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Mrs Katie Parsons

Biography Katie is a transdisciplinary researcher, who works part time on her research and part time on her PhD. Katie's PhD is investigating the lived experiences of children and young peoples relationships with the natural environment. Her research looks at how the relationship with the natural environment has evolved during and after the Covid pandemic and how this has impacted children and young people.

Katie's researcher role 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.
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.
Teaching and Learning 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.