Thomas Beery
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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: 

Associate Editor

I am currently an associate editor for Frontiers Conservation Social Science.

Topic Editor

I am currently the topic editor for two publications:

Nature’s Contributions to People: On the Relation Between Valuations and Actions.

Anthropogenic Climate Change: Social Science Perspectives.

Popular scientific articles about Connectedness to nature:

  • Beery, T. (2022). Samhörighet med nature. Förskoletidningen. 4/2022/47
  • Beery, T. (2022). Connectedness to nature: An idea for times like these. Dansk Friluftsliv, 115.
  • Beery, T. (2021). Expanding our understanding of connectedness to nature. Dansk Friluftsliv, 113.

Upcoming keynote presentation:

MÖTESPLATS BIOSFÄR: Unga människors roll i biosfärområden som lärandeplattformar och samarbetsarenor för hållbarhet.

Link to the conference, here.

Recent conference presentations:

  • Skriver Hansen, A, Beery, T., Stahl Olafsson, A., & Præstholm, S. (2022). Outdoor recreation and Covid-19 – post-pandemic consequences for nature area planning. The Tenth Nordic Planning Research Symposium. August 2022. Aalborg, Danmark.
  • Beery, T. & Jönsson, I. (2022).  Utveckling av hållbarhetsprofilerna i förskollärar- och grundlärarutbildningar genom samverkan: Ett biosfärsperspektiv. August 2022. HKR kvalitetskonferens.
  • Beery,  T. (2022). (Two presentations) Being and becoming in nature: Defining and measuring connection to nature in young children, and Nature’s services and contributions: The relational value of childhood nature experience and the importance of reciprocity. March, 2022. World Environmental Education Congress, Prague, Czech Republic.
  • Beery, T. (2021). What we can learn from environmental and outdoor education during Covid-19: Further reflections on participatory risk management. Wilderness Risk Management Conference. October 2021. International on-line format.
  • Beery, T. (2021). What Drives Climate Action in Canada’s Provincial North? Exploring the Role of Connectedness to Nature, Climate Worry, and Talking with Friends and Family. 10th Annual Conference on inVIVO Planetary Health. December 2021. International on-line format.
  • Beery, T. (2021). Nature's Services and Contributions: The Relational Value of Childhood Nature Experience. Live Research Roundtable. North American Association for Environmental Education, October, 2021. 
  • Wilderness Risk Management Conference: Participatory Risk Management, October 15, 2021. 

Educational research

Much of my work is aimed at how environmental social science research can support the important work of educational practitioners. It is imperative that the institution of higher education contributes to meeting the needs of society. Here is an example of a recent project that brings research and practice together! Check out this Practitioner Guide to Assessing Connection to Nature!


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:

Introduction 1

Introduction 2

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):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Doctorate in Teaching and Learning, University of Minnesota Duluth


Award Date: 2011-May-20

Degree of Master (120 credits), Master of Environmental Education, University of Minnesota Duluth


Award Date: 1993-May-15

Degree of Bachelor, Bachelor of Science, Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison


Award Date: 1986-Dec-16

External positions

Guest instruction, University of Gothenburg


Guest instruction, Uppsala University


Institute on the Environment Education Fellowship, University of Minnesota Twin Cities


Guest instruction, Linnaeus University


Guest instruction, Mid Sweden University


Guest instruction, University of Minnesota


Guest instruction, Michigan Technological University



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