Dr Ria Dunkley
- Senior Lecturer (Pedagogy, Praxis & Faith)
- Associate (School of Health & Wellbeing)
Dr Ria Dunkley is a Senior Lecturer in Geography, Environment and Sustainability within the School of Education at the University of Glasgow. She specialises in ecopedagogy as a route to enabling both an understanding of the climate crisis and empowering individuals, communities and organisations to initiate sustainable solutions through research, education and partnership. She is currently leading the Community Collaboration work within GALLANT, (£10.2 m) based within the Centre for Sustainable Solutions and funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). She is co-chair of the European CIVIS hub for Climate, Energy and Environment, Associate Director of the Centre for Sustainable Solutions and Co-lead for the College of Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Research Theme "Challenges in Changing Cities". Ria also coordinates Spot-a-Bee, a citizen science project run as a collaboration between academics at the University of Glasgow and Cardiff University and the Hidden Environmental Histories of the River Clyde.
Ria's research interests lie in how knowledge is created and understood and how these influence the transmission and circulation of notions of environmental sustainability. Ria's recent publications address community involvement in environmental sustainability initiatives, the meaning of citizen science experiences to involved individuals, and place-based approaches to learning for sustainability.
- GALLANT (Glasgow as a Living Laboratory for Accelerating Novel Transitions), January 2022 -January 2027 (NERC), £10.2M, Co-I and Community Collaboration Workstream Lead.
- GALLANT Diversity and Inclusion Grant, April 2023 - March 2024 (NERC), £139,000, Co-I.
- Global Systems Solutions for Global Soil Health and Soil Heritage, February 2022-March 2022 (NERC), £8,576, Co-I.
- Hidden Environmental Histories of the River Clyde, June-September 2021, (UKRI: NERC/AHRC), £4,914.78, PI.
- European Commission EU Development Education and Awareness Raising (DEAR): Walk the Global Walk Project, September 2017- August 2021, 270,000 EUR, Co-I and Scotland-lead.
- Using biodiversity research as a catalyst for community-based co-production studies, Public Engagement Coproduction Award, Cardiff University, September 2020- September 2021: £11,341.24. Co-I.
- National Coastal Change Assessment 2: Enhancing the evidence base and our ability to adapt, Application for Research and Development Project for the Centre of Expertise for Waters (CREW), PI: Professor Jim Hansom, Co-I: Dr Larissa Naylor; Dr Ria Dunkley; Dr Martin Hurst; Dr Richard Williams (£237,774.70, December 2017).
- Spark funder crowdfunding: Spot-a-Bee: Mapping the Urban Garden Bee, January 2020-January 2022 (Awarded: £3,577.50, PI: Ria Dunkley).
- Chancellors Award, University of Glasgow: Spot-a-Bee 2.0: Gathering pharmaceutical data and enhancing environmental learning opportunities and conservation efforts through plant-based citizen science, Nov 2019-Nov 2021 (Awarded: £2,500, PI: Ria Dunkley).
- School of Education, Small project award, Spot-a-Bee 2.0: Ecopedagogy through citizen science: Spot-a-Bee 2.0: a focus upon primary education settings, February 2020-June 2020 (Awarded: £4,765.20, PI: Ria Dunkley).
- Academic Returners and Research Support, University of Glasgow: Exploring environmental education in the context of National Parks in Scotland and the United States, June 2019-Nov 2020 (Awarded: £10,000, PI: Ria Dunkley).
- "Impact study, British Council school programmes in Scotland", PI-Professor Kay Livingstone; PI: Professor Catherine Doherty, Co-I: Professor Trevor Gale; Co-I: Dr Catherine Lido; Co-I: Dr Ria Dunkley; Co-I: Dr Stephen Parker (£52,358.92, December 2017).
- Writing workshop at the University of Stavanger on young people and gardens, the University of Stavanger, Faculty of Arts and Education Project Development Grant, PI – Barbara Maria Sageidet; Co-I: Ria Dunkley; Co-I: Sylvia Almeida (20,000NOK) (October 2016)
- International interdisciplinary workshop on Environmental Governance, British Council grant to participate, University of Brasilia, Brazil, 4-8 July 2016.
- Exploring the motivations and experiences of environmental citizen scientists: A comparative study of two citizen science learning spaces, Sustainable places research institute data collection fund award (£2,975.59, PI: Ria Dunkley).
- ESRC Impact Acceleration Account: Building evaluative capacity amongst outdoor learning practitioners: Enhancing user experience understanding through place-based research methodologies, January 2016 -December 2016 (Awarded ESRC £2,858.00, PI).
- Santander grant to establish a citizen science project: "spotabee.buzz" (Awarded Santander, £5,000, Co-I: Ria Dunkley & Co-I: Professor Les Baillie).
- Cardiff Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme (CUROP) award for hosting placement students for the research project: 'The Campus as a Living Laboratory – sustainable place-making through visualisations', July 2015 (Awarded Cardiff University, £1,440, PI).
- GW4 Initiator fund: 'Sustainability, Place and Memory': An Environmental Humanities Network, 2015 (Awarded £5,106 GW4) (PI: Dr Nicola Whyte, Co-I: Ria Dunkley, Co-I, Professor Peter Coates, Co-I, Professor Axel Goodbody)
- ERASMUS+ Teaching mobility placement, Luleå University of Technology, ERASMUS 2015 (Awarded EU funds 1,480 EUR)
- Canal and Rivers Trust (CRT) – Devising a Public Benefits Outcome Framework, 2014 (Awarded CRT, £40,000) (PI: Professor Terry Marsden, Co-I: Dr Ria Dunkley; Co-I: Dr Alex Franklin)
- Two Cardiff Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme (CUROP) awards to host placement students for the research project: 'The University Campus as a Living Laboratory – Exploring place-based learning approaches to Education for Sustainability', July 2014 (Awarded Cardiff University, £2,720, PI).
