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Mrs Katie Parsons

Research Assistant

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Science and Engineering
  • Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Qualifications

  • PhD (University of Hull)

Summary

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.

Undergraduate

Katie has taught on the Social Change and Social Justice module alongside Lisa Jones and has delivered Forest School sessions to undergraduate students within the Education suite programmes.

Katie is currently applying for an Associate Fellowship (AFHEA).

Recent outputs

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Journal Article

"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

Muddy knees and muddy needs: parents perceptions of outdoor learning

Parsons, K. J., & Traunter, J. (2019). Muddy knees and muddy needs: parents perceptions of outdoor learning. Children's Geographies, 1-13. https://doi.org/10.1080/14733285.2019.1694637

Muddy knees and muddy needs: parents' perceptions of outdoor learning

Parsons, K. J., & Traunter, J. (2020). Muddy knees and muddy needs: parents' perceptions of outdoor learning. Children's Geographies, 18(6), 699-711. https://doi.org/10.1080/14733285.2019.1694637

Presentation / Conference

Mapping hedgerow gaps and fostering positive environmental behaviours through a combination of citizen scientists and artificial intelligence

Parsons, K., & Wolstenholme, J. (2021, April). Mapping hedgerow gaps and fostering positive environmental behaviours through a combination of citizen scientists and artificial intelligence. Presented at EGU General Assembly 2021 (European Geosciences Union), vEGU21: Gather Online

INtergenerational Stories of Erosion and Coastal community Understanding of REsilience ‘INSECURE’

Parsons, K., Jones, L., & Halstead, F. (2021, April). INtergenerational Stories of Erosion and Coastal community Understanding of REsilience ‘INSECURE’. Presented at EGU General Assembly 2021 (European Geosciences Union), vEGU21: Gather Online

Research interests

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.