Dr Pam Woolner is a senior lecturer in the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences at Newcastle University, UK. She has been researching and writing about educational environments for nearly two decades, developing an overview of the potential for school premises to enable change and improvement.
Her research includes investigations of underlying issues for the design of learning environments, and examinations of the use and development of space in schools. Pam’s published work includes a seminal review, The Impact of School Environments (2005), a book for school users (the Design of Learning Spaces, 2010) and an interdisciplinary edited collection, School Design Together (2015), exploring participatory design of school space. Most recently she has co-authored Constructing Education: An opportunity not to be missed through the Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB), intended as a framework for investments in education https://coebank.org/media/documents/Constructing_Education.pdf
Currently, she is leading an EU-funded initiative, CoReD https://www.ncl.ac.uk/cored/ , which is developing tools for school communities to use to evaluate, and change, their school space or how they use it. Partners across six European countries are working with schools to produce a suite of user-friendly tools that can be used to research and improve educational spaces beyond the lifetime of the funded project (2019-2022).