1st Edition

New Materialisms and Environmental Education

Edited By David A. G. Clarke, Jamie Mcphie Copyright 2024

    ‘New materialisms’ refers to a broad, contemporary, and significant movement of thought across the social sciences and cultural studies which attempts to (re)turn to, renew, or create alternative philosophies of matter. Such philosophies spring from multiple sources but are in general an attempt to bring the indissolubility of the social and environmental more forcefully into our analytical frames and modes of inquiry and tackle a perceived over-reliance on discourse and language in the so-called post-modern era of philosophy and social science. This movement in thought is underlaid by, and meets up with, the climate and biodiversity crises and the nature of the human condition (and modes of learning or becoming), within the field of environmental education. This volume brings together academics working at differing intersections of environmental education and new materialisms, highlighting tensions, knots, and lines of flight across and for research, practice, and theory. As such this collection draws on multiple interpretations and streams of thought within new materialisms and demonstrates their significance for those engaging with environmental education policy, practice and research. This book was originally published as a special issue of the journal Environmental Education Research.


    1. Introduction—Tensions, knots, and lines of flight: themes and directions of travel for new materialisms and environmental education

    David A. G. Clarke and Jamie Mcphie

    2. From action to intra-action? Agency, identity and ‘goals’ in a relational approach to climate change education

    Blanche Verlie and CCR 15

    3. Entangled threads and crafted meanings: students’ learning for sustainability in remake activities

    Hanna Hofverberg

    4. More-than-human stories: experimental co-productions in outdoor environmental education pedagogy

    Scott Jukes and Ya Reeves

    5. Informal environmental learning: the sustaining nature of daily child/water/dirt relations

    Sarah Crinall and Margaret Somerville

    6. What if schools were lively more-than-human agencements all along? Troubling environmental education with moldschools

    Tuure Tammi

    7. ‘An atmosphere, an air, a life:’ Deleuze, elemental media, and more-than-human environmental subjectification and education

    Marcelina Piotrowski

    8. Re-assembling environmental and sustainability education: orientations from New Materialism

    Greg Mannion

    9. Fieldnotes and situational analysis in environmental education research: experiments in new materialism

    Andy Ruck and Greg Mannion

    10. Doing little justices: speculative propositions for an immanent environmental ethics

    David Rousell

    11. Painting trees in the wind: socio-material ambiguity and sustainability politics in early childhood education with refugee children in Denmark

    Nanna Jordt Jørgensen and Asger Martiny-Bruun

    12. Challenging amnesias: re-collecting feminist new materialism/ecofeminism/climate/education

    Annette Gough and Hilary Whitehouse

    13. Anthropocentrism’s fluid binary

    Ramsey Affifi

    14. Dark pedagogy: speculative realism and environmental and sustainability education

    Jonas Andreasen Lysgaard and Stefan Bengtsson

    15. Dark places: environmental education research in a world of hyperobjects

    Antti Saari and John Mullen

    16. Environmental end game: ontos

    Chris Beeman and Sean Blenkinsop

    17. Words (are) matter: generating material-semiotic lines of flight in environmental education research assemblages (with a little help from SF)

    Noel Gough and Chessa Adsit-Morris

    18. Nature matters: diffracting a keystone concept of environmental education research – just for kicks

    Jamie Mcphie and David A. G. Clarke


    David A. G. Clarke lectures in Environmental Education at the University of Edinburgh (UK). He is a member of the University’s Centre for Creative-Relational Inquiry (CCRI), and the Sustainability in Education Research Group (SIERG). His academic interests traverse education, creative inquiry, life experience, and ethics in the Anthropocene.

    Jamie Mcphie's work traverses Health, Environmental Humanities, and Experiential Education. He is a co-theme lead for one of the Learning, Education and Development Research Centre themes based at the University of Cumbria (UK). His research interests include therapeutic landscapes, environmental ethics, contemporary animisms, posthumanism and psychogeography. He recently authored the book Mental Health and Wellbeing in the Anthropocene: A Posthuman Inquiry (2019).