I have spent all of my professional career in education. First, I taught as a primary school teacher in Ireland for ten years between 1986- 1996. Whilst a teacher, I designed in-service environmental education CPD using the outdoors as the key educational context. My own doctorate at University of Stirling (completed 1999) looked at pupils’ participation in changing outdoor places. Since then I have worked as a researcher and senior lecturer and I now work in the Faculty of Social Sciences - Education. Currently, I teach on the EdD, MRes (Educational Research) and on the Initial Teacher Education programme (primary); I supervise students at masters and doctorate level.
My substantive research interests include: young people's participation in change, the place-related dimensions of learning and human-environment interaction, outdoor and environmental learning, education for sustainable development and global citizenship, rights-based education, citizen science & learning, intergenerational /child-adult relations, learners’ experiences of formal and non-formal education, visual and participatory research. I take a broadly 'new materialist' approach to ontological and epistemological issues in research.
Profile / Papers Link: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Greg-Mannion
I have received funding as PI or Co-PI from various government bodies and councils. I have gained funding for three doctoral candidates (ESRC and charity funding).
To date, major project funding (over £2M) for studies has come from the Economic and Social Research Council and the Medical Research Council.
Other funding Bodies: Scottish Natural Heritage, Scottish Government, Generations Working Together, Ernest Cook Trust, Learning through Landscapes.
Past Project Examples:
Teaching Learning and Play in the Outdoors
Literacies for Learning in Further Education: https://www.lancaster.ac.uk/lflfe/description/introduction.htm
Current project example:
GOALD: Connectivity and Digital Design for Health and Well-being Across Generations, Places and Spaces https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/research/centre-for-health-technology/goald
Some of my current / recently completed doctoral students and their focal areas are noted here:
Polli:Nation Project: Environmental education via citizen science and conservation - Andy Ruck, GfL - charity funded. [Successfully defended]
Patrizio deRossi (ESRC funded) has submitted and defended his thesis on active play in lower secondary schools.
Armed forces' children's experience of education - Evelyn Cook, RCET charity /ESRC funded. [Successfully defended]
Photographs and their role in supporting learning - Matthew Sowerby. (Part-time PhD)
Education in Outdoor Settings: The role of the teacher in more-than-human curriculum making - this recent study was completed by Jonathan Lynch (Successfully defended)
The role of the school nurse is being researched by Alison Hackett (Supervision led by K Stoddart in Health Sciences)
Will Smith has been researching National Park Visitor Behaviour and Capercaillie Conservation - (ESRC funded) (Co supervised with Prof Nils Bunnefeld, Natural Sciences)
Anastasia Fjodorova is researching the experiences of students and staff of fine arts degrees (Co-supervised with Dr M Michael)
Carol Gallagher is researching the role of arts-based provisions outdoors for women who are prison-experienced (Co-supervised with Dr M Michael)
Kevin Judge is researching the social practice of bridge playing through the lifecourse (First Supervisor is Professor C Hennessy) (Funded by English Bridge Education and Development) Related PI is Prof S Punch.