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Children and young people’s local environment perspectives

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  • Full or part time
    Ms E Barratt-Hacking
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Self-Funded PhD Students Only
    Self-Funded PhD Students Only

Project Description

Elisabeth Barratt Hacking leads a programme of research into the environmental dimension to children’s wellbeing focusing on the relationship between children and their local environment/ local community.

The goal of this programme is to explore
• how the environment and environmental experience influences the wellbeing of children and youth;
• how children’s local environment perspectives can be used by schools and local communities, for example, through place-based learning initiatives;
• the participation of children and youth in environmental research / action, specifically to do with local environment sustainability.

This programme seeks to develop innovative participatory methodologies for research with children (and teachers) in school settings and so contribute to the theory and practice of children as researchers.

See our website at mphi for further details. Second supervisor is dependent on precise topic of application.

Funding Notes

Elisabeth Barratt Hacking will consider applications from those applicants who are happy to compete for University and Graduate School funding or obtain external funding. Funding is difficult to obtain and highly competitive. You are responsible for researching sources of funding early (in some cases up to 12 months in advance) and applying (in conjunction with your agreed supervisor) for as many as possible. For further details of Graduate School funding competitions see the webpage at


Barratt Hacking, E. Cutter-McKenzie, A. and Barratt, R. (in press). Children as Active Researchers: the potential of environmental education research involving children. In J. Dillon, A. Wals, M. Brody, B. Stevenson (eds.) The Handbook of Research on Environmental Education. AERA/ Routledge.

Barratt Hacking, E., Barratt, R., 2009. Children researching their urban environment: Developing a methodology. Education 3-13, 37 (4), pp. 371-383.

Hacking, E. B., Barratt, R., 2008. A Clash of Worlds: children talking about their community experience in relation to the school curriculum. In: Reid, A., Jensen, B. B., Nikel, J., Simovska, V., eds. Participation and learning: Perspectives on education and the environment, health and sustainability. Springer Press.

Barratt Hacking, E., Scott, W.A.H., Barratt, R., 2007. Children's Research into their Local Environment: Stevenson's gap, and possibilities for the curriculum. Environmental Education Research, 13, 225--245.

Barratt Hacking, E., Barratt, R., Scott, W.A.H., 2007. Engaging Children: research issues around participation and environmental learning. Environmental Education Research, 14 (2), pp. 529-544.

Barratt Hacking E., Scott ,W.A.H., Barratt R., Talbot W., Nicholls D., and Davies K. (2007). Education for Sustainability: schools and their communities in: J. Chi-Lee & M. Williams (eds.) Environmental and Geographical Education for Sustainability: cultural contexts. New York: Nova Science Publishers, 123-137.

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