Dr Lewis Winks
Postdoctoral researcher

Research

Research 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.

Research projects

PhD Title: Toward a relational understanding of outdoor learning experiences in residential settings.

Supervisors: Dr Ewan Woodley and Professor Stewart Barr

Funding: My work is currently supported by the Field Studies Council, Whitley Wildlife and Conservation Trust and the University of Exeter through the ESRC Impact Accelerator Account.

PhD Overview:

My PhD research focuses on the experiences of young people aged between 11-18 learning in residential and outdoor education settings, typically comprising of between 2-6 nights away from home. Throughout 2016 I carried out fieldwork at two settings: Slapton Ley Field Centre and Embercombe – both situated in South Devon, UK. Between them the two case study locations provided a rich and varied insight into the experiences of learning in outdoor settings, with both emancipatory and instrumental approaches toward environmental education. I carried out immersive research in both settings, becoming participant and facilitator/tutor on programmes running between February and November, conducting richly descriptive participant observation, making use of focus groups, and in the case of Slapton Ley, photo elicitation discussions. Emerging from this body of research are four main strands which comprise the core empirical elements of my thesis: discomfort, choice, structure and relationships. Work continues to tease out of this large empirical body a coherent and engaging narrative and involve myself with the task of writing.

I completed my PhD in early 2018 and have been awarded ESRC Impact Accelerator Funding to develop my thesis into training materials and programmes for delivery during summer and autumn 2018. This work continues in partnership with the Field Studies Council.

I am currently working as a research associate on the Exeter Education Incubator.

Publications:

2018

Winks, L. (2018) Framing the Field: A photo essay examining residential fieldwork experiences of secondary school students at Slapton Ley in South Devon, UK. Field Studies Journal. Available online: http://fsj.field-studies-council.org/media/4198219/fs2018_winks.pdf

Winks, L. (2018). Discomfort in the field—The performance of nonhuman nature in fieldwork in South Devon, The Journal of Environmental Education. https://doi.org/10.1080/00958964.2017.1417219

The ACME Resistance. (2018) Geographers Against Trump: Reflections on the First Annual ACME Protest. Contributor. ACME. https://www.acme-journal.org/index.php/acme/article/view/1703

2017

Winks, L. (2017) Discomfort, challenge and brave spaces in Higher Education. Implementing Sustainability in the Curriculum of Universities; World Sustainability Series. Springer.

2016

Winks, L. (2016) The Hand Model – its practical potential for guiding outdoor learning for sustainability. Field Studies. Available online: http://fsj.field-studies-council.org/

2015

Winks, L. (2015) Real World Learning: toward a differentiated framework for outdoor learning for sustainability. Envigogika, 10(3). Available online: http://envigogika.cuni.cz/index.php/Envigogika/article/view/492/642

Winks, L,. Deacon, T. (2015) RWL Hand Model Guidance Notes: Bringing values for sustainability into teaching practice. Real World Learning Network. Available online: http://www.rwlnetwork.org/media/86467/the_hand_model_guidelines__v.4_.pdf

Presentations and Workshops:

Winks, L. (April 2017) Discomfort in the field: Making use of a ‘pedagogy of discomfort’ for outdoor learning for sustainability. Presentation at the American Association of Geographers (AAG), Boston, USA. Also given at RGS-IBG Midterm conference at Cardiff.

Winks, L (September 2016) Outdoor Learning for Sustainability – Reflections on a residential trip with primary PGCE students. Presentation as part of a session organised by the Higher Education Research Group at the annual conference of the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), Kensington, London.

Winks, L (April 2016) Self to Society – overview of Outdoor Learning for Sustainability residential as part of initial teacher training. Outdoor Environmental Education Research Seminar, Edinburgh.

Winks, L., Warren, S., (April 2016) Evaluating behavior change for sustainability within conservation and education. Workshop, held at Bristol Zoo, UK.

Winks, L (December 2015) Nurturing an ethic of care in our work. Outdoor workshop held at the annual conference of the Field Studies Council, Preston Montford, Shropshire, UK.

Winks, L (November 2015) Sustainability Education: lessons from the RWL project. Presentation at the Slapton Ley Field Centre Research Seminar, South Devon, UK.

Winks, L., Hilser, H., (June 2015) Behaviour change for conservation and education practitioners. Workshop, held at Paignton Zoo, South Devon, UK.

Winks, L. (December 2014). Value Added Teaching in Real World Learning – Lessons from the Project. Presentation at the annual conference of the Field Studies Council.

Winks, L. (November 2014) Experiential Education and learning for sustainability. Presentation at the Slapton Ley Field Centre Research Seminar, South Devon, UK.

Training Delivered:

April 2018 – Land based learning and experiential outdoor education. Three-day residential course exploring outdoor and experiential learning with Plymouth University Education Studies students. Held at On The Hill CIC.

January 2018 - Outdoor Learning for Sustainability. Half day outdoor teacher enrichment workshop held at annual staff training for the Field Studies Council based on outputs of thesis.

October 2017 – Experiential learning and education. Three-day residential course exploring outdoor learning within initial teacher training with University of Exeter primary PGCE students. Held at On The Hill CIC.

April 2017 – Early Years teacher training and development. Two-day land-based learning and outdoor education for Early Years practitioners from Plymouth University. Held at Embercombe, South Devon.

March 2016 - Outdoor learning for sustainability. Extended residential trip to Slapton with PGCE students from the University of Exeter. Developing understanding and competencies in outdoor learning for sustainability for trainee teachers. 

March 2015 - Outdoor learning for sustainability. Extended residential trip to Slapton with PGCE students from the University of Exeter. Developing understanding and competencies in outdoor learning for sustainability for trainee teachers. 

Sept – Oct 2014 - Planning and reflecting on outdoor learning for sustainability. Multiple training days delivered to teachers and educators on behalf of the Real World Learning Network at Epping Forest and Preston Montford Field Centres.

January 2015 - Outdoor Learning for Sustainability: values-led practice. Training Day delivered to staff at Slapton Ley Field Centre.

 

Training Attended:

April 2016: Focus Group Methods. Workshop held at the University of Bath, on behalf of the South West Doctoral Training Consortium.

October 2015: Hearing, Seeing, Doing: Reflexivity, Creativity and Collaborations in Research. Two day workshop held at the University of Bath, on behalf of the South West Doctoral Training Consortium.

In progress: LTHE 2: Learning to Teach in Higher Education Stage 2

September 2014: LTHE 1: Learning to Teach in Higher Education Stage 1

April 2014: Values and Competency based outdoor learning for sustainability. Delivered by the Real World Learning Network (RWL) European Partnership. FSC Rhyd-y-Creuau, North Wales.

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