Lynda Dunlop

Lynda Dunlop


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I am a Senior Lecturer in Science Education in the University of York Science Education Group (UYSEG).  My research focuses on environmental, political and philosophical issues associated with science education and youth participation in environmental decision-making. 

I recently co-led the British Educational Research Association 2021 Research Commission on Education for Environmental Sustainability and a systematic review of primary science education.

New projects include DICEY (Dialogue on Climate Engineering with Youth), research on teaching the environment and politics in secondary science education and investigating models of climate education leadership. 

I have previously focused research on how young people learn through opportunities for students to ask and investigate their own questions about science, for example through independent research projects or philosophical dialogue in science. 

My background is in science education and public engagement.  From 2008 until 2011 I was a researcher at the University of Ulster, where my work focused on public engagement with science and continuing professional development of teachers.  Through the Forward Thinking (Wellcome Trust) and Primary Communties of Scientific Enquiry (AZSTT) projects, I developed resources and approaches for promoting discussion about controversial social and ethical issues in the sciences.  Prior to this, I taught science in schools in the UK, USA and Mexico, and was a Gatsby Teaching Fellow from 2003 - 2004.  

I am currently programme leader for the MSc Environmental Sustainability Education and Communication.  In 2018, I was awarded a Vice Chancellor’s Award for Teaching.

Research interests

My current research focuses on environmental, political and philosophical issues associated with secondary science education and on youth participation in environmental decision-making.

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