Staff profile

Dr Ryan Lumber

Lecture in Psychology (Online)

Dr Ryan Lumber




University of Derby Online Learning

Research centre

Human Sciences Research Centre



After graduating from the University of Derby with a BSc in Psychology and with an MSc in Psychological Wellbeing and Mental Health from Nottingham Trent University, I was awarded a full scholarship for a PhD at Derby in 2013. The PhD investigated the Pathways to Nature Connectedness that were placed in the MadeAtUni campaign’s top 100 innovations from UK institutions to have improved people’s lives, being used by the National Trust with their 25 million visitors. After completing the PhD I worked as a Lecturer in Psychology at De Montfort University before returning to the University of Derby in 2019.

During my time researching Nature Connectedness I have conducted a number of external projects including:

A one-year evaluation of the impact of the newly created ‘Notice Nature Feel Joy’ gallery at Derby Museum on behalf of the University of Derby (2015-2016).

A commissioned report for Natural England entitled “Nature Connections 2016 Conference Report: Implications for Research and Practice” published in 2017.

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