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Adventuring into Complexity by Exploring Data: From Complicity to Sustainability

  • West Chester University of Pennsylvania (PA)

Problems of sustainability are typically represented by major present-day challenges such as climate change, biodiversity loss, and environmental and social injustice. Framed this way, sustainable lives and societies depend on ...


Educating for transitions: ecovillages as transdisciplinary sustainability “classrooms”

  • University of Brasilia

The purpose of this paper is to discuss the pedagogical tools that can enhance transdisciplinarity in higher education and stimulate sustainability transitions, based on the case study of a partnership ...


Reimagining global citizenship education for a volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous (VUCA) world

  • University of British Columbia (BC)

In this article, I propose the need to reimagine global citizenship education for a VUCA world: volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous. In this context, it remains unclear what kind of ...


Transformative education: towards a relational, justice-oriented approach to sustainability

  • Leuphana University of Lüneburg
  • Lund University
  • One Project (CA)
  • Courage of Care Coalition (CA)

This paper aims to increase related knowledge across personal, social and ecological dimensions of sustainability and how it can be applied to support transformative learning.


Contemplative Practices in Higher Education for Sustainable Development: An exploration of their role for moving society towards sustainability

  • Blekinge Institute of Technology

In order for future sustainability leaders to stand a chance at tackling the sustainability challenge, they need to be skilled and capable enough to cope with them. Higher education for ...


From Sustainability to the Anthropocene: Reflections on a Pedagogy of Tourism Research for Planetary Attachment

  • Linnaeus University

Though tourism research has become more value-laden in its scholarship and pedagogy, there is still a risk that tourism higher education curricula (re)produce uncritical views of society and sustainability ...


Sustainability Education for the Future? Challenges and Implications for Education and Pedagogy in the 21st Century

  • The American College of Greece (Aghia Paraskevi)

The crises societies face today contribute to a rather challenging life setting that demands in-depth reflection, daring new thinking, and change urgently. Transformative education for a sustainable future is needed ...


Confronting the complexities of decolonising curricula and pedagogy in higher education

  • University of Cape Town
  • University of Pretoria
  • SOAS University Of London (Middlesex)

Recent critiques voiced by students in both the Global South and North have turned attention to the ways in which higher education practices have been informed by, and continue to ...


Collaborating for transformation: applying the Co-Laboratorio approach to bridge research, pedagogy and practice

  • Simon Fraser University (BC)

Intractable issues such as poverty, environmental degradation and economic and social exclusions, as exemplified in the SDGs, are inherently systemic problems that require multi-actor collaborations. This paper presents the learnings ...


Developing Sustainability Competences Through Pedagogical Approaches: Experiences from International Case Studies

  • Gävle University College

This book is aimed at developing sustainability competences through pedagogical approaches by comparing 15 case studies from 12 countries in 4 continents (Africa, America, Australia, and Europe) analysing how Sustainable ...

  • Posted April 23, 2021
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The Risk and Potentiality of Engaging with Sustainability Problems in Education—A Pragmatist Teaching Approach

  • Ghent University

This article engages in the discussion about education's role in relation to sustainability problems, a debate characterised by a tension between two legitimate concerns: a concern about the instrumentalisation ...

  • Posted April 22, 2021
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Learning and Teaching Interdisciplinary Skills in Sustainable Urban Development—The Case of Tampere University, Finland

  • Tampere University of Applied Sciences

Developing the economic, environmental, and social sustainability of urban environments is challenging due to the complex and interconnected nature of the context and objectives. In order to be successful in ...

  • Posted April 8, 2021
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The Use of Reflective Pedagogies in Sustainability Leadership Education—A Case Study

  • Blekinge Institute of Technology

This study aims to examine the use of reflective pedagogies in sustainability leadership education by investigating two specific pedagogical tools—the Portfolio and Pod—employed by the Master’s in ...


Critical food systems education, neoliberalism, and the alternative campus tour

  • Trent University (ON)

While still quite modest, the body of scholarship on pedagogy related to teaching for more socio-ecologically just food systems is growing. However, this body of work is largely silent on ...


Integrated reporting education and hegemonic domination

  • University of Pretoria

Orientation: Conventional accounting education is presented from a business perspective that rationalises the prioritisation of shareholder interests. Such a paradigm, viewed as the hegemony of business, fails to deliver on ...


Teaching Climate Leadership: Promoting Integrative Learning in Courses on Strong Sustainability

  • Northeastern University (MA)

This article describes how the theory of integrative learning frames student learning in a course on climate leadership. The course is grounded in the theory of strong sustainability, which is ...


The use of evidence-informed sustainability scenarios in the nursing curriculum: Development and evaluation of teaching methods

  • University of Plymouth (Devon)

Background Climate change and resource scarcity pose challenges for healthcare in the future, yet there is little to raise awareness about these issues in the nursing curriculum and nurses are ...


Building new foundations: the future of education from a degrowth perspective

  • Konzeptwerk Neue Ökonomie

Considering education in the context of making and unmaking sustainable futures, a growing relevance is attributed to the role of shared beliefs or mental infrastructures which shape the way people ...


