Elsa Lee

Research Associate
Contact number: 
01223 767611
Contact email address: 
Year Joined Homerton: 

Elsa is an educationalist with an interest in environmental and sustainability education and citizenship education.  The focus of her current research project is how children perceive and articulate awareness of place at both the local and the global level.  She is coordinating the Education element of this interdisciplinary AHRC funded project entitled Pathways to Understanding the Changing Climate: time and place in cultural learning about the environment.  This has involved the development of a method to elicit articulations from children about their existing perceptions of place. The first phase of this method included walking with children as guides through their neighborhoods.  These walks were followed up by a programme of interventions that have involved masterclasses with artists and authors and global linkups between schools in the UK and abroad (in Alaska, Mongolia, Mexico and South Africa) to help children to develop and further articulate how they perceive and appreciate their connections to the places they know. 

Elsa is a reviewer for the journal Environmental Education Research and a member of the board of conveners and reviewers for network 30: Environmental and Sustainability Education Research for the European Conference on Educational Research.  She is a regular presenter at this conference having presented there since 2012.   She is also a member of NAEE (National Association of Environmental Education). 

Before taking up this post Elsa studied for her Masters and Doctorate at the University of Bath. During her time as a doctoral student she completed a number of research projects for CREE (Centre for Research in Education and the Environment) at the University of Bath on environmental education and also worked on a project for the HEA on CATS in the UK.  Elsa has ten years of experience teaching Science and Biology at secondary school level both in England and Mexico.

Research Interests: 

Environmental Education, Place, Education for Sustainable Development, Intergenerational Learning, Eco-Clubs

Current Research Projects: 

AHRC Pathways to Understanding the Changing Climate: time and place in cultural learning about the environment http://www.cire.group.cam.ac.uk/PathwaysProject

Teaching And Professional Interests: 

Environmental Education

  • BSc (Biology); PGCE, MA (Environmental Education), PhD
  • URS University of Bath PhD Scholarship


  • URS University of Bath PhD Scholarship

Dissertation: How might participation in primary school eco-clubs in England contribute to children’s developing action-competence-associated attributes?



  • Lee, E., Blackmore, C. and Seal, E.  (2013) Research Journeys: A Collection of Narratives of the Doctoral Experience. Cambridge Scholars Publishing: Newcastle-Upon-Tyne Reports


  • Barratt Hacking, E., Scott, W. and Lee, E., (2010) Evidence of Impact of Sustainable Schools. Other. Department for Children, Schools and Families  (DCSF).

Forthcoming Publications:

  • Lee, E.U. (forthcoming) Analysis through Action Competence: deconstructing and reconstructing the theory; Environmental Education Research

  • Lee, E.U. (forthcoming) The Eco-Club: a space to both be and become an active citizen.  Environmental Education Research