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Dr Jack Reed

Dr Jack Reed

Postdoctoral Researcher

 Environment and Sustainability Institute 


Environment and Sustainability Institute, University of Exeter, Penryn Campus, Penryn, Cornwall, TR10 9FE, UK


Jack Reed is a Postdoctoral Researcher on the ESRC-funded Nature Recovery and Regional Development (NaRReD) project. He is affiliated with the Environment and Sustainability Institute (ESI) in Penryn and also works in the Land, Environment, Economics and Policy Institute (LEEP) in Exeter. 

Jack's previous research focused on the relationships between networked spaces, young people, and nature connectedness. In particular, his work has assessed how young people construct their understandings and interpretations of nature in spaces such as TikTok, Minecraft, and Netflix. In 2023, Jack completed his PhD at the University of Edinburgh with a thesis titled "From virtual worlds to the Outward Bound Trust: A study of contemporary residential outdoor adventurous education in postdigital space". Jack's full PhD thesis may be accessed here.

In the NaRReD project, Jack's research will collaboratively engage with councils in Britain's Leading Edge (BLE). The focus of this partnership is to measure and track the impact of nature recovery on local economies and scale this up for wider learning and policy development. You can find out more about the NaRReD project by visiting the website

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Research interests

Jack's research interests include nature recovery, regional development, and environmental sociology. In particular, how societal connections to nature may influence the development of regional and national nature recovery policies and practices. He also has research interests in postdigital theory and has contributed to postdigital considerations on the relationships between society, the environment, and technology. 

Having first published in late 2021, Jack has authored or co-authored nine journal articles, two editorials, and five book chapters. To date, the journal articles have been read over 31,000 times, informing policy and practice across a range of international contexts. Jack is open to invitations for collaboration, especially in areas of environmental sociology, youth cultures, and postdigital theory. 

Selected publications

Reed, J., & Dunn, C. (2024). Postdigital young people’s rights: A critical perspective on the UK Government’s guidance to ban phones in England’s schools. Postdigital Science and Education, 1-10.

Reed, J. (2024). Instructor perspectives on mobile technologies and social media in practice: Findings from the United Kingdom's Outward Bound Trust. Journal of Experiential Education47(1), 53-71.

Reed, J., van Kraalingen, I., & Hills, D. (2024). Special issue: Digital technology and networked spaces in outdoor learning, 24(1), 1-6.

A fill list of Jack's publications may be found through his ORCiD:

Peer reviewing 

Jack has conducted peer reviews for a number of journals, including: 

  • Postdigital Science and Education

  • Journal of Outdoor and Environmental Education

  • Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning

  • Leisure Studies

  • Networking Knowledge

  • Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education, and Leadership

  • Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research

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Journal articles

Reed J, van Kraalingen I, Hills D (2024). Journal of adventure education and outdoor learning: special issue: digital technology and networked spaces in outdoor learning. Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 24(1), 1-6.
Reed J, Dunn C (2024). Postdigital Young People’s Rights: a Critical Perspective on the UK Government’s Guidance to Ban Phones in England’s Schools. Postdigital Science and Education
Gilkes B, Wintle J, Reed J (2023). A small-scale evaluation of instructional approaches and perspectives on the benefits of adventurous education for young people. Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 1-17.
Reed J (2023). Instructor Perspectives on Mobile Technologies and Social Media in Practice: Findings from the United Kingdom's Outward Bound Trust. Journal of Experiential Education, 47(1), 53-71. Abstract.
Reed J (2022). Collective capacity building: Shaping education and communication in knowledge society. Studies in the Education of Adults, 55(1), 302-304.
van Kraalingen I, Hills D, Reed J, Beames S, Munge B (2022). Digital technology and networked spaces in outdoor education: reflections upon presenting at an international webinar. Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 24(1), 7-20.
Reed J, Dunn C, Beames S, Stonehouse P (2022). E‘Ride on!’: the Zwift platform as a space for virtual leisure. Leisure Studies, 42(2), 188-202.
Reed J (2022). Postdigital Outdoor and Environmental Education. Postdigital Science and Education
Reed J (2022). The methodology wars and outdoor and environmental education: Feminism, positivism, and causation. Journal of Outdoor and Environmental Education, 25(3), 313-327. Abstract.
MacKenzie A, Bacalja A, Annamali D, Panaretou A, Girme P, Cutajar M, Abegglen S, Evens M, Neuhaus F, Wilson K, et al (2021). Dissolving the Dichotomies Between Online and Campus-Based Teaching: a Collective Response to the Manifesto for Teaching Online (Bayne et al. 2020). Postdigital Science and Education, 4(2), 271-329. Abstract.
Reed J, Smith H (2021). ‘Everything we do will have an element of fear in it’: challenging assumptions of <i>fear for all</i> in outdoor adventurous education. Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 23(2), 107-119.

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External Engagement and Impact

External Examiner Positions

Norwegian School of Sport Sciences - Masters in Norwegian Friluftsliv (External examiner).

Invited lectures

Speaker, "The postdigital classroom". Delivered as part of a wider seminar at the Centre for Research in Digital Education at The University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, February 2024.

Visiting lecture, "Virtual leisure: An examination of the Zwift platform". Delivered as part of the Current Themes in the Sociology of Sport module at the University of Exeter, Exeter, December 2023.

Visiting lecture, "Ethnographic reflections on mobile technologies and social media at the Outward Bound Trust". Delivered at the Norwegian School of Sport and Social Sciences, Oslo, August 2023.

Visiting lecture, "Connectivity, social justice and outdoor education: Postdigital perspectives". Delivered at the University of Wales Trinity St David, Lampeter, October 2021.

Journal and book series Editorships and Editorial board membership

Humanities and Social Sciences Communications (Editor)

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