Over the last two decades Outdoor Studies has emerged as an innovative and vibrant field of study. This is the first book to offer a comprehensive appraisal of established and cutting-edge research methods as applied to Outdoor Studies.

Covering qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods, the book examines key methodologies, themes and technologies such as digital research, mobile methodologies, ethnography, interviews, research design, research ethics and ways of disseminating research.

Featuring contributions from leading researchers from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds, this is an essential text for any Outdoor Studies course or for researchers looking for innovative and creative research techniques.

chapter |6 pages


part I|2 pages

Conceptualising and initiating the research process

part II|2 pages

Qualitative methodologies – choosing an appropriate approach

chapter 7|10 pages

Mobilising research methods

Sensory approaches to outdoor and experiential learning research

chapter 8|13 pages

Capturing complexity and collaborative emergence through case study design

An ecosocial framework for researching outdoor sustainability education practice

chapter 10|10 pages


Creating stories that make a difference

chapter 11|9 pages

Thinking the social through myself

Reflexivity in research practice

chapter 12|10 pages

Finding my professional voice

Autobiography as a research method for outdoor studies

part III|2 pages

Contemporary creative qualitative methods

chapter 14|11 pages

Shared-story approaches in outdoor studies

The HEAR (Hermeneutics, Auto/Ethnography and Action Research) ‘listening’ methodological model

chapter 16|11 pages

Practising feminist reflexivity

Collaborative letter writing as method

chapter 17|10 pages

Post-qualitative inquiry in outdoor studies

A radical (non-)methodology

chapter 18|11 pages

Together along the way

Applying mobilities through praxis in outdoor studies field research

chapter 19|11 pages

Mobile methods in outdoor studies

Walking interviews with educators

chapter 20|11 pages

Sensing the outdoors through research

Multisensory, multimedia, multimodal and multiliteracy possibilities

chapter 21|14 pages

Representing experience

Creative methods and emergent analysis

part V|2 pages

Disseminating, communicating and sharing research

chapter 28|12 pages

Research hubs

The theory-practice nexus

chapter 29|13 pages

Knocking on doors in the policy corridor – can research in outdoor studies contribute to policy change?

A professional narrative on shaping educational policy and practice in Scotland