Critical Sustainabilities: Negotiating Sustainability’s Discursive Maze in the Classroom

  • Texas State University, San Marcos (TX)

“Sustainability” features in numerous discourses, each of which frames the issue according to its particular worldview(s). Thus there is no singular sustainability conception, but multiple sustainabilities that compete with ...


From Linear Industrial Structures to Living Systems: A Design Shift in Education for Sustainability

  • Arizona State University (AZ)

If sustainability is to be an integral part of rethinking education organization, it is necessary to redesign mental models that shape present curricular structures. Assumptions underlying the design of most ...


Coming of Age at the End of the World: The Affective Arc of Undergraduate Environmental Studies Curricula

  • Humboldt State University (CA)

Sarah Jaquette Ray writes about her experiences as an educator having to navigate the complex classroom emotions that arise in this age of imminent environmental collapse in this chapter on ...


Sustaining future environmental educators: building critical interdisciplinary teaching capacity among graduate students

  • Portland State University (OR)
  • University of Oregon (OR)
  • University of Washington, Seattle (WA)
  • University of Washington, Bothell (WA)

Scholars of environmental studies and sciences must work across disciplinary boundaries, especially in politically charged contexts with clear race and class-based inequities. Sustainability-focused programs are confronted with the task of ...


Critical Pedagogy and Eco-pedagogy: Discussing Ethics and Radical Environmentalism at Business School

  • The Hague University of Applied Science

This article discusses critical pedagogy and ecopedagogy, which stimulate active citizenship through the lessons of environmentalism, exposing students to the critique of the underlying power structures of society. This article ...


Using Vertically Integrated Projects to embed research-based education for sustainable development in undergraduate curricula

  • Georgia Institute of Technology (GA)
  • University of Strathclyde

Purpose This paper aims to share the University of Strathclyde’s experience of embedding research-based education for sustainable development (RBESD) within its undergraduate curricula through the use of an innovative ...


An evaluation of Shiraz University curriculum renewal process based on strategic approach of education for sustainable development

  • Shiraz University (Fars)

This paper attempts to report key findings from some inquiries into the curriculum renewal process (CRP) which is hereby undergoing at Shiraz University. The research investigates into implementing sustainability criteria ...


Petro-pedagogy: fossil fuel interests and the obstruction of climate justice in public education

  • University of Regina (SK)

The corporate control of energy production and the reach of fossil capital into civil and political society can be understood as a regime of obstruction that is preventing necessary action ...

  • Posted April 17, 2020
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Exploring Undergraduate Attainment of Sustainability Competencies

  • Tufts University (MA)
  • University of New Hampshire (NH)

Are students graduating from sustainability education programs with the competencies that will enable them to act for sustainability? This case study 1.) explores the degree to which a project-based capstone ...

  • Posted March 6, 2020
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Education for sustainability: Fostering a more conscious society and transformation towards sustainability

  • Lund University

Current approaches to sustainability science and education focus on (assessing and addressing) the external world of ecosystems, wider socio-economic structures, technology and governance dynamics. A major shortcoming of such approaches ...

  • Posted March 6, 2020
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Integrating sustainability in higher planning education through international cooperation: Assessment of a pedagogical model and learning outcomes from the students’ perspective

  • University of Belgrade
  • University of Stuttgart (Stuttgart)

Purpose This paper aims to supplement existing research on a joint approach to integrate sustainability into higher planning education (HPE) by facilitating an international transformative learning process. It looks at ...

  • Posted March 5, 2020
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If a Tree Falls: Business Students Learning Active Citizenship from Environmentalists

  • The Hague University of Applied Science
  • University of Oulu

This article presents and discusses student assignments reflecting on the documentary film If a Tree Falls, written as part of the Business Ethics and Sustainability course at The Hague University ...

  • Posted March 4, 2020
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Competencies and Pedagogies for Sustainability Education: A Roadmap for Sustainability Studies Program Development in Colleges and Universities

  • Colorado Mountain College (CO)

Sustainability studies educators in colleges and universities must identify and teach the knowledge, skills, and abilities their graduates will most need to advance sustainability while confronting perhaps the most serious ...


Interacting Pedagogies: A Review and Framework for Sustainability Education

  • Arizona State University (AZ)

Although the Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005–2014) was a period of rapid pedagogical revitalization and innovation, much sustainability education today is still delivered using transmissive and instrumental ...

  • Posted July 19, 2019
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Education for Sustainability in Education: A Focus on Pedagogical Approaches for Effective Teaching and Learning

  • Michigan State University (MI)

Teaching and learning for sustainable development have become an important area of educational endeavour that educators are responsible for. Given the need to educate citizens about sustainable ways of living ...


Creating Pedagogy to Integrate Sustainability and the Arts

  • Xavier University (OH)

The creation of a sustainable world urgently requires managers of organizations to consider large-scale changes in the practices and policies of social and economic institutions. Compelling scientific and economic information ...


Resilience and Pedagogy: Learning From International Field Studies in Urban Resilience in Canada and Germany

  • Simon Fraser University (BC)
  • Technical University of Dortmund

What impact does an immersive, international field school experience have on learning about urban resilience; and conversely, what impact does a framing concept of urban resilience have on international field ...


