Research Centre for Learning and Teaching

Staff Profile

Lucy Tiplady

Senior Research Associate


My research interests include children and young people's wellbeing and engagement in learning, outdoor learning and co-produced, participatory and visual research methods.  Working collaboratively with schools and the wider education community has led to exploration of how research methods can be used as tools for enquiry to aid practitioner and student learning and in how alternative learning environments can increase wellbeing and address educational disadvantage. 

Having worked as a researcher within the Centre for Learning and Teaching (CfLaT) in ECLS since 2005 and as Principal Investigator and Co-Investigator across numerous projects, I have developed a wealth of experience in bid-writing, research design, literature reviews, qualitative, quantitative, visual and participatory research methods, data analysis, project management, reporting research findings, engagement and impact.

I am co-convenor of the North East Outdoor Learning Research hub, member of the Newcastle University Social Justice Advisory Group and HaSS Play Research Network and manage the CfLaT Research Tea programme, securing a diverse range of presenters including staff, postgraduate students and invited speakers from academia and practice. 


Current research

  • ESRC Covid-19 Rapid Response: VOICES project - Children and young people living in poverty: Covid-19 needs and policy implications, Co-Investigator
  • Natural History Society of Northumbria: How to be a young North East Naturalist evaluation, Principal Investigator
  • EC Erasmus: Collaborative Re-Design with Schools - CoReD
  • Child Poverty Action Group: Evaluating the Cost of the School Day Project


Previous research


I currently teach Forest School practice, theory and research to postgraduate students as part of EDU8046 Innovative Pedagogies.