Dr Barbara Humberstone

PhD, BSc, PGCE, Dip Phys Ed., Dip PD, APIOL



Barbara Humberstone, PhD Professor of Sociology of Sport and Outdoor Education and visiting Professor at Plymouth Marjon University, UK. She joined Bucks New University in 1993, was awarded Reader in 1997 and Professor in 2000. She has supervised 14 doctorates and is currently external/advisory supervisor to a doctorate at Marjon University. She has examined 32 research degrees nationally and internationally and two in progress.

Her research interests include: Ageing and alternative activities; Blue spaces; Embodiment, alternative /nature based physical activities and life-long learning; wellbeing and outdoor pedagogies; social and environmental justice; interpretative research. Currently she has produced 55 refereed articles; 18 (co-)edited books; 83 (co-) edited chapters. She recently co-edited in Routledge book list: Research Methods in Outdoor Studies (2019); The Changing World of the Outdoor Learning: European Reflections. (2018); International Handbook of Outdoor Studies (2016); Seascapes: Shaped by the sea Embodied Narratives and Fluid Geographies (2015);, and  for Cambridge Scholars  Ageing, Physical Activity, Recreation and Wellbeing (2016).

Barbara initiated the series ‘Advances in Outdoor Studies’ in the Sport and Leisure Routledge list in 2017 and is series co-editor with Professor Higgins, Edinburgh University. She has published papers in a variety of journals. She is Editor-in- chief of the Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning. She speaks at international conferences and is involved in the organisation of the International Outdoor Education Research Conference. The first hosted at Bucks New University in 2001 and the 8th hosted by Sunshine Coast University, November 2018. She was invited speaker at the inaugural meeting of the Institute for Women Surfers Oceania at Massey University, Melbourne Australia, February 2019. She was chair of the European Institute for Outdoor Adventure Education (2004-2008).