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Dr Hamish Ross

Senior Lecturer in Social Studies & Environmental Studies

Education, Teaching and Leadership (ETL)


Tel: +44 (0)131 651 6410


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  • MA (hons) (Universty of St Andrews)
  • PhD (St Andrews)
  • MSc (Edinburgh)
  • PGCE (Secondary) (Moray House)

Before joining the University of Edinburgh my background was in industry, the earth and environmental sciences, and in secondary school teaching.

Principal interests

  • Environmental, sustainability and global education
  • Pupil voice, participation and citizenship education
  • Place-based education

Research Supervision:    

I currently supervise:

  • Shang Zhan Lee, who is looking at place-based education and teacher professional development
  • Jenn Watts, who is looking at training for wilderness decision-making
  • Margarida Paulos, who is evaluating the sustainable schools initiative
  • Jane Spiteri, who is looking at early childhood and sustainability education in Malta

Current and recent research

  • Citizenship, voice and the primary-secondary transition (research project funded by theGordon Cook Foundation), with Dr Jane Brown
  • 'A natural curriculum: improving the quality and availability of outdoor learning in schools' (research project funded by the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation)
  • The challenges and purposes of citizenship education in primary schools in areas of socio-economic deprivation (research project funded by the Gordon Cook Foundation as a research initiative for the Five Nations Network), with Dr Jane Brown
  • Teachers' professional development and recognition in sustainable development education (research project funded by the GTCS)
  • The relevance of 'dwelling' in outdoor education, with Dr Greg Mannion of the University of Stirling
  • The meanings of 'global citizenship' (with The University of Stirling as part of the International Development Education Association of Scotland's project, 'Taking a Global Approach to Initial Teacher Education'
  • Teachers experiences of situated, place-based outdoor learning programmes (with Dr Simon Beames)


Publications list for Dr Hamish Ross


I am responsible for the Social Studies curriculum area of the School of Education's teacher training programmes. I supervise Masters and PhD students and also teach on the following multi-disciplinary MSc courses:


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