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Lecturer in Outdoor Learning

The University of Edinburgh - Education, Teaching and Leadership, closes 1 March 2018

Short-term part-time RA role

Might suit grad students, recruiting for a research assistant to work on a small research project involving people’s perceptions of the concept of nature connection. It would suit someone with a social science background capable of qualitative analysis. 

Pay is in the order of £14.35 per hour, + option to enrol in pension. Investigating the concept of nature connection. 

The term nature connection (and related terms nature connectedness, connection to nature, connectedness to nature) is used by people from a range of academic and practitioner backgrounds. There are a range of academic perspectives working in this field from those interested in environmental / sustainability issues, and environmental education, through to those interested in health / wellbeing and psychology. The term nature connection appears to be used and understood very differently by different communities of research and practice. In collaboration with academics from Cumbria and Sheffield Hallam universities, I am undertaking a survey of those engaged in research and practice related to nature connection to gain a better insight on what these different stakeholder communities understand by the term nature connection, including those who work with nature connection as a recognised construct as part of their work, and those who use the term more generally. 

Through an online survey system (Qualtrics) participants will be asked to define nature connection in 50 words. They will also be asked some background information to enable us to characterise the respondent (while remaining anonymous) and associate definitions with different groups of respondents: practitioner, academic, disciplinary background etc. Analysis of responses will be by content or thematic analysis, using NVIVO or similar. Through the work, the student will learn to use online survey and data analysis software, and develop a data base of relevant literature on the topic. The findings will underpin further work on a systematic review of nature connection in the academic literature, and a bid for funding for further research on the nature connection – health – wellbeing nexus.

Contact: Frances Harris: f.harris@herts.ac.uk 

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Call for Book Chapter

Contemplations in Health and Wellbeing: Re-calibrating the Sustainable Development Goals’ Agenda. Deadline 20 February 2018

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  • Developing a common Quality Assurance framework for Green Care: Kathryn Rossiter (Thrive) and Rachel Bragg (Care Farming UK) members of the National Outdoors for All Working Group (and Rachel is also a member of the OfA SRG) have asked me to share this opportunity with you for a research partner for work in ‘Developing a common Quality Assurance framework for Green Care’. The deadline for expressions of interest is 22 January. EOI and any queries etc please send to rachel@carefarminguk.org 

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