    • Co-Investigator, gaining a research grant (approx £3,00) to lead data collection across the concept of 'Ageism in the pandemic', focusing on the vaccination programme roll-out.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Identifying the health, wellbeing and social impacts in older adults using nature-based projects: a case study of care farming and community gardening interventions in Greater Manchester., 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



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


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