chris park


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I am a happily retired academic with more than 30 years experience in university teaching, research and senior management in the UK. These days I enjoy spending time reading, writing, walking and travelling, but rarely all at the same time!


I am a Professor Emeritus at Lancaster University where I was Director of the Graduate School (2001-9). I also enjoyed my experiences working with and for the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA). In a previous life as a geographer I wrote numerous books and academic papers, mainly on the environment.


Books  |  The UK doctorate  |  Postgraduate student experience  |  Plagiarism  |  Contact




Chris Park (2015) To love and seve the Lord: the story of St Thomas’, Lancaster, 1841-2010. Lulu Publishing

Chris Park (2014) Swaledale and Richmond: the story of a dale. Lancaster: Carnegie Publishing

Chris Park (2013) God: real or imagined? Preston: Zaccmedia. Amazon page. Promotional video -



Kindle eBooks


Chris Park (2013) St Francis of Assisi: a man for our times.

Chris Park (2013) Caring for Creation. Towards a Christian environmental theology.




AMAZON author page (for details of books still in print or available second-hand)



Park, C. and Allaby, M. (2013) Dictionary of Environment and Conservation. 2nd edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press


Park, C. (2010) Francis: life and lessons. Milton Keynes: AuthorHouse. Available online here


Park, C. (2008) Dictionary of Environment and Conservation. Oxford: Oxford University Press


Pooley, C., Owen, S., Clark, G., Folkard, A., Park, C., and Watson, N. (2005) Rivers and the British Landscape. Lancaster: Carnegie


Park, C. (2001) The Environment: Principles and Applications. London: Routledge


Park, C. (1994) Sacred Worlds: an Introduction to Geography and Religion. London: Routledge


Park, C. (1992) Caring for Creation. London: Marshall Pickering.


Park, C. (1992) Tropical Rainforests. London: Routledge


Park, C. (1991) Environmental Hazards. London: Macmillan.


Park, C. (1990) Acid Rain: Rhetoric and reality. London: Routledge [re-published in 2013 in the Routledge Revivals series; details here]


Park, C. (1989) Chernobyl: the Long Shadow. London: Routledge [re-published in 2012 in the Routledge Revivals series; details here]


Park, C. (editor) (1986) Environmental Policies: an International Review. London: Croom Helm [re-published in 2013 in the Routledge Revivals series; details here]


Cloke, P.J. and Park, C. (1985) Rural Resource Management. London: Croom Helm [re-published in 2013 in the Routledge Revivals series; details here]


Park, C. (1980) Ecology and Environmental Management. Folkestone: Butterworths


The UK doctorate  


Denicolo, P. and Park, C. (2010) Doctorateness - an elusive concept? Gloucester: Quality Assurance Agency


Park, C. (2007) Redefining the Doctorate. York: The Higher Education Academy.


Park, C. (2007) PhD quo vadis? Envisioning futures for the UK doctorate. in Hinchcliffe, R., Bromley, T. and Hutchinson, S. (eds) Skills training in research degree programmes: politics and practice. London: Open University Press


Park, C. (2005) New variant PhD: the changing nature of the doctorate in the UK. Journal of Higher Education Policy & Management 27 (2); 189-207


Park, C. (2003) Levelling the playing field: towards best practice in the doctoral viva. Higher Education Review 36 (1); 47-67

Postgraduate student experience

Park, C. and Wells, P. (2010) Taught postgraduate experience survey. PTES 2010 report. York: Higher Education Academy.


Park, C. (2009) The research student experience: lessons from PRES. York: Higher Education Academy.


Park, C. and Kulej, M. (2009) Taught postgraduate experience survey 2009. York: Higher Education Academy.


Kulej, M. and Park, C. (2008) Postgraduate Research Experience Survey 2008. Final Report. York: Higher Education Academy.


Park, C. (2008) The taught postgraduate student experience: lessons from a Higher Education Academy survey. York: Higher Education Academy.


Park, C., Hanbury, A., Kulej, M. and Harvey, L. (2007) Postgraduate Research Experience Survey 2007. Final Report. York: Higher Education Academy.


Park, C. (2005) War of attrition: patterns of non-completion amongst postgraduate research students. Higher Education Review 38 (1); 48-53


Park, C. (2004) The graduate teaching assistant (GTA): lessons from North American experience. Teaching in Higher Education 9 (3); 349-361


Park, C. and Ramos, M. (2002) The donkey in the department? Insights into the Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) experience in the UK. Journal of Graduate Education 3 (2): 47-53


Park, C. (2002) Neither fish nor fowl? The perceived benefits and problems of using Graduate Teaching Assistants to teach undergraduate students. Higher Education Review 35 (1): 50-62


Park, C. (2004) Rebels without a clause: towards an institutional framework for dealing with plagiarism by students. Journal of Further and Higher Education 28 (3); 291-306


Park, C. (2003) In other (people's) words: plagiarism by university students - literature and lessons. Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education 28 (5): 471-488