Edward Edgerton

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

(1) Developing Initial Teacher Education students’ pedagogical practice in the classroom through the use of Virtual Reality
(2) Virtual Reality and the learner’s experience: An investigation of Virtual Reality in Higher Education teaching and learning


Research activity per year

Personal profile

Area of academic expertise - outline

I am an Environmental Psychologist and my work spans a wide range of environment-behaviour studies including the role of the learning environment in the educational process, environmental design within healthcare environments, predictors of pro-environmental behaviour and public participation in environmental design.

Current research activities

Recent projects have focused on dementia friendly design in care homes and identifying and evaluating the impact of new school buildings. I have recently completed a unique, nine year study that has demonstrated the impact of a new secondary school building programme in Scotland on students and staff.

Desired research direction

The goal of my research is to evaluate and understand the impact of changes to the physical environment of educational and healthcare settings. As this research continues I aim to develop an evidence base that provides examples of projects that demonstrate how environmental change is experienced by the users of these environments. I will then seek to use this evidence in partnership with architecture, design and estate management professionals to inform and influence future environmental design in educational and healthcare settings.

Target collaborative companies

1. Architecture Practices

2. Care Home Providers

Target collaborative organisations

1. Architecture & Design Scotland

2. Local Authorities

3. NHS

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

External positions

External Examiner, London Metropolitan University

Oct 2013Nov 2017

External Examiner, Glasgow Caledonian University

25 Sept 200626 Aug 2011


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