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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.


Adventure and social media; technology and friluftsliv; equality, diversity and the outdoors; learning outside the classroom; social theory; adventuring sustainably; mental health and the outdoors.


Culture, society and friluftsliv; Friluftsliv, learning and skill development; Entrepreneurship and innovation

Short biography

Simon Beames is Professor of Outdoor Studies in NIH´s Institute for Teacher Education and Outdoor Studies.  He came to NIH in 2019 after 14 years at the University of Edinburgh. In Edinburgh, Simon created and developed the Outdoor Journeys programme, which is a pupil-driven approach to facilitating local, cross-curricular outdoor learning.  

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 in Canada, the US, and southeast Asia.  His university studies include a Bachelor of Physical Education at McMaster University, a Master of Science in Experiential Education at Minnesota State University, and a PhD on Overseas Youth Expeditions at the University of Chichester. 

Simon has published five books: Understanding educational expeditions, Learning outside the classroom, Outdoor adventure and social theory, Adventurous learning, and Adventure & society.  His forthcoming co-authored sbook, Outdoor learning across the curriculum, will be published in late 2022.  Simon loves teaching outdoors in wild and remote settings, as well as in nearby urban ones.

His knowledge exchange with practitioners continues through sharing teaching resources on the Outdoor Journeys and Adventurous Learning websites; NIH’s Outdoor Studies Forum initiative; and the recently launched Outdoor Journeys app, which facilitates learning outside the classroom using mobile phones and tablets.

Simon is on the editorial boards of the Journal of Experiential Education and the Journal of Outdoor Environmental Education.

Past and current PhD students include: Jerry Tracey, Clare Nugent, Sharifah Abdullah, Sho Shimoyamada, Rebekah Tauritz, John Pierce, Ethan Lewis, Suzy Paulus, Jack Reed, Imre van Kraalingen, and Dana Kvietkute.


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