2b. Educating for sustainability

Track Chairs:

Rodrigo Lozano. University of Gävle, Sweden. rodrigo.lozano@hig.se

Sandra Caeiro. Department of Science and Technology, Universidade Aberta and Center for Environmental and Sustainability Research, School of Science and Technology, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal. scaeiro@uab.pt

Goals and objectives of the track

Education for sustainability, more known as Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) has a very important role to contribute to the main theme of the ISDRS 2018 Conference. ESD research and practice have had a rapid increase during the twenty last years, from campus operations, to curricula development and delivery, to sustainability reports, and to organisational change management. The aim of this track is to build upon previously published ESD knowledge, boost current practices, and propose innovative ideas to make societies more sustainable. We invite researchers, educational institutions, practitioners, and stakeholders committed to ESD to this