Dr Alun Morgan

Dr Alun Morgan

Lecturer in Education

Plymouth Institute of Education (Faculty of Arts and Humanities)


Lecturer in Education


PhD MSc PGDip (SciSoc) PGCE BSc (Hons) CGeog

Professional membership

FRGS - Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (with Institute of British Geographers)

CGeog - Chartered Geographer

Teaching interests

Environmental Education 
Education for Sustainability 
Outdoor Learning
Science Education
Geography Education
Geoscience Education
Place Based Education
Ocean Literacy 

Staff serving as external examiners

External Evaluator – The Big Jurassic Classroom Gets Creative with Earth Science (funded byPSTT); INQUIRE- inquiry-based teacher training for a sustainable future EC FP7SiS-2010- (2011-2013)

ExternalExamining - Universityof Plymouth MSc Learning for Sustainability (2011-present); Goldsmith’sPGCE Geography (2005-2008); Nottingham University BEd for Overseas TrainedTeachers (2005-2006)

Course Evaluation and Accreditation - Member of Visiting Team of Experts commissionedby Evaluation Committee of Private Universites (ECPU) of the Republic of Cyprus in the Evaluation of proposed MSc inEducation for the Environment and Sustainable Development,   Frederick University (June 2009)

External Assessor for Forum for the Future’s ‘Masters in Leadershipfor Sustainable Development’ (course revalidation through Middlesex University)(March 2010)

AdvisoryBoard - ‘Global Partnerships as sites for mutuallearning: teachers' professional development through study visits’ ESRC funded(Reference No. RES-061-25-0402)

Research interests

Environmental Education; Education for Sustainability; Outdoor Learning; Geoscience Education; Place Based Education; Ocean Literacy 

Other research

2002-2007 PhDResearch (Thesis Title:- Minding the World: Integral Transformative Learningfor Geographical and Environmental Wisdom)

2002-2004 Research Officer : DUNES Project ( D ialogical and Arg U mentative N egotiation E ducational S oftware) EC FP5 IST-2001-34153

2004-2005 ‘Leadership and education for sustainable development’ WWF/NCSL Pilot e-learningcourse

2005-2008 ‘ThroughOther Eyes’ Project: Project Development Team (Funding from DfIDDevelopment Awareness Fund)

2006-09 ‘LeadingSustainable Schools’ Phase 1 & 2 - IOE, London/WWF-UK/Forum for theFuture funded by National College for School Leadership (NCSL)

2010-2012 ‘ScienceEducation for Diversity’ (SED) EC FP7-SiS 244717

2011-present‘INSTEM: InnovationNetworks in Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics’ (2011-2015) ComeniusNetwork: 527333-LLP-1-2012-1-DE-Comenius-CNW

2013-2014: ‘RETAIN’Collaboration, Innovation and Creativity – Means to RETAIN Teachers inSchools (EU Comenius Multilateral Project LLP)

2-13-2014:  ‘Young enquiring Minds’ (EU Comenius Regio Partnership Scheme LLP)

Research degrees awarded to supervised students


The Contribution of Indigenous Knowledge to an Environmental Education Programme: A Study in St Katherine Protectorate, South Sinai, Egypt
Yousria AbdEl Rahman, Egypt
Awarded - 2009 

Influence of Fieldwork on the Cognitive and Affective Learning of Primary School Children aged 10-11 in Cyprus: A study in the Troodos Mountains of Cyprus
Anna Nicolaou, Cyprus
Awarded - 2010

Key publications are highlighted

Morgan AD 2019 '‘Salting’: preserving, seasoning, savouring, purifying and transforming through ‘marine adventuring’, Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning' Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning , DOI PEARL
Morgan AD 2018 'Culturing the fruits of the forest: realising the multifunctional potential of space and place in the context of woodland and/or Forest Schools' Journal of Outdoor and Environmental Education , DOI PEARL
Morgan A 2012 'Inclusive place-based education for ‘Just Sustainability’' International Journal of Inclusive Education 16, (5-6) 627-642 , DOI
Morgan AD 2010 'Journeys Into Transformation' Journal of Transformative Education 8, (4) 246-268 , DOI
Morgan AD 2010 'The Lord of the Rings – a mythos applicable in unsustainable times?' Environmental Education Research 16, (3 & 4) 383-399 Publisher Site
Morgan AD 2009 'Learning communities, cities and regions for sustainable development and global citizenship' Local Environment 14, (5) 443-459 , DOI
Morgan A 2006 'Developing Geographical Wisdom: Postformal Thinking About, and Relating To, the World' International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education 15, (4) 336-352 , DOI
Morgan AD 2006 'Argumentation, Geography Education and ICT' Geography 91, (2) 126-140
Morgan AD 2005 'The Global Dimension: Contexts Within Contexts' Zeitschrift für Internationale Bildunsforschung und Entwicklungspädagogik 28, 26-28
Morgan AD & Waite S 2018 'Nestling into the World: The Importance of Place and Mutuality in the Early Years' in Huggins V; Evans D Early Childhood Care and Education for Sustainability: International perspectives London Routledge 55-66
Morgan AD, Wegerif, R, Postlethwaite KP, Skinner N, Mansour N & Hetherington LEJ 2013 'Dialogic Science Education for Diversity' in Wegerif R; Mansour N Science Education for Diversity: Theory and Practice Dordrecht, NL Springer
Morgan AD 2011 'Morality and geography education' in Butt G Geography, Education and the Future London Continuum 187-205
Morgan AD 2011 'Place-based education versus geography education?' Geography, Education and the Future London Contiuum 84-108
Morgan AD 2011 'Places of Transformation in the Secret Garden' in Horne JC; Sanders JS Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden at 100 Lanham, MD Scarecrow Press 81-98
Morgan AD, Bourn & D 2010 'Development Education, Sustainable Development, Global Citizenship and Higher Education: Towards a Transformatory Approach to Learning' in Carpentier V; Unterhalter E Global inequalities in Higher Education: Whose interests are you serving? London Palgrave 268-286
Morgan AD 2009 'Education for Sustainable Development and Geography Education' in Brooks C Studying PGCE Geography at M-Level: Reflection, research and writing for professional development Routledge Publisher Site
Morgan AD 2008 'Growing up in Outer London – a UK ‘Youthscape’ Case Study' in Gerber R Children’s Lifeworlds: Locating Indigenous Voices New York Nova Science Publishers 101-117
Morgan AD 2006 'Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship: The ‘New Agenda’ for Geographical Education in England and Wales' in Chi-kin Lee J; Williams M Environmental and Geographic Education for Sustainability New York Nova Science Publisher Inc.

Other academic activities

International Research inDevelopment Education and Global Learning (IRDEGL)

EditorialBoard Member; Reviewer

Environmental EducationResearch (EER)

regular‘book reviewer’; regular article ‘peer reviewer’