Mr Ryan Lumber

Job: Lecturer in Psychology

School/department: School of Applied Social Sciences

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH

T: (0)116 250 6904




Personal profile

Ryan’s doctoral work focussed on Nature Connectedness (the subjective sensation of belonging to a wider natural community), specifically on the pathways to nature connection and its associated benefits to wellbeing and pro-environmentalism. The research utilised a mixed methods approach including theoretical and experimental methodologies, with the thesis currently being amended after a successful Viva Voce exam.

The doctoral research has led to further work including an evaluation of Derby Museum’s nature gallery and associated app development to encourage noticing and connecting to nature, along with research work for the RSPB and Natural England. Alongside this, Ryan was also invited to film a short video on the wellbeing benefits of nature for Forest Holidays:

Key research outputs

  • Richardson, M., Hallam, J. & Lumber, R. (2015). One thousand good things in nature: Aspects of nearby nature associated with improved connection to nature. Environmental Values, 24(5), 603-619. doi: 10.3197/096327115X14384223590131
  • Richardson, M., Maspero, M., Golightly, D., Sheffield, D., Staples, V. & Lumber, R. (2016). Nature: A new paradigm for well-being and ergonomics. Ergonomics, advance online publication
  • Lumber, R., Richardson, M. & Sheffield, D. (in press). The seven pathways to nature connectedness: A focus group study. European Journal of Ecopsychology

Research interests/expertise

  • Nature Connectedness
  • Wellbeing
  • Pro-Environmentalism

Areas of teaching

  • Advanced Dissertation in Applied Psychology Research


  • M.Sc. in Psychological Wellbeing and Mental Health from Nottingham Trent University
  • B.Sc. (Hons) Psychology from the University of Derby

Courses taught

  • B.Sc. (Hons) Psychology
  • Psychological Well-being

Membership of professional associations and societies

  • Graduate Member of the British Psychological Society Since 2011

Conference attendance

  • A 10 minute presentation at Nature Connections (2016) in Derby entitled ‘Connecting Adults with Nature through Contact, Emotion, Meaning, Compassion and Beauty’.
  • Invited speaker to Refloating the Ark: Connecting the Public and Scientists with Natural History Museums (2015) at the University of Manchester. A 30 minute presentation entitled ‘Investigating the Routes to Nature Connectedness through Natural History Museums’.
  • A 10 minute presentation at Nature Connections (2015) in Derby entitled ‘Emotion, Meaning, Compassion and Beauty as Pathways to Nature Connectedness’.  

Externally funded research grants information

A one-year evaluation of the newly created ‘Notice Nature Feel Joy’ gallery at Derby Museum in conjunction with the computing department at the University of Derby. The role entailed the designing of survey items, co-developing an interactive app to administer the survey, analysing the data and producing a report based on the results (December 2015-February 2017). Please email for current availability for consultancy.


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