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Simon Kennedy Beames

Department of Teacher Education and Outdoor Studies
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Area of responsibility

Simon Beames is Professor of Outdoor Studies in NIH's Department of Teacher Education and Outdoor Life Studies. He was at the University of Edinburgh from 2005 to 2019 and still retains a .2 position there.

With colleagues in Edinburgh, Simon developed the Outdoor Journeys programme, which is a pupil-driven approach to facilitating local, cross-curricular outdoor learning. His recent funded research projects include the Gordonstoun School study and the Scottish School Inspection Reports study.


  • Outdoor Studies and equalities
  • Learning outside the classroom
  • Social theory and adventure
  • Social theory and outdoor education
  • Outdoor Journeys
  • Adventurous learning


  • Culture, society and friluftsliv
  • Adventurous learning
  • Outdoor Studies, learning and skill development
  • Experiential education

Short biography

Before getting into academia in 2001, Simon worked for 10 years as an outdoor instructor with young people, both leading expeditions and teaching skills courses. His university studies featured a Bachelor of Physical Education at McMaster University, a Master of Science in Experiential Education at Minnesota State University (Mankato), and a PhD on Overseas Youth Expeditions at the University of Chichester.

Simon has published five books:

He still loves teaching outdoors in wild and remote settings, as well as in nearby urban ones.

Current projects include writing papers on Adventure & sustainability and Outdoor Journeys in Italy; co-authoring a book called Outdoor Learning across the Curriculum and developing an Outdoor Journeys app.


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