Dr Tonia Gray
Tonia is a Senior Researcher at Western Sydney University’s Centre for Educational Research, Australia. She has been involved in Wilderness Studies and Outdoor Education for over 30 years as a researcher, practitioner, and curriculum developer.
With a MA in Community Health and PhD in Outdoor Education, her interdisciplinary research explores human-nature relationships and their impact on well-being and human development.
Her latest publications include: the Palgrave Macmillan International Handbook of Women in Outdoor Learning (Palgrave, 2017); a co-edited research volume, Reimagining sustainability in Precarious Times (Springer, 2017); and The Globalisation of Higher Education: Developing Internationalised Education in Research and Practice (Palgrave, 2017).
As a multi award-winning pedagogue, in 2014 she received a prestigious Australian Award for University Teaching Excellence in outdoor experiential education. In 2017, after lobbying for outdoor learning to be an integral part of the Australian curriculum, the realization of lifelong ambition came true.