Dr Tracy Ann Hayes is co-founder and convenor for the Nature, Outdoor Learning and Play special interest group. In 2018, she was the recipient of the Anna Craft Creativities in Education Prize for her paper, ‘Responsive, responsible research’.
Tracy is Senior Lecturer/Programme Lead for Youth and Community Work and Post Graduate Research Co-ordinator in the School of Education at Plymouth Marjon University. A qualified youth worker and community development professional, she has published for public, practitioner and academic audiences.
Tracy completed her transdisciplinary PhD with the University of Cumbria, awarded by Lancaster University in 2018. Her research explored the relationship young people have with the natural environment. She takes a playfully narrative approach, embracing creative methodologies, particularly reflexive auto/ethnography, creative non-fiction and storytelling. Research areas include youth & community work, sustainability, social justice and inclusion.