Staff Profiles


Dr Nicola Kemp

Senior Lecturer

School: Faculty of Education Postgraduate Programmes

Campus: Medway

Tel: 01227 924557

Profile summary

I currently work in the School of Childhood and Education Sciences at Canterbury Christ Church University as well as part of the ‘Futures Initiative’ team within its Sustainability Office.  With an academic background in rural and environmental geography I worked in the Rural Regeneration team at Kent County Council for ten years before moving to CCCU.  I currently teach primarily on the MA in Early Childhood Education although I also work on Education Studies and Early Childhood Studies programmes.  I have a particular interest in children’s experiences of the natural environment and have developed the ‘Connecting Children and Nature’ Network which brings together staff, students and a range of local organisations to explore and develop this agenda through research, knowledge exchange and curriculum development.  I am also interested in the notion of alter-childhoods and alternative approaches to Early Childhood Education as well as the emerging area of Early Childhood Education for Sustainability

Research and knowledge exchange

Over the last two years I have been involved in developing and leading the ‘Connecting Children and Nature Network which is currently supported by external investment from Artswork.  I have also successfully initiated and managed an Academic Business Partnership with Kent Wildlife Trust (KWT) to evaluate their forest school programme.  I am currently involved in developing a follow-up research project funded by KWT.   I have developed and run conferences, a series of expert lectures and student research showcases aimed at staff, students and early years practitioners under the ‘Making a Difference’ brand.  I have successfully collaborated on bids for Faculty Higher Education Innovation Funding; the most recent of which aims to support and develop a ‘Community of Early Years Practice’ based around the Medway campus.

Teaching and subject expertise

Alternative approaches to early childhood education

Early childhood education for sustainability


Rural geography and evironmental change

External activities

I am the external examiner for Roehampton University's MA in Early Childhood Studies and a member of OMEP (World Organisation for Early Childhood Education)


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