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Dr Thomas Beery


Associate professor in environmental education, Kristianstad University, Sweden



My teaching research is within the environmental social science and education. I am particularly interested in issues that contribute to environmental problem solving from an educational and interdisciplinary perspective. The key theme of much of my research is "connection with nature." This work reflects my interest in the human relationship with the rest of nature. An area of policy interest is how we can better integrate children's wellbeing into ecosystem services policy.



Recent scholarly articles (2020-2022)

Beery, T. & Fridberg, M. (2022). Swedish early childhood educators’ views on teaching to promote connectedness to nature. International Journal of early childhood environmental education, 9 (3).

Galway, L. P., & Beery, T. (2022). Exploring Climate Emotions in Canada’s Provincial North. Frontiers in Psychology, 13, 920313.

Hansen, A. S., Beery, T., Fredman, P., & Wolf-Watz, D. (2022). Outdoor recreation in Sweden during and after the Covid-19 pandemic–management and policy implications. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 1-22.

Alm, K., Beery, T. H., Eiblmeier, D., & Fahmy, T. (2022). Students’ learning sustainability–implicit, explicit or non-existent: a case study approach on students’ key competencies addressing the SDGs in HEI program. International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, 23(8), 60-84.

Beery, T. H., Quaas, M., & Stenseke, M. (2021). Nature's Contributions to People: On the Relation Between Valuations and Actions. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, 9, 712902.

Beery, T., Olsson, M. R. & Vitestam, M., (2021). Covid-19 and outdoor recreation management: Increased participation, connection to nature, and a look to climate adaptation. Journal of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism. 36, s. 100457.

Galway, L.P., Beery, T., Buse, C., Gislason, M.K. (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. Climate, 9(10),146.

Söderqvist, T., Cole, S., Franzén, F., Hasselström, L., Beery, T., Bengtsson, F., Björn, H., Kjeller, E., Lindblom, E., Mellin, A., Wiberg, J., & Jönsson, K.I. (2021). Metrics for environmental compensation: A comparative analysis of Swedish municipalities. Journal of Environmental Management, 299, 113622,

Beery T., & Lekies, K. S. (2021). Nature’s services and contributions: The relational value of childhood nature experience and the importance of reciprocity. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, 9, 251.

Beery, T., & Magntorn, O. (2021). Pre-service early childhood educator experience in a UNESCO biosphere reserve. Sustainability, 13(8), 4231.

Salazar G., Monroe M. C., Jordan C., Ardoin N. M., & Beery T. (2021). Improving assessments of connection to nature: A participatory approach. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, 8, 498.

Beery, T. (2020). What we can learn from environmental and outdoor education during Covid-19: A lesson in participatory risk management. Sustainability, 12(21), 9096.

Beery, T. (2020). Exploring access to nature play in urban parks: Resilience, sustainability, and early childhood. Sustainability, 12, 4894.

Beery, T., Chawla, L. & Levin, P. (2020). Being and becoming in nature: Defining and measuring connection to nature in young children. International Journal of early childhood environmental education, 7(3), 3-22. ISSN 2331-0464

Hanspach, J., Haider, L.J., Oteris-Rozas, E., Stahl Olafsson, A., Gulsrud, N., Raymond, C., Torralba, M., Martín-López, B., Bieling, C., García Martin, M., Albert, C., Beery, T., Fagerholm, N., Díaz-Reviriego, I., Drews-Shambroom, A., Plieninger, T. (2020). Biocultural approaches in sustainability science. People and Nature.

Junghanns, J., & Beery, T. (2020). Ecological Sanitation and Sustainable Nutrient Recovery Education: Considering the Three Fixes for Environmental Problem-Solving. Sustainability, 12, 3587. 


Connection to nature; Ecosystem services; Environment and outdoor education; Landscape science
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