Dr Lewis Winks
Postdoctoral researcher


I am a researcher and environmental educator living and working in South Devon, UK. I am passionate about the role of education in shaping and informing our relationship with the world around us and have worked for over a decade in the envrionmental sector as both practitioner and researcher in multiple roles. I have worked with organisations seeking systemic social change, such as the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT), and the Field Studies Council at Slapton Ley. I completed my thesis in early 2018, focusing on realtional aspects of residential outdoor learning. This work has since developed into a rich set of training materials, workshops and resources which will be available by the end of November 2018.

When not at my desk, I can be found leaping into rivers, hiking on Dartmoor or contemplating the vibrancy of life on the allotment. I remain committed to practical action, outdoor adventure and the importance of a restorative education through which we might fall back in love with this magnificent world.

My current work focuses on supporting educators to work creatively and to infuse their practice with principles of deep sustianability as well as running workshops, facilitation and teaching.

Related Roles

I am a director of the land-based learning community interest company On The Hill, based in the Teign Valley, near to Exeter, UK.

Broad research specialisms and interests:

outdoor learning for sustainability; environmental education; education for sustainable development; higher education innovation; environmental ethics; care; pedagogy of discomfort; authenticity; participatory action research; emancipatory learning; wild food and foraging; rewilding; animism; citizenship; environmental activism; cycling; climbing.


PhD Human Geography and Education

BSc Geography and Environmental Management


Contact details

AddressAmory Building
University of Exeter
Rennes Drive

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