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Dr Pete Allison FRGS

Senior Lecturer Values and Experiential Learning

Sport, Physical Education and Health Sciences (SPEHS)


Tel: +44 (0)131 651 6001

Location: St Leonard's Land (Rm 4.13), Holyrood Road


My main interests are around values and experiential learning. I am particularly interested in expeditions and the kinds of experiences that people report to be significant. My research is primarily qualitative and/or philosophical in nature although in recent years I have collaborated with others to undertake mixed methods research. My research was entered in RAE 2001, 2008 and REF 2014. I am primarily connected with the Institute PE Research Group.

Knowledge exchange regarding expeditions is an area that I am committed to and in 2011 co-founded for this purpose. More recently I have been working with students and organisations to undertake research projects (recently on cross cultural expeditions in the Desert and through sailing and on volunteer motivations).

Most of my work is with post graduate students (MSc and PhD) and leadership of the Graduate School of Education. I am committed to high quality engaging teaching and learning, addressing inequality, widening participation and education that inspires.

Recent research has been on

  • Connecting Cultures (Oman) is a UNESCO, Al Jaber and Sultan Quaiboos Diwan Royal Court funded project. I am working on research on cross cultural education through journeys in the Sharqiya sands with young people. In 2014 we signed a Memorandum of Understanding and continue to collaborate on curriculum development and research.  This connects to my work with with Prof Tim Stott, Liverpool John Moore's University.
  • Sail Training - I have a strong relationship with Sail Training International and advise them on research and youth development (with Dr Kris Von Wald, Learning and Change Consulting).
  • Personal Development on youth expeditions. A three year project with the British Exploring Society and colleagues (Dr Russell Martindale, Prof Tim Stott, Dr Shirley Gray, Prof John Wang and Dr Christine Nash).
  • Tempus Project three year project working to develop Quality Assurance mechanisms in Universities in Kosovo (with Dr Tina Harrison, Assistant Principal, Quality Assurance).
  • British Association of Snowsport Instructors (BASI) - I lead a collaboration to credit rate all of their courses using the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) (with Andrew Maile and Andrew Horrell).


Principal interests

  • Values and Experiential Learning
  • Youth Development through Sail Training
  • Cross Cultural Education through experiential learning
  • Expeditions for youth development
  • Post Expedition Adjustment and reverse culture shock
  • Kurt Hahn, John Dewey
  • Historical developments of experiential adventure learning
  • Aristotle (especially Phronesis)
  • Ethical dilemmas in outdoor and experiential education
  • Personal Development and adventure learning

Expeditions Patagonia

I have led expeditions to Greenland, central Asia, the Himalayas and Africa:

Leader and Researcher, Connecting Cultures, Oman, 2012, 2014, 2015 (x2)
Reconnaissance, Indian Himalaya 2012 
Chief Leader BSES SW Greenland 2009
Reconnaissance leader SW Greenland BSES 2009
Reconnaissance leader NE Greenland BSES 2007
Expedition Leader Cycling Tibet, Everest, Nepal 2003
Chief Leader BSESE Ladakh 2001
Expedition Leader: Kilimanjaro 2001
Deputy Chief Leader BSES West Greenland 2000
Reconnaissance Ladakh 2000
Reconnaissance leader West Greenland BSES 1999
Expedition leader: Kilimanjaro 1998
Co-leader Himalayan Hand-Cycle Expedition 1997
Chief Mountaineer BSES SW Greenland 1997
Group leader NE Greenland 1990        
YSES Kenya 1989
BSES NE Greenland 1988

Research supervision

Current and recent research

PhD Research Student Supervision (International)

  • Laura Alexichik (Indiana University): Dialogical Cultural Learning in the Middle East: Connecting Cultures (COMPLETED 2016)

PhD Research Student Supervision (Completed)

  • Susan Ahrens (Canada): The Homeless World Cup and Street Soccer (Scotland) – COMPLETED 2015
  • Matthew Pearce (UK School studentship): Physical activity outdoors: Health and well-being implications for young people - COMPLETED 2015
  • Iain Stewart-Patterson (USA): Intuition and decision making in heli ski guiding - COMPLETED 2014
  • Paul Stonehouse (USA): The rough ground of character: A Philosophical Investigation Into CharacterDevelopment, Examining a Wilderness ExpeditionCase Study Through a Virtue Ethical Lens COMPLETED 2011
  • Ralf Westphal (Germany): The outcomes of personal development by the use of Outdoor Training - COMPLETED 2011

 PhD and EdD Examining:

  • 2015 Andrew Freeman, University of Greenwich, UK
  • 2014 Stephen Ritchie, University of Laurentian, Canada
  • 2014 Loel Collins, University of Central Lancaster, UK
  • 2012 Randall Williams, University of Exeter, UK
  • 2011 Susanna Ho, La Trobe University, Australia 
  • 2010, Geoff Platt, The University of Edinburgh, UK
  • 2008 Shirley Gray, The University of Edinburgh, UK
  • 2008, Christine Nash, The University of Edinburgh, UK
  • 2006 Colin Beard, Sheffield Hallam University, UK
  • 2003 Tracey Dickson, University of Queensland, Australia
  • 2002 Mike Brown, University of Wollongong, Australia




 Research Supervision