- Funding to host a HEA Seminar at Cardiff University: 'The Campus as a Living Laboratory: Place-based Approaches to Education for Sustainability, 2013. (Awarded HEA, £750.00) (PI).
- 'Sensing, sense-making and sustainable place-making: An arts & social science collaborative network', 2013, (Awarded AHRC, £39,920.51) (PI: Professor Karen Henwood, Co-I: Professor Carl Lavery, Co-I, Dr Ria Dunkley, Co-I: Dr Chis Groves).
- 'Creative Resilience through Community Imaginings', 2013, (Awarded AHRC, £11,939) (PI: Professor Ann Light; Co-I: Dr Carl Lavery; Co-I: Dr Ruth Rettie; Co-I: Dr Katrina Brown; Co-I: Dr Ria Dunkley.
- University of Wales, Doctoral Scholarship, 2004-2007 (Fees & Living Stipend).
Ria has supported Masters's Students through their dissertations in various subjects within the field of human geography and education studies. She currently supervises Postgraduate students within the School of Education through the MEd Professional Practice programme.
She currently supervises five doctoral candidates within the School of Education and in collaboration with colleagues from other departments.
Ria has acted as an internal and external examiner for PhD and MRes theses at Erasmus University Rotterdam; the University of Otago (New Zealand), La Trobe University (Australia); the University of Birmingham; University of Hull & Cardiff Metropolitan University.
She is currently an External Examiner for the MSc Green Economy at Bournemouth University and an Internal Examiner for PhD’s at the University of Glasgow (2017 to present).
- Hamilton, Sarah-Jane
Ecopedagogy for accelerating a city-wide just energy transition in Glasgow
- Jiang, Ruiqi
Exploring the concept of formal environmental education
- Plant, Emma
Community and privately-owned urban (green) spaces as Nature-based Solutions
- Somerville, Kirsten
Earth Writing: Poetic Pedagogies in Geography, Geoscience, and Environmental Education
Brighid Golden Thesis title: Exploring the potential of development education within initial teacher education in Ireland to develop critical thinking and a commitment to social justice in its students.
Shuqi Rao (2017/20) The Challenge of Unity among Diversity: A Comparative Study of National Identity Education in the Context of Globalization in China and Scotland (University of Glasgow).
Alister Foreman (2014/17) Energy and equity revisited: examining local approaches to energy justice through community renewables development in Wales (Cardiff University).
Justyna Prosser (2014/17) The role and transformative potential of finance in mutual ownership model in UK peripheral places (Cardiff University).
Ria teaches and has taught at undergraduate and postgraduate levels in the areas of geography, environment and sustainability. She also coordinates and contributes to the following FutureLearn courses:
List of teaching roles in the Masters of Education (MEduc Primary):
- Rethinking Education and Society, Course Convenor (L4, 2017 & 2020/-present).
- Education and Society, Course Convenor (L3, 2019/-present)
- Education Enquiry (L4, 2019/-present)
- Education and Society (L1, 2019/20)
- Education and Society (L2, 2017/18)
- Education Enquiry (L3, 2017/18)
- Education in Practice (L3, 2017/18)
- Heritage Citizenship and Sustainability (L3, 2017/18)
- Education in Practice (L4, 2017/18)
- Advisor of Studies (2017/-present
PgDE in Primary Education - Social Studies - Geography (2017/18).
MEd Professional Practice (2017-20 Dissertation supervision)
MSc Education Studies (2017/18 Dissertation supervision)
MSc Adult and Continuing Education (2017/18 Dissertation supervision)
Ria is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and has a PgC in Teaching in Higher Education (2007). She was also an honorary fellow of the Institute of Teaching and Learning at Warwick University (2016-2021).
University Community Activities:
- Associate Director, Centre for Sustainable Solutions, University of Glasgow, 2022-present
- Co-lead of the Challenges in Changing Cities interdisciplinary research theme, 2022-present
- Member of the Eco-hub project working group, 2023-present
Professional Activities beyond the University of Glasgow
Community Engagement Advisory Board, RBGE, 2023-present
Co-Chair: Climate, Energy and Environment Hub, CIVIS (EU), 2022-present
COP26 Public Engagement Ambassador (Climate Outreach and the Universities Network COP26 Public Engagement Programme, 2021 - present
Climate Challenge Cup Finalist (Highly Commended) - Hidden Environmental Histories of the River Clyde, 2021
Member of Scientific Advisory Committee VISTA Milk, 2021- present
Climate Change Education Advisor to Scottish Maritime Museum, 2021-2022
Chair of the Workshop Committee for Citizen Science Association Annual Conference 2021: CitSci Virtual. 2020-2021
Ambassador – Glasgow National Park City, 2020 to present: https://www.glasgownationalparkcity.org/ambassador
- Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2007).
- PRINCE2® (PRojects IN Controlled Environments), Accredited Practitioner (2012).
- Professional Certificate in Environmental Management, Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA), Distinction (2012).
- Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society
- Member of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society
- Member of the Scottish Association of Geography Teachers
- Member of the National Association for Environmental Education
- Member of Global Environmental Education Partnership
- Member of the Association of Heritage Interpretation