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Suzanne Leckie

Suzanne Leckie BSc, MSc, HEA Fellow

Senior Lecturer in Environmental Geography


Suzanne is an Environmental Geographer in Department of the Natural and Built Environment.  Her academic interests are broad, but mainly encompassing people's relationships with the natural environment and how these are influenced and managed for the greatest net benefit.  She also has extensive experience of course design, operational and people management.

Having moved to Sheffield in her student days, Suzanne is happy to be counted as one of the many who have fallen for the charms of the area and stayed awhile.  

  • About

    Suzanne was inspired by a childhood of grubbing about in nature and the 1979 David Attenborough 'Life on Earth' series to develop an interest in environmental conservation.  She subsequently studied a degree in Environmental Studies at what was then Sheffield City Polytechnic.  
    Following graduation she began her career working for the Peak District National Park as an environmental educator, trainer and ultimately the education service manager. Tasks ranged from creating nature areas in school grounds, teaching residential field-study courses, delivering training courses to countryside professionals on subjects ranging from woodland management to designing inspiring educational events and, as the service manager, developing partnership projects with organisations such as the YHA and Water Companies. 

    She completed an MSc in Human Resource Management to support consultancy work in 'management development' training for the environment sector.   

    In 2003 Suzanne joined Sheffield Hallam University for a lecturing post.  Since then she has taught on an evolving range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses - in Countryside Recreation Management, Outdoor Management Development, Environmental Conservation, Environmental Management, Geography, Human Geography and Planning.  

    In addition to teaching, as a Principal Lecturer Suzanne has held many positions of operational and staff management responsibility, including Head of Geography, Environment and Planning, and Postgraduate Programme Leader. 

    Suzanne's main academic and professional interests are in the field of developing environmental understanding, appreciation and behavior, and also in landscape conservation and management. 

    Suzanne has maintained contact with the professional sector having been a government appointed Member of the Peak District National Park Authority for 8 years, a Trustee of Whirlow Hall Farm for 10 years and she is now a Trustee of Sheffield & Rotherham Wildlife Trust.  

    She currently works part-time as a Senior Lecturer, and is able to spend much more time exploring interesting landscapes and places in her campervan.

  • Teaching

    Suzanne teaches across undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the Department of the Natural and Built Environment, as well as supervising the occasional Ph.D.   Her teaching modules include; 
    'Outdoor Learning for the Environment and Geography' 
    'People and the Natural Environment' 
    'Advanced Field Research' 
    'Cultural Landscapes and Protected Landscape Management'
    'Professional Practice'  

  • Research

    Suzanne's main research and consultancy interests relate to the interface between people and the environment. In 2009 she undertook a research visit to Japan to explore visitor management in Japanese National Parks. 

    She has undertaken consultancy work for Sheffield Wildlife Trust to develop an evaluation system to measure the benefits of their people focused projects, and has organised conferences for the Association of National Park Authorities. 

    She was also commissioned to lead a project for the Department of Foreign and International Development in designing an environmental education curriculum for the Silistra region of Bulgaria.

    Suzanne has also undertaken research related to learning and teaching, including investigating student  placements in 2014 (funded by a Sheffield Hallam Learning and Teaching award) and the issues related to transition to postgraduate study in 2012 (funded by SHU 'students into research' initiative). 

  • Publications


    Swarbrooke, J., Beard, C., Leckie, S., & Pomfret, G. (2003). Adventure tourism : the new frontier. Oxford: Butterworth-Heinemann.

  • Other activities

    Suzanne has been an external examiner for rural leisure, countryside and heritage management degree courses at both Harper Adams University College and the Royal Agricultural College. 

    Her personal interests include enjoying the outdoors through mountain walking, cycling and just moseying, watching and absorbing it.   

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