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Dr Lewis Winks

Last modified: April 17, 2024
ACCESS Leadership College Fellows

Consultant / Researcher
Lestari Environmental Education
Pronouns: He/him/his


The sector(s) I work in: Business, Campaigns and Higher Education

Professional qualifications:

PhD Geography – Environmental Education, Behaviour Change and Outdoor Learning



About the organisation(s) I've worked for

Organisation name:

Lestari Environmental Education

About my experience and expertise

Personal statement:

I am a consultant and a geography Research Fellow at the University of Exeter, with a background in social science, ecology, campaigning and advocacy. My research focuses on nature connectedness, environmental education, behaviour change, and cultures of learning. More recently I have been working with arts-based organisations to consider how creativity can support and catalyse environmental action. I campaign for public access to the countryside with the group Right to Roam and I was part of the effort to return the right to wild camp to Dartmoor National Park.

Key topic areas of research or interest:

I specialise in environmental education, outdoor learning, environmental advocacy, social and cultural relationships with place and more-than-human nature, and access to the countryside. I am experienced in qualitative evaluation and have supported Wildlife Trusts and Ernest Cook Trust to develop ethnographic storytelling techniques to understand nature connectedness and experiences of outdoor learning. I provide research support to the campaign group Right to Roam, making use of GIS mapping to analyse public access to the countryside. I have also provided GIS support to the Campaign for National Parks as part of their national park ‘health check’.

Collaboration opportunities:

I am open to collaboration and welcome conversations about all areas of my work. Please do get in touch if you think we can work together.


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