CGHE Annual Conference

CGHE 2020 Annual Conference webinar panel: Higher education and sustainability

  • Thursday, 03 Sep 2020 14:00 - 15:00
  • Zoom webinar, registration required
  • Tristan McCowan, UCL Institute of Education
  • Hilligje van't Land, International Association of Universities (IAU)
  • Jackline Nyerere, Kenyatta University
  • Robin Shields, University of Bristol

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Universities are heavily implicated in the current global crisis of climate and environment. They are the locus of most environmental science, and are spearheading the development of innovative technologies that may enable more sustainable futures. With increasing proportions of the population progressing to higher education, they also have a fundamental role in educating young people about sustainable development. At the same time, they are also contributors to climate change and environmental destruction, through their own emissions, their international students and academic travel, their investments, and their complicity with an economic and cultural model of wasteful consumption that has created the problems in the first place. This panel debates the current and potential roles of higher education in relation to sustainability. It assesses the impact that higher education systems have on graduate perceptions, attitudes and actions relating to the environment, the impact of their research and community engagement, their own campus operations, and the ways in which these might be transformed. It also engages with the complex ideological and epistemic questions surrounding sustainable development, distrust of experts and climate denial, and the role of student and staff activism and mobilisation.

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Tristan McCowan

Tristan McCowan

Tristan McCowan is a Co-Investigator on CGHE’s global higher education engagement research programme.

Hilligje van't Land

Hilligje van’t Land is Secretary General, International Association of Universities (IAU), based in Paris. IAU has more than 650 member higher education associations and institutions worldwide.

Jackline Nyerere

Dr. Jackline Nyerere holds a PhD in Educational Leadership and Policy from Kenyatta University, Kenya, and professional training in Higher Education Leadership and Management from Carl Von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg-Germany. She co-chairs the Education for Sustainable Development in Africa – Next Generation researchers (ESDA-NGR) network.

Robin Shields

Robin Shields is Professor of Education at University of Bristol. His research and teaching interests focus on the globalisation of education.

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