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Prof Nicola Walshe
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  • Professor and Head of Department
  • IOE - Curriculum, Pedagogy & Assessment
  • UCL Institute of Education

I am currently Pro-Director of Education at IOE, UCL’s Faculty of Education and Society, a role which gives me strategic oversight of the IOE’s portfolio of educational work. I am also co-founder and Executive Director of the UCL Centre for Climate Change and Sustainability Education the aim of which is to significantly improve climate change and sustainability education within schools by providing free professional development for teachers of all disciplines, all phases and all career stages, underpinned by high quality research.


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. Prior to becoming Pro-Director of Education at IOE, I was Head of Department of Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment, a role which gave me oversight of the strategic and operational development of education,research and knowledge exchange across the Department and its research centres.

Research Summary

Within CCCSE, I lead a research group with internationally significant and sustained expertise in climate change and sustainability education which has received substantial external funding, including from the AHRC, BERA and Leverhulme. Ongoing work includes research exploring climate change and sustainability education across whole-school eco-systems, and a UK-wide survey to measure teachers’attitudes, understanding and competency relating to teaching climate change and sustainability.  Personally, I currently lead two projects, Eco-Capabilities and Branching Out, which explore the processes by which arts-in-nature practice supports children’s connection with the environment and, thereby, their wellbeing. I am co-convenor of the Environmental and Sustainability Education Research network of European Educational Research Association and a UCL Climate Hub Community Expert.

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