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
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:
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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