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Beau Miles


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Personal profile


Beau works in the faculty of education at Monash University as a lecturer. His PhD 'The Secret Life of the Sea Kayaker', addresses the phenomenon of lived experieces, storytelling, and the importance of reflecting on experiences in the aftermath.

Beau's research methodology has emerged from many years of traveling and storytelling via film, resulting in several documentary film projcets. Post Doc, Beau now turns the lens on others to illuminate the sub-cultrual lives of people experiencing the outdoors (such as his recent expedition to the Outer Hebredes with the students from the University of Cumbria).

Beau is the founder of the International Sea Kayaking Educators Symposium (ISKES), was the first person to run the Australian Alps Walking Track, is the Visual Editor of the Journal of Outdoor and Environmental Education, and is a novice woodchopper doing the rounds at the country shows.

Monash teaching commitment

EDF1174 Foundations of outdoor education and environmental studies

EDF2174 Outdoor education, learners and contexts

EDF2175 Human interactions and relationships in outdoor education

EDF3174 Emerging outdoor environments

EDF3175 Outdoor environments, education and sustainability


Academic Advisor of Outdoor Education

Research area keywords

  • The lived experience of recreators (guides, participants, adventurers)
  • Technics/technology within outdoor education
  • Landscape/seascape phenomenology
  • Expeditionary learning
  • Traditional culture/activity histories within recreation