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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 geography teaching.

Principal interests

  • Critical and cultural geography in environmental, sustainability and global education
  • Pupil voice, participation and citizenship education
  • Curriculum policy and interdisciplinary teaching
  • Place-based education

Research Supervision:   

I am keen to supervise under the above headings. I currently co-supervise:

  • 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
  • Rabia Arif, who is examining environmental education in Pakistan

I have also supervised MSc students looking at: environmental activism; animal rights and schooling; sustainable development in higher education; environmental education policy integration (Scotland/Norway); sustainable development education in India; comparative environmental education curricula (UK regions and Australia); sustainable development and environmental education in Japan; the role of science training in environmental education; action research in a University Transition project; outdoor learning and environmental education in Scottish and Canadian policy contexts; hermeneutics, teachers and outdoor learning; place-based education in New York City


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)


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In addition to teaching across the School of Education's teacher training programmes I teach on the following multi-disciplinary MSc courses:

In Initial Teacher Education I am responsible for Secondary stage Geography and Primary stage Social Studies, as well as an undergraduate Honours option in Global learning, citizenship and sustainability.

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