International perspectives on the pedagogy of climate change

  • Purchase College - State University of New York (NY)
  • University of Massachusetts Lowell (MA)
  • Prince Sultan University (Riyadh)
  • Universidad de Sonora (Sonora)
  • University of Applied Sciences Zittau/Görlitz

Education is key to the advancement of environmental sustainability. Climate change education is a complex topic where a number of factors play key roles. One such factor, namely the ongoing ...

  • Posted April 29, 2019
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Connecting Sustainability Competences and Pedagogical Approaches

  • AASHE (PA)
  • Tecnológico de Monterrey (Nuevo Leon)

Research into and practice of Higher Education for Sustainable Development (HESD) have been increasing during the last two decades. These have focused on providing sustainability education to future generations of ...

  • Posted March 11, 2019
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Seeking sustainability competence and capability in the ESD and HESD literature: an international philosophical hermeneutic analysis

  • University of Otago (Otago)
  • University of Vechta
  • Leuphana University of Lüneburg

Education for sustainable development (ESD) and higher education for sustainable development (HESD) are complex, multidisciplinary fields of enquiry, drawing on concepts and terms from different disciplines and languages. Although the ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2019
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Looking for Sustainable Systems on Campus

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)
  • State University of New York at New Paltz (NY)

Higher education campuses play an important role in developing visionary models of sustainability that integrate campus facilities, student learning, and research. We reflect on a series of visits to campuses ...

  • Posted Jan. 11, 2019
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Twenty-First Century Learning as a Radical Re-Thinking of Education in the Service of Life

  • Cape Breton University (NS)

The education reforms called for in 21st century education initiatives have been characterized as radical. International efforts to reformulate education for 21st century teaching and learning are well-funded initiatives by ...

  • Posted Jan. 11, 2019
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An emerging signature pedagogy for sustainable food systems education

  • Montana State University (MT)
  • University of California, Davis (CA)
  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)
  • University of British Columbia (BC)

Concerns are growing over the ability of the modern food system to simultaneously achieve food security and environmental sustainability in the face of global change. Yet, the dominant tendency within ...

  • Posted Dec. 11, 2018
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Deep learning for a sustainability mindset

  • University of Oulu
  • United Nations Global Compact (NY)

While ‘sustainability’ in management education is mostly addressed from a technical perspective, the emotional and ‘being’ aspects can be key for creating a new mindset. In this paper the authors ...


Wicked Leadership Competencies for Sustainability Professionals: Definition, Pedagogy, and Assessment

  • Virginia Tech (VA)

Sustainability professionals need specialized leadership competencies to effectively influence the complex, uncertain, conflicted, and dynamic (i.e., wicked) sustainability challenges of our time. Higher education programs can teach these leadership ...

  • Posted Nov. 15, 2018
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A pedagogy of interconnectedness for encountering climate change as a wicked sustainability problem

  • University of Helsinki
  • University of Eastern Finland

Climate change is a wicked problem of our time. It is a phenomenon that is difficult to combat with prevailing ways of thinking and behaving related to a modern understanding ...

  • Posted Nov. 15, 2018
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Linking Teaching Practices to Students' Pro-Sustainability Behaviors

  • Michigan State University (MI)
  • Teachers College, Columbia University (NY)

Broadly integrating sustainability throughout higher education curriculum is a common goal among instructors, scholars, and the AASHE community. But while sustainability knowledge is good in its own right, research has ...

  • Posted Nov. 5, 2018
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Campus Sustainability Plans as Pedagogical Opportunities for High Impact Student Experiences

  • Furman University (SC)

As universities strive for increased sustainability, there is a growing need for coordinated and comprehensive campus sustainability plans that provide specific action items and clear roadmaps to improved sustainability within ...

  • Posted Nov. 5, 2018
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Environment and Pedagogy in Higher Education

  • Kennesaw State University (GA)

The commitment to participate in ecological protection has grown considerably and, in the academic world, it has been tackled primarily by the Social Sciences. The Humanities has followed suit and ...


Pedagogy and Evaluation of an Envision Case Study Module Bridging Sustainable Engineering and Behavioral Science

  • Virginia Tech (VA)

Designing for sustainability demands systems thinking and problem-based learning focused on the types of ill-structured problems found in the real world. The approach detailed in this paper uses the Envision ...

  • Posted Oct. 23, 2018
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Education for Sustainable Human and Environmental Systems: From Theory to Practice

  • Oklahoma State University (OK)

The goal of Sustainable Human and Environmental Systems (SHES) education is to prepare students to facilitate social learning in communities that builds knowledge of, capacity for, and commitment to sustainability ...

  • Posted Sept. 19, 2018
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Environmental Communication Pedagogy and Practice

  • Dominican University of California (CA)
  • New Mexico State University (NM)
  • The University of New Mexico (NM)

Given the urgency of environmental problems, how we communicate about our ecological relations is crucial. Environmental Communication Pedagogy and Practice is concerned with ways to help learners effectively navigate and ...

  • Posted Sept. 19, 2018
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