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Elsa Lee



Research Associate (Faculty of Education and Homerton College)

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+ 44 (0)1223 767611


  • PhD (University of Bath)
  • MA Environmental Education (University of Bath)
  • PGCE King’s College (University of London)
  • BSc Hons Plant Science

Membership of Professional Bodies/Associations

  • Environmental and Sustainability Education Research Network at European Educational Research Association
  • British Education Research Association
  • Scientific Board Member: UGhent ITN 'Sustainability Education: Teaching and learning about wicked matters of public concern.'

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Elsa is an educationalist with an interest in environmental and sustainability education and citizenship education. The focus of her current research project is how children perceive and articulate their place at both the local and the global level. She is co-ordinating the Education element of this interdisciplinary AHRC funded project entitled Pathways to Understanding the Changing Climate: time and place in cultural learning about the environment. This has involved the development of a method to elicit articulations from children about their existing awareness of place which included walking with children as guides through their neighbourhoods. These walks have been followed up by a programme of interventions that have included masterclasses with artists and authors and global linkups to help children to develop and further articulate how they perceive and appreciate their connections to the places they know.. 

Elsa and David Whitley have recently successfully obtained further funding from the AHRC to work on a project entitled: Healthy Waterways: Connecting communities locally and globally. This project will connect an on-going project in South Africa called the Aller River Pilot Project with another on-going project in the Norfolk Broads around issues of water and sanitation and community engagement.

Elsa is a reviewer for the journal Environmental Education Research, amongst others, and a co-convenor and reviewer for network Environmental and Sustainability Education Research for the European Conference on Educational Research. . She is a regular presenter at this conference having presented there since 2011.

Before taking up this post Elsa studied for her Masters and Doctorate at the University of Bath. During her time as a doctoral student she completed a number of research projects for CREE (Centre for Research in Education and the Environment) at the University of Bath on environmental education and also worked on a project for the HEA on CATS in the UK. As student representative for the Department of Education at the University of Bath, Elsa and her fellow students edited a book of contributions about doctoral research entitled: ‘Research Journeys: A Collection of Narratives of the Doctoral Experience’ which will be published in December. Elsa has ten years of experience teaching Science and Biology at secondary school level both in England and in Mexico.

Academic Area/Links

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Research Topics

  • Environmental Education
  • Education for Sustainable Development
  • Place - local and global
  • Citizenship Education
  • Intergenerational Learning

Current Research Project(s)

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Elsa supervises dissertations on the Education Tripos undergraduate programme.

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Principal and Recent Publications


Lee, E., Blackmore, C. and Seal, E.  (2013) Research Journeys: A Collection of Narratives of the Doctoral Experience. Cambridge Scholars Publishing: Newcastle-Upon-Tyne Reports

Articles & Reports

Lee, E, R Irvine, B Bodenhorn, D Amarbayasgalan (2016) Changing climates, different cultures: school curricula and children’s perceptions, Environmental Education Vol 112 (Summer): pp23-25

Irvine, R, E Lee, M Strubel, B Bodenhorn (2016) Exclusion and reappropriation: experiences of contemporary enclosure among children in three East Anglian schools, Environment and Planning D Environment and Planning D 34(5):935-954

Lee, E.U. (in press) The Eco-club: a Place for the Becoming Active Citizen. Environmental Education Research DOI: 10.1080/13504622.2016.1149552

Barratt Hacking, E., Scott, W. and Lee, E., (2010) Evidence of Impact of Sustainable Schools. Other. Department for Children, Schools and Families  (DCSF).