Dr Roger Cutting

Dr Roger Cutting

Associate Professor (Senior Lecturer) in Environmental Studies

Plymouth Institute of Education (Faculty of Arts & Humanities)


Programme Leader for the MSc in Learning for Sustainability


BSc(Hons) P.G.C.E., Dip ASHE, PhD

Teaching interests

I teach on and contribute to a variety of undergraduate and post-graduate modules concerned both with Sustainability and Global Education. I also have a an interest in Science Education. The modules that I lead are specifically:

MSc Module Leadership:

MLS5704 Global Education: Theory and Practice
MLS5706 Research Project

BA (Hons) Module Leadership

EDST405 Introduction to Global Education
EDST406 Early Adventures
EDST516 Sex and Relationship Education
EDST604 Global Education: Learning in an Interconnected World

I also contribute to the MA in Education as a dissertation supervisor and similarly with the EdD (Professional Doctorate)

Plymouth Plus Module Leadership

Education for Sustainability in Action.

Doctoral Supervision

Presently I am a supervisor for three Doctoral students.

Fatmah Alotaibi - A Critical Exploration of the Introduction of Active Learning in Saudi Arabian Universities
Kelly Davis - Dialogue makes a difference; but how do we get there?
Matt Wharf - Still at proposal RDC1 phase

Research interests

My research interests are primarily in the areas of Education for Sustainability and Global Education. My doctoral thesis, while based more around the science of sustainability, also addressed the nature and loss of indigenous knowledge and practice in relation to environmental management and practices. 

My subsequent research and writing has addressed different aspects of pedagogy adopted in Education for Sustainability (EfS) and has attempted to provide rigorous and critical expositions of them.
More recently I have become interested in the potential influences of EfS in distinct the areas of activism, radicalism and extremism.

Current projects include:

Reviewing the historical use in England of Outdoor Education and environmental engagement by political groups to organise and radicalise young people.

Exploring with undergraduate environmental activists how their activism influences their learning at degree level and how their learning influences their activism.

Exploring with students their views on UK anti-radicalisation policies.

Working with environmental groups evaluating the experiential leaning that takes place when involved in environmental and conservation projects. 

Recent funded research;

P.I. for Wild Wood: A longitudinal evaluation of the impact upon disadvantaged primary age children attending outdoor learning over a 3 year period. In partnership with the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust. Funded by the Blagrave Trust.

P.I. for An evaluation of learning through the development of community-based wood fuel co-operatives. Funded by the Seale Hayne Educational Trust.

P.I. for Practitioner Views on the Role of Spirituality in Outdoor Education (Funded by the Institute of Education)

I am also a member of the team on the following project; Implementing and evaluating a method of cooperative inquiry to embed education for sustainable development (ESD) across all programmes offered by Plymouth Institute of Education (Funded by Pedrio, Plymouth University)

Other research

Member of the Learning Outside Formal Education Research Cluster

Member of the Outdoor and Environmental Education Research Network


Cutting, R. L., and Kelly, O. (2014) Creative Teaching in Primary Science. London:Sage Publishing. 

Summers, D. and Cutting, R. L. (2016) Education for Sustainable Development in Further Education: Embedding Sustainability into Teaching, Learning and the Curriculum. (Basingstoke:Palgrave Macmillan).


Bettany, J., Cutting, R. L. and Kelly, O. (2017) Understanding places and people through history and geography outside the classroom. In  Waite, S. (Ed) Children Learning Outside the Classroom  2nd Edition (London:Sage)

Cutting, R. L., and Summers, D. (2016) Introducing Education to Sustainable Development. In Summers, D. and Cutting, R. L. (2016) Education for Sustainable Development in Further Education: Embedding Sustainability into Teaching, Learning and the Curriculum. (Basingstoke:Palgrave Macmillan). pp-1-9

Cutting, R. L. (2016) Sustainability and Community Initiatives: Where's the FE Sector? In Summers, D. and Cutting, R. L. (2016) Education for Sustainable Development in Further Education: Embedding Sustainability into Teaching, Learning and the Curriculum. (Basingstoke:Palgrave Macmillan). pp249-262

Cutting, R. L. (2016) Developing Pedagogic Approaches to Encourage Decision-making, Invention and Problem-solving. In Summers, D. and Cutting, R. L. (2016) Education for Sustainable Development in Further Education: Embedding Sustainability into Teaching, Learning and the Curriculum. (Basingstoke:Palgrave Macmillan). pp263-278

Cutting, R. L., and Summers, D. (2016) Looking to the Future. In Summers, D. and Cutting, R. L. (2016) Education for Sustainable Development in Further Education: Embedding Sustainability into Teaching, Learning and the Curriculum. (Basingstoke:Palgrave Macmillan). pp 279-289

Cutting, R. L. and Kelly, O. (2015) “We weren’t taught this way”. Overcoming problems with the transition to new forms of pedagogy in Science and Sustainability’. In Stratton, S., Hagevik, R., Feldman, A. and Bloom, M. (Eds) Educating Science Teachers for Sustainability. (New York: Springer) 421-441

Cutting R. L. & Garrett, B. (2012) An Evaluation of using Web 2.0 Technologies to Develop International Study Partnerships Between Students in Africa, Europe and North America. In New Perspectives in Science Education. (Florence: Simoelli University Press).

Cutting, R. L. & Kelly, O. (2011) Human, Social and Environmental Understanding. In Waite, S. (Ed) Children Learning Outside the Classroom (London:Sage) 106-119.

Cutting, R., Cook, R. & Summers, D. (2010) If Sustainability Needs New Values; Whose Values? Initial Teacher Training and the Transition to Sustainability. In Selby, D., Sterling, S. & Jones, P. (Eds) Sustainability Education London. Earthscan.

