Katie is a part time research assistant and a part time PhD researcher investigating the lived experiences of children and young peoples relationships with the outdoors. Her research has evolved to capture the Covid pandemic and how this has impacted children and young people during times of national lockdown.
Katie's role as a research assistant sees her time spanned out over several University wide projects, working with the Energy and Environment Institute, the Faculty of Science and the School of Education. Here Katie uses her previous career experience to collaborate with children, young people and communities to explore or mitigate environmental or climate change issues. Katie is an advocate for children's and youth voice and this is central to her practice. She uses creative and participatory methodologies that she has adjusted from previous experience of working with play and creative therapies.
"Children's health and wellbeing in urban environments", by Christina R. Ergler, Robin Kearns and Karen Witten (Eds.), 2017; London: Routledge; 257pp., hardback £ 110.00, ISBN 978-1-472-44601-5
Parsons, K. J. (2020). "Children’s health and wellbeing in urban environments", by Christina R. Ergler, Robin Kearns and Karen Witten (Eds.), 2017; London: Routledge; 257pp., hardback £ 110.00, ISBN 978-1-472-44601-5. Children's Geographies, 18(6), 744-745. https://doi.org/10.1080/14733285.2019.1705645
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Katie is interested in outdoor learning, environmental education, climate change, climate justice, children and youths voice, community led initiatives, citizen science, social action, playful approaches and making education and knowledge accessible to all.