Professor Patrick Dillon
Emeritus Professor


I have worked in higher education since 1981. My first degree is in biology and in my early career I taught ecology and landscape studies. During this time I researched for my doctorate in environmental history. After a two-year secondment with the BBC developing new educational technologies, I moved field becoming Lecturer and then Senior Lecturer in Technological Education at the University of Reading. In 2000 I came to Exeter as Professor in Telematics in Education and Director of the Telematics Centre. In 2004, I was awarded an honorary doctorate in education from the University of Joensuu, Finland. Since 2005 I have been Emeritus Professor at Exeter and a Visiting Professor in the Universities of Eastern Finland and Helsinki. My research is concerned generally with the cultural ecology of education which may be investigated at scales ranging from national to local. It takes in work on communities of practice, situated learning, second language learning, and heritage education. It also includes e-learning which, although not place bound, is situated through the identities that participants bring with them. I also research in creativity, design education and environmental education.


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