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Lynn Crowe

Professor Lynn Crowe B.Sc. Hons, M.Sc,PG DiP

Professor of Environmental Management


Lynn is Professor of Environmental Management in the Department of the Natural and Built Environment. Prior to joining Sheffield Hallam University, Lynn  worked for the Countryside Commission, local authority countryside services, and the Campaign to Protect Rural England. Lynn maintains many of her professional links with wildlife and landscape government agencies and campaigning groups through her research and scholarship activities.

  • About

    Lynn graduated from the University of Durham and Imperial College, London with qualifications in Botany and Ecological Management. Following a period working with environmental campaigning groups,  she undertook a further postgraduate qualification in town and regional planning.
    Her main interests are in the field of environmental policy development, particularly access and countryside recreation, and landscape management. She is particularly interested in the contribution the natural environment can make to the quality of people's lives, and how we can encourage more people to enjoy the countryside and green spaces more often.

    Lynn has also had extensive involvement in regional and national government organisations, having been a Member of the Peak District National Park Authority for ten years, and a government appointed Board Member of both English Nature and Natural England. She works closely with related professional bodies, such as the Institute of Public Rights of Way and Access Management, the Landscape Institute, and the Countryside Management Association, and is currently Vice Chair of the board of the South Yorkshire Local Nature Partnership,  a Sheffield Green Commissioner, and a trustee of Europarc Atlantic Isles.

  • Teaching

    Department of the Natural and Built Environment

    Development and Society

    Lynn teaches across undergraduate and postgraduate courses at all levels in the Department of the Natural and Built Environment, as well as supervising several Ph.D. research projects. Her teaching modules include `People and the Natural Environment`, `Environmental Protection`, `Environmental Perspectives and Policy Development`, `Research Methods` and `Cultural Landscapes and Protected Landscape Management`.

  • Research

    Lynn's main research interests are in the benefits of engaging the public with nature more often, particularly through outdoor recreation, and in urban green space and our national parks. She has undertaken extensive research in partnership with organisations such as the UK National Park Authorities, Natural England, and Local Authority Countryside Services. 

    Lynn is a member of the cross-faculty SHU Outdoor Recreation Research Group which brings together economists, social scientists, ecologists, engineers and behavioural change and tourism experts to develop research in this sector. She was responsible for the management of the Countryside Recreation Network (now the Outdoor Recreation Network) between 2003 and 2011 - a network of 26 government agencies and other organisations in the UK and Ireland who wish to promote good practice and co-ordinate research in the countryside recreation sector.

  • Publications

    GREGORY, Maxine, CROWE, Lynn. & ROTHERHAM, Ian.D. (2017) Access and Gateways to the Landscape Appraisal, report produced for the Sheffield Lakelands Landscape Project.

    CROWE, Lynn, HAMMOND, Catherine and WILSON, Nikky (2016). An Examination of the Development and Implementation of Planning Policy Relating to Major Development in the English and Welsh National Parks. Project Report. Sheffield Hallam University for the Campaign for National Parks.

    BURNETT, Alice and CROWE, Lynn (2016). An Evaluation of Secondary School Students’ Perceptions of Geography at Key Stages 3 and 4. The Sheffield Hallam University Natural Environment Research Transactions, 2 (1), 53-79.

    CROWE, Lynn (2015). How do environmental policies fit within larger strategic planning processes. In: CASPER, Jonathan M. and PFAHL, Michael E., (eds.) Sport Management and the Natural Environment: Theory and Practice. Routledge.

    WALMSLEY, John and CROWE, Lynn (2015). Applying mobile information and communications technology to countryside access. Waymark, 27 (4), 13-19.

    DREWETT, Rosie and CROWE, Lynn (2015). "Changing habits of a lifetime": an investigation of the factors that influence behaviour change to reduce domestic energy consumption. Sheffield Hallam University Built Environment Research Transactions, 7 (1), 24-45.

    FITZGERALD, Matt and CROWE, Lynn (2014). The riding preferences of mountain bikers in England and Wales, and the implications for improving public rights of way networks and wider access to the countryside. Waymark, 26.

    BENNETT, L. and CROWE, Lynn (2008). Landowners' liability? is perception of the risk of liability for visitors accidents a barrier to countryside access? Project Report. Sheffield, Countryside recreation network.

  • Other activities

    As well as government appointments to English Nature, Natural England and the Peak District National Park Authority, Lynn has undertaken significant research and consultancy work for other agencies such as the Forestry Commission, the Association of National Park Authorities and other local authorities. She remains a member of the Natural England Science Advisory Committee and the Natural England Outdoors for All Strategic Research Group, the Sheffield Green Commission and the South Yorkshire Local Nature Partnership.

    Lynn's personal interests continue to be visiting national parks around the world and bird watching, as well as managing her allotment at home in the Peak District. She is increasingly engaged with social media, and you can follow her on Twitter at @LynnCroweSHU, or her personal blog at https://lynncroweblog.wordpress.com/ .

  • Media

    Lynn specialises in environmental policy and landscape management. An ecologist and planner by training, Lynn has a particular interest in enabling more people to enjoy their natural environment more often and the public benefits to be gained from enhancing engagement with green spaces. She has been involved with many different public agencies, and undertaken both radio and television interviews, as well as contributing to various professional journals and magazines.

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