Waite, S., Cutting, R., Cook, R., Burnett, J. and Opie, M. (2009) Learning Outside the Classroom In Environments for Experiential Enrichment. In: Nygaard, C., Holtham, C. and Courtney N. (Eds) Improving Students’ Learning Outcomes. (Copenhagen. Copenhagen Business School Press) 239 - 256

Cutting, R. (2009) Widening Participation in Adult Education. In: Gibson, S and Haynes, J. (Eds) Perspectives On Participation and Inclusion: Engaging Education. (London. Continuum). 147-165

Peer Reviewed Papers

Cook, R., Cutting, R. L. and Honey, S. (in press) Environmental Activism and its Influence on Learning in Sustainability Education in Higher Education.

Cutting, R. L. (2015) Contemporary Reflections on Outdoor Education and English ‘Organic’ Fascism in the 1930’s. Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14729679.2015.1086661

Bell, J. and Cutting, R.L. (2014) Social or Anti-social Forestry? An evaluation of community-based ‘social forestry’ working groups. The Quarterly Journal of the Royal Society of Forestry 108 (3)

Cutting, R. L. and Cook, R. (2014) 'Low Impact Communities' and Their Value to Experiential Education for Sustainability in Higher Education. Journal of Adventure Education & Outdoor Learning Journal of Adventure Education & Outdoor Learning, 14 (3) 247-260.

Cutting, R. L. & Garrett, B. (2014) Ways of Knowing: Realism, non-realism, nominalism and a typology revisited. Nursing Inquiry 39 (104).

Cutting, R. L. & Garrett, B. (2012) Using Social Media to Promote International Study Partnerships. Nurse Education Today (12) 340-345

Cutting R, and Cook, R. (2009) The World Environmental Education Congress 2007: a critical appraisal. Environmental Education Research 15 (2), 177-187

Kelly, O and Cutting, R. (2008) Going Up Alleys To See If They’re Blind: The use of problem solving as a basis for teaching undergraduate science programmes. The Proceedings of the International Organisation for Science and Technology Teaching Symposium. Kursadasi, Turkey. 21-26 September 2008. p944-952

Cutting, R. & Cook, H. (2008) The contribution of ancient water meadows to future agricultural sustainability. The Journal of Farm Management 13 (5), 351-361

Cutting, R. & Cook, H. (2008) The Harnham Water Meadows Trust. Complex management for a heritage landscape by the voluntary sector. The Journal of Farm Management 13 (5), 361-368

Cutting, R. &Cook, R (2007) “Intergenerational Conflict and Education for SustainableDevelopment” The Proceedings of the 4th World Environmental Education Congress,Durban, South Africa 2-6 July 2007 available on-linehttp://www.bgci.org/worldwide/event/0045

Cutting, R. (2007) Drowning by Numbers: The mechanics of floated water meadows. In Cook, H. F. &Williamson, T. Water Meadows: History, Ecology & Conservation Windgather Press. p70-82

Cummings I.P.F. & Cutting, R. (2007) The Effects of Floatingon Plant Communities. In: Cook, H. F. & Williamson, T. Water Meadows:History, Ecology & Conservation. Windgather Press. p82-94

Everard, M.,Cook, H. F. & Cutting, R. (2005) The origins of water meadows. In Everard,M. (Ed) Water on the Landscape. Keele University Press. Chapter 1 p5-19

Cutting,R. & Cook, H.F. (2005) Physical & Chemical Impacts. In Everard, M. (Ed) Water on the Landscape. Keele University Press. Chapter 2.08p103-109

Cutting, R. & Cook, H.F. (2005) Sediment, nutrients & grassgrowth In Everard, M. (Ed) Water on the Landscape. Keele University Press.Chapter 4.02. p267-277

Cutting,R., Cummings I.P.F. & Cook H. F. (2003)Hydraulic conditions, oxygenation, temperatures & sediment relations of bedwork watermeadows. Hydrological Processes.17 pp 1823-1843

Cutting,R., CummingsI.P.F. & Cook H. F. (2003) Influences of the ‘floating’ method of watermeadow management on early growth, productivity & floristic diversity. InJarvet, A & Lode E, (Eds) Ecohydrological Processes in Northern Wetlands -Selected Papers. Tallinn - Tartu. pp138 – 143

Cook, H.F., Cummings, I.P.F.& Cutting, R. (2003) Flooding, irrigation & sequestration of carbon,phosphorus & nitrogen in floodplain topsoil under grass. In Jarvet, A &Lode E, (Eds) Ecohydrological Processes in Northern Wetlands - Selected Papers. Tallinn - Tartu. pp181 – 188

Cutting,R., Buhler, W., Cummings I.P.F.& Cook H. F. (2003) Productivity & Soil Nutrient Relations of Bedwork Watermeadows. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment
Cutting R. (2002) Attenuation of suspended sediments & nutrient fluxes during the flooding of Water Meadows. In: A New Treatise on Watering. The Harnham Water Trust.

Cutting,R., & Cummings, I.P.F. (2000) Water meadows: their form operation &plant ecology. In Cook, H.F. & Williamson, T. (Eds) Water Management in theEnglish Landscape: Field, Marsh & Meadow. Edinburgh University Press, 157-178

Cutting, R., Cook, H.F. & Cummings, I.P.F. (2000) Tales from theRiver Bank: An interim report on current research into the form & functionof water meadows. The Research Bulletin: A Journal of Reflections on Work inProgress. Vol 6 pp105 -116

Cutting, R., (2000) Accessing Science: Changingperceptions to learning of a student cohort from entry to degree. The ResearchBulletin: A Journal of Reflections on Work in Progress. Vol 6 pp105 -116