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My research is broadly referred to as environmental social science. I am interested in questions that contribute to environmental problem solving from educational science and interdisciplinary perspectives. One key idea running through much of my research is connectedness to nature. The links below provide a full list of recent research (climate adaptation, early childhood environmental education, ecosystem services, environmental and outdoor education, outdoor recreation/friluftsliv).
Recent open access articles (2020/2022)
The following links are open-access articles featuring recent research:
- Students learning sustainability – implicit, explicit or non-existent: a case study approach on students’ key competencies addressing the SDGs in HEI program
- Outdoor recreation in Sweden during and after the Covid-19 pandemic–management and policy implications.
- Metrics for environmental compensation: A comparative analysis of Swedish municipalities
- What Drives Climate Action in Canada’s Provincial North? Exploring the Role of Connectedness to Nature, Climate Worry, and Talking with Friends and Family
- Nature’s Services and Contributions: The Relational Value of Childhood Nature Experience and the Importance of Reciprocity.
- Being and becoming in nature: Defining and measuring connection to nature in young children
- Improving Assessments of Connection to Nature: A Participatory Approach.
- Pre-Service Early Childhood Educator Experience in a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve
- Exploring Access to Nature Play in Urban Parks: Resilience, Sustainability, and Early Childhood
- What We Can Learn from Environmental and Outdoor Education during COVID-19: A Lesson in Participatory Risk Management.
I am currently an associate editor for Frontiers Conservation Social Science.
I am currently the topic editor for two publications:
Nature’s Contributions to People: On the Relation Between Valuations and Actions.
I came to HKR with a professional background in environmental and outdoor education. I have worked in a broad variety of environmental and outdoor education settings in the USA including formal classroom teaching, outdoor adventure/expeditionary programming, residential environmental education, and environmental/outdoor education outreach.
My teaching background includes a broad diversity of formal and nonformal environmental and outdoor education settings including formal classroom teaching, outdoor adventure/expeditionary programming, residential environmental education, and environmental/outdoor education outreach.
I teach classes in the Landscape Science program, Preschool Teacher Training program, and Fritidshem Teacher Training program.
Sustainability and Agenda 2030 in higher education
An ongoing effort is underway to support the alignment of the Kristianstad University curriculum with the SDGs or Sustainable Development Goals of Agenda 2030. Interested in a workshop on this topic!? Contact me.
Here are two introductory films introducing the Sustainable Agenda Goals of Agenda 2030:
Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals
In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):
PhD, Doctorate in Teaching and Learning, University of Minnesota Duluth
2008 → 2011
Award Date: 2011-May-20
Degree of Master (120 credits), Master of Environmental Education, University of Minnesota Duluth
1991 → 1993
Award Date: 1993-May-15
Degree of Bachelor, Bachelor of Science, Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison
1981 → 1986
Award Date: 1986-Dec-16
Guest instruction, University of Gothenburg
2019 → 2022
Guest instruction, Uppsala University
Institute on the Environment Education Fellowship, University of Minnesota Twin Cities
2018 → 2020
Guest instruction, Linnaeus University
2016 → 2022
Guest instruction, Mid Sweden University
Guest instruction, University of Minnesota
2008 → 2022
Guest instruction, Michigan Technological University
2006 → 2007
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NiF: Naturupplevelse i Fritidshemmet
Beery, T., Fridberg, M. & Uhnger Wünsche, T.
22-03-01 → 23-12-31
ESD in ECE: Education for sustsainable development in early childhood education
Beery, T., Fridberg, M. & Thulin, S.
22-01-01 → 24-12-31
Disconnection from nature: Expanding our understanding of human–nature relationsBeery, T., Stahl Olafsson, A., Gentin, S., Maurer, M., Stålhammar, S., Albert, C., Bieling, C., Buijs, A., Fagerholm, N., Garcia-Martin, M., Plieninger, T. & M. Raymond, C., 2023-Feb-22, In: People and Nature.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile2 Downloads (Pure)
Shortcuts in urban green spaces: An analysis of incidental nature experiences associated with active mobility tripsLiu, Y., Fagerholm, N., Skov-Petersen, H., Beery, T., Wagner, A. M. & Olafsson, A. S., 2023-Feb-13, In: Urban Forestry and Urban Greening. 82, 127873.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile4 Downloads (Pure)
Arbetsintegrerat lärande som undervisningsmetod: tillämpning av studenters kompetenser för hållbar utvecklingAlm, K., Melén, M., Paulsson, G. & Beery, T., 2022-Oct-19, (In preparation).
Research output: Contribution to conference › Paper
Exploring Climate Emotions in Canada’s Provincial NorthGalway, L. P. & Beery, T., 2022-Jun-24, In: Frontiers in Psychology. 13, p. 1-10 920313.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile2 Citations (Scopus)2 Downloads (Pure)
Outdoor recreation in Sweden during and after the Covid-19 pandemic: management and policy implicationsHansen, A. S., Beery, T., Fredman, P. & Wolf-Watz, D., 2022, In: Journal of Environmental Planning and Management. p. 1-22
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile10 Citations (Scopus)42 Downloads (Pure)
Biocultural approaches to sustainability: a systematic review of the scientific literature
Hanspach, J. (Creator), Haider, L. J. (Creator), Oteris-Rozas, E. (Creator), Stahl Olafsson, A. (Creator), Gulsrud, N. (Creator), Raymond, C. (Creator), Torralba, M. (Creator), Martín-López, B. (Creator), Bieling, C. (Creator), García Martín, M. (Creator), Albert, C. (Creator), Beery, T. (Creator), Fagerholm, N. (Creator), Díaz-Reviriego, I. (Creator), Drews-Shambroom, A. (Creator) & Plieninger, T. (Creator), Dryad, 2020-Jun-25
Connectedness to nature: The importance of nature experience in early childhood
Thomas Beery (Speaker)2022-Jun-02
Activity: Talk or presentation › Public lecture/debate/seminar
Tanya Uhnger Wünsche - doktorsavhandling
Marie Fridberg (Deputy supervisor) & Thomas Beery (First/primary/Lead supervisior)2021-Sept-01 → 2026
Activity: Examination and supervision › Supervision of PhD students
Barn ska få utvecklande naturupplevelser i vardagen
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