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Dr Alun Morgan

Honorary Lecturer



After graduating with a BSc in Geography from Swansea University in 1987 and a PGCE in Secondary Geography (with Integrated Sciences) from Cardiff University in 1988, I taught Geography in secondary schools for ten years.  My first appointment was at Churston Grammar School in Torbay, Devon and I then moved to be Second in Department at Cathays High School, a multicultural inner city comprehensive in Cardiff.  I was Education Director of Ecocentrig - the Cardiff Environment Centre during a year long secondment from teaching in 1998-9.  I then took up the innovative teacher advisory post of Education for Sustainable Development Officer for Worcestershire County Council.  In 2002 I moved into Higher Education as Lecturer in Geography Education at the Institute of Education, London where I taught on the PGCE and MA courses and undertook PhD Supervision.  In January 2009 I moved to London South Bank University to become Senior Lecturer in Education for Sustainability where I Co-Directed the Education for Sustainability Masters Programme, taught on the EdD Programme, and was instrumental in setting up the London RCE (Regional Centre of Expertise in Education for Sustainable Development).  I returned to Devon and took up a a Research Fellowship at the Graduate School of Education at the University of Exeter.  I am currently a Lecturer in Education at the Plymouth Institute of Education.


BSc (Hons) (Wales) Geography 2 ( i ) 
PGCE (Wales) Geography Education (subsid: Integrated Science) 
CAPS Environmental Education 
ACE Practical & Applied Aspects of Environmental Education

PGDip (SciSoc Open)
MSc Environmental & Development Education (Distinction) 
PhD (Lond) (Awarded) 

Research group links


Research interests

My research interests are: Geographical Education, Environmental Education (EE), Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship (ESDGC), Place Based Education, Science Education for Diversity, Place and Environment as themes in children's and cross-over literature

My PhD Thesis is entitled 'Minding the World: Integral Transformative Learning for Geographical and Environmental Wisdom'.  This was a conceptual work exploring place and landscape as integral foci for education drawing on philosophical, psychological, geographical, environmental and educational discourses.

Research projects

Science Education for Diversity (SED)

External Engagement and Impact

Journal and book series Editorships and Editorial board membership

Editorial Board Member (Book Reviews Editor) for 'International Journal of Development Education and Global Learning'

Regular Article Reviewer for Environmental Education Research

Article Reviewer for International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education (IRGEE)

Regular Book Reviewer for Environmental Education Research

Keynote addresses or prestigious public lectures given in international forums

Morgan, A. (2010) ‘Geography Education and Education for Sustainability: An Excellent Climate for Change?’ presented at Scottish Association of Geography Teachers Annual Conference: Geography for Excellence, Hutchesons’ Grammar School, Glasgow, Saturday 23, October 2010

Morgan, A. (2007) ‘Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship in the UK’ presented at ’The Contribution of Universities to Civil Society (1st International Academic Interchange Meeting between the Graduate School of Human Development and Environment (HDE), Kobe University and the Institute of Education, University of London)’Kobe, December 11-14 2007

Morgan, A. (2005) ‘Geographical Education in the UK’ presented at NTNU Geographical Education Symposium, NTNU, Taipei, Taiwan, July 11, 2005

Morgan, A. (2005) ‘What’s the Place of Fieldwork? – the UK Experience’ presented at Taiwan Geographical Society Workshop on the Teaching of Fieldwork, HSNU, Taipei, Taiwan, July 16, 2005

Other Consultancy (i.e. income generating work that is not research)

External Evaluator for INQUIRE- inquiry-based teacher training for a sustainable future (2011-present) - EU FP7 SiS-2010- (

External Examiner for University of Plymouth MSc Learning for Sustainability (2011-present)

Member of Visiting Team of Experts commissioned by Evaluation Committee of Private Universites (ECPU)of the Republic of Cyprus in the Evaluation of proposed MSc in Education for the Environment and Sustainable Development,   Frederick University (June 2009)

External Assessor for Forum for the Future’s ‘Masters in Leadership for Sustainable Development’ (course revalidation through Middlesex University) - March 2010

Advisory Board member - ‘Global Partnerships as sites for mutual learning: teachers' professional development through study visits’ - ESRC funded (Reference No. RES-061-25-0402).  PI: Dr Fran Martin, University of Exeter

External Examiner for Goldsmith’s PGCE Geography (2005-2008)

External Examiner for Nottingham University BEd for Overseas Trained Teachers (2005-2006)


Geography Education, Environmental Education, Education for Sustainable Development, Global Citizenship, Science Education, Place-Based Education

Supervision / Group

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