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Dr Kate Rawles

Outdoor Philosopher, author and activist
Dr Kate Rawles


After many years as a University Lecturer (philosophy at Lancaster University and Outdoor Studies at the University of Cumbria) specialising in ethics; environmental philosophy; sustainability; nature conservation and animal welfare, Kate now works completely freelance. She runs regular Outdoor Philosophy courses, a mix of brainstorm, retreat and reconnection with (relatively) wild nature for computer-tied environmentalists.

She is the academic director of Forum for the Future’s innovative ‘Reconnections’ course on values-lead leadership for sustainability (now Reconnections@Findhorn). She remains a guest lecturer on ethics, values and sustainability on Masters programmes with Forum for the Future, the University of Surrey and Cumbria’s Institute for Leadership and Sustainability (IFLAS).

Kate will be the chief facilitator on a sailing voyage from UK-Azores-Lanzarote through the North Atlantic Gyre (autumn 2014), investigating ocean plastic pollution – a critical issue in relation to ocean food chains – and debating wider questions of human/nature relations with a mixed crew of artists, scientists and activists.

She is passionate about the potential of using adventure travel to communicate about environmental sustainability, including issues concerning the food system. Her book The Carbon Cycle; crossing the great divide (Two Ravens Press, 2012) used a 4553 mile bike ride in the Rockies to explore climate change. Her next big bike trip, The Life Cycle, will be in the South American Andes and focussed on biodiversity. Kate lives in Cumbria and is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.