Katie Parsons

Mrs Katie Parsons

Researcher

Faculty and Department

  • Institutes
  • Energy and Environmental Institute

Qualifications

  • PhD (University of Hull)

Summary

Katie is working part time as a transdisciplinary researcher, whist she obtains her PhD. Her PhD is 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 researcher allows her to work on a number of 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.

Katie has recently developed the Climate Change Essential CPD which brings together her own educational approach of Knowledge, Exploration and Answers and Solutions and Actions with expertise from the world-renowned Energy and Environment Institute at the University of Hull. Katie created this short programme which combines light-touch theory with practical and interactive approaches to learning about climate science, climate justice, the regulatory environment, and the action we can all take now in our personal and professional lives to make a difference.

Additionally 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.

Recent outputs

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Journal Article

2020-Vision: understanding climate (in)action through the emotional lens of loss

Jones, L., Halstead, F., Parsons, K., Le, H., Ha Bui, L. T., Hackney, C., & Parsons, D. (in press). 2020-Vision: understanding climate (in)action through the emotional lens of loss. Journal of the British Academy, 9(s5), 29-68. https://doi.org/10.5871/jba/009s5.029

A journey of emotions from a young environmental activist

Halstead, F., Parsons, L. R., Dunhill, A., & Parsons, K. (2021). A journey of emotions from a young environmental activist. Area, https://doi.org/10.1111/area.12745

Other

How students can use storytelling to bring the dangers of climate change to life

Parsons, K., Halstead, F., & Jones, L. (2021). How students can use storytelling to bring the dangers of climate change to life

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 (green, blue and grey spaces), environmental education and climate literacy, 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.