The Research Team
There are three researchers from Anglia Ruskin University working on Eco-Capabilities:
Dr Nicola Walshe
The Principal Investigator on the project is Dr Nicola Walshe.
Nicola is Head of School of Education and Social Care at Anglia Ruskin University. Previously she 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 lead the Geography PGCE course at Cambridge University. Nicola is co-convenor of the Environmental and Sustainability Education Research (ESER) network in the European Educational Research Association (EERA) and Secretary of GEReCo (Geography Education Research Collective). Her research interests include environmental and sustainability education, pedagogies at the intersection of nature, the arts and wellbeing, and curriculum and pedagogy within teacher education more broadly. For further information visit: https://aru.ac.uk/people/nicola-walshe.
Dr Zoe Moula
Dr Zoe Moula is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow on the project.
Zoe recently completed her PhD in arts psychotherapies as a tool for the prevention of health difficulties in childhood. She has also earned a BEd in primary education, MSc in therapeutic play, and MRes in health research. Her previous work has included teaching and conducting research at schools and universities in Greece, China, and the UK. Zoe is also a research fellow at the Medical Education Innovation and Research Centre (MEDIC) at Imperial College London, where she is collaborating with national and international institutions on research projects related to the impact of Covid-19 on the identity formation of medical students, and the promotion of inclusion and diversity in medical education.
Dr Elsa Lee
Dr Elsa Lee is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow on the project.
Elsa has been collaborating with Nicola on research at the intersection of art, Nature and wellbeing for the past five years, culminating in the successful proposal to the AHRC for this project. Elsa is also a Research Associate and Principal Investigator at the University of Cambridge for the ESRC Connecting Water to Global Citizenship via Education for Sustainable Development. She is the PGCE College Tutor for Homerton College at Cambridge. Before completing her PhD in Environmental Education Elsa taught science at secondary schools in the UK and Mexico. Elsa is link convenor for of the Environmental and Sustainability Education Research (ESER) network in the European Educational Research Association (EERA) and trustee and vice chair of the executive board for the National Association of Environmental Education. Her research interests include environmental and sustainability education, global citizenship education, the role of the arts and the outdoors for wellbeing, ethnography and posthuman research within education.
We also work with a number of artist co-researchers through Cambridge Curiosity and Imagination (CCI):
Photograph @Jay Parekh
Hilary Cox Condron
Hilary is a designer, participatory artist and creative producer, delivering high social and environmental impact multimedia projects, interventions, events and exhibitions . Having ran a successful design and illustration studio, Hilary’s activism and passion for social justice through the arts informed her participatory practice and she now has over 20 years experience working with schools, new communities, marginalised groups, museums and cultural venues. Through exploring, sharing and celebrating creativity, culture, stories, heritage and the natural environment, Hilary’s practice nurtures a sense of place and identity, building relationships and vision, and empowering long term, positive change.