Staff profile

Dr Katherine Mycock

Impact Officer

Katherine Mycock


College of Science and Engineering





I am an Impact Officer for the College of Science and Engineering. I began my career as a geography teacher. I taught for 5 years in secondary schools in London, Lincoln and Nottinghamshire. I returned to Higher Education to complete an MA in social research methods at the University of Liverpool, whilst working for the Royal Society of the Protection of Birds (RSPB) as a volunteer education manager at a nature reserve. I followed my passion for outdoor learning by completing a PhD exploring how children learn about nature. Since completing my PhD I have worked in professional services and postdoctoral roles. I have supported a wide range of public engagement with research and impact activities, including evidence submissions to Select Committees, supporting evaluations, facilitating partnerships and the development of impact case studies for REF 2021.

Research interests

My research interests broadly include the everyday lives of children. I have explored the lives of children living in a range of contexts within England through Participatory Research Methods, including walking interviews, cards, drawing activities and photo diaries. I am particularly interested in children's experiences and engagements with outdoor learning and have undertaken ethnographic research within forest schools, a school garden and a nature reserve.


Recent conferences

2020. Planning for Impact, Midlands Impact Conference, University of Wolverhampton

2017. Forest school as a space of imagination? Rethinking childhood research seminar, Birmingham City University (Invited)

2017. Doing gender in the mud kitchen. European Institute for Outdoor Adventure Education and Experiential Learning Seminar, Plymouth Marjon University

2017. Forest schools and thinking about our place in the world. Childhood studies in the Anthropocene, University of Birmingham

2016. Forest school: the becoming of greener citizens? Young people and the ‘New Urban Agenda’: Addressing the themes of Habitat III, University of Birmingham

2016. “It’s alive”: Playing with mud, fire, worms and trees in outdoor learning’. Royal Geographical Society (RGS) Annual Conference, London

2016. Changing the world? Exploring social practices and relations within outdoor learning programmes. Centre for unequal families and relationships conference, University of Edinburgh

Recent publications

Mycock, K. and Gowers, S.J. (in press) Eliciting looked after children’s views and relationships through card-based participatory research methods, Journal of Participatory Research Methods, Youth Participatory Methods Special Edition

Radburn, M. et. al., 2021. Home Office preparedness for Covid-19: Response to call for written evidence

Mycock, K., 2020. Forest schools: moving towards an alternative pedagogical response to the Anthropocene? Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 41(3), pp.427-440

Mycock, K., 2019. Playing with mud-becoming stuck, becoming free? The negotiation of gendered/class identities when learning outdoors. Children's Geographies, 17(4), pp.454-466

Mycock, K. and Willocks, K. 2018. Degree apprenticeship project: A research report exploring the challenges and barriers to Flexible delivery of degree and higher apprenticeships at Keele University. Keele University