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Prof Nicola Walshe
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Appointment
  • Professor and Head of Department
  • IOE - Curriculum, Pedagogy & Assessment
  • UCL Institute of Education
Biography
I am currently Head of Department of Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment at the UCL Institute of Education, a role which gives me oversight of the strategic and operational development of education, research and knowledge exchange across the Department and its research centres.  

My background is in geography education: I originally gained a PhD in glaciology and taught and worked as Head of Geography in three secondary schools in the UK before going on to teach and eventually lead the Geography PGCE course at Cambridge University for ten years. I then moved to Anglia Ruskin University where, ultimately as Head of the School of Education and Social Care, I had overarching responsibility for the leadership of education, research and knowledge exchange across both education and social work provision. 

Research Summary
My research is predominantly in the field of geography education, with a particular focus on high quality teacher education practices in environmental and sustainability education and utilising technology for teacher development. I am Secretary of GEReCo (Geography Education Research Collective), a committee aiming to promote geographical and environmental education globally by undertaking and disseminating high-quality research, and co-convenor of the Environmental and Sustainability Education Research (ESER) network in the European Educational Research Association (EERA). My recent research particularly explores pedagogies at the intersection of nature, the arts and wellbeing; my AHRC-funded project, Eco-Capabilities, examines the processes by which creative, nature-based practice supports the wellbeing of primary school children. 
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