Future is due: reflecting on local and global practice to discover effective sustainability

Diniz, Tatiana and Glover, Alison (2010). Future is due: reflecting on local and global practice to discover effective sustainability. In: Proceedings of the Newport NEXUS Conference: Enhancing Research-Teaching Links in Higher Education, 3 pp. 59–69.

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Abstract

Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship (ESDGC) demands an interdisciplinary approach and is calling for attention in all disciplines, from the social sciences to engineering. It should act as a common room where expertise can be shared in order to identify future practice that is beyond the specific knowledge within each field. Furthermore, its relevance has been acknowledged by both government and funding agencies and it already figures as a key element of concern for shaping future policies within higher education. This paper explores the concept of sustainability and its boundaries, drawing on current practice led by universities in different contexts, the United Kingdom and Latin America. Recent research findings from Brazil and Wales will be presented via a virtual journey illustrating how universities are approaching sustainability in different global contexts. This aims to demonstrate that sustainability can mean different things and that there are various ways of engaging with students and staff. This work is part of an empowerment workshop which includes the use of images, allowing participants to explore personal interpretations of sustainability and determine the importance and relevance of presented concepts to their department and institution. The intention being for participants to decide on the possible paths their department and institution could engage in towards sustainability by reflecting on priorities for effective action within their institution.

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