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Dr Ian Blackwell

Postdoctoral Researcher

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Ian Blackwell

Role Summary

I am a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Marjon Evaluation & Impact Centre.

Previously I was a visiting lecturer at Marjon in the Institute of Education where I taught on Creativite & Inclusive Practice, Education for Sustainability, Educational Research, Learning in the Outdoors, and Engaging with Practice modules, and, in the School of Sport, Health & Well-being, I taught on the Physical Activity in the Natural Environment module.


Associate of the Higher Education Academy

PhD Mayflower Research Scholarship, Plymouth Marjon University

MA Archaelogy, Heritage Management & Society, Newcastle University

BA (Hons) French & History, Liverpool University


Visiting Lecturer – BA Education Studies, BA Physical Education & BA Outdoor Education, Plymouth Marjon University


Fatherhood and masculinity in the UK

Outdoor Learning



Passy, R. & Blackwell, I. (forthcoming 2022). The Natural Connections Demonstration Project: Learning about outdoor learning. In Jucker, R. & von Au, J. (Eds.). Outdoor-based learning: How can it contribute to high quality learning? SILVIVA.

Blackwell, I. (forthcoming, 2022). A sea of men: Supporting men as fathers through outdoor learning experiences. In Cutting & Passy (Eds.). New directions in outdoor learning. Palgrave.

Blackwell, I. (2020). Handmade object elicitation: Using handmade objects to prompt richer interview data. Social Research Practice, 9, 41-51.

Blackwell, I. (2019). Doing ‘dadness’: how fathers use community dads’ groups to develop, verify and affirm their paternal identities. Families, Relationships and Societies, 8(3), 514-515.

Hornby, G. & Blackwell, I. (2018). Barriers to parental involvement in education: An update. Educational Review, 70(1), 109-119.

Beames, S., Christie, B. & Blackwell, I. (2016). Integrating indoor and outdoor learning experiences. In Waite, S. (Ed.).Children Learning Outside the Classroom (pp.82-93). SAGE.

Waite, S., Passy, R., Gilchrist, M., Hunt, A. & Blackwell, I. (2016). Natural Connections Demonstration Project, 2012-2016: Final Report. Natural England Commissioned Reports, No.215.

Blackwell, I. & Gilchrist, M. (2015). The Natural Connections Project 2012-16. In Pathways: the Ontario Journal of Outdoor Education, 27(4).

Blackwell, I. (2010). Community engagement: Why are community voices still unheard?. Journal for Education in Museums [JEM] 30.

Blackwell, I. & Scaife, S. (2006). Networks and partnerships: Building capacity for sustainable audience development. In Lang, C., Reeve, J. & Woollard, V. (Eds.). The Responsive Museum: Working with Audiences in the Twenty-first Century (pp.61-73). London: Ashgate Publishing Limited.

Blackwell, I. & Scaife, S. (2000). Open minds: Some challenges for socially inclusive museum education. Journal for Education in Museums 21.

Fowler, P.J. & Blackwell, I. (1998) An English countryside explored: The land of Lettice Sweetapple (reissued by The History Press 2009). Tempus Publishing.

Expert Membership of professional bodies

Children’s Research Network (Ireland)

EECERA Outdoor Play & Learning SIG

European Institute for Outdoor Adventure Education and Experiential Learning

European Outdoor Education Network

European Society of Family Relationships

Forest School Association (UK)

Institute of Outdoor Learning

ONEFaR (the European Network of Fatherhood Research)

Peninsula Research in Outdoor Learning (South West, UK)

Project Management Institute (member)

Social Research Association (UK)

Roles on external bodies


Other Interests

I established a Community Interest Company in 2007 called The Dangerous Dads Network which offers regular activities for father figures and their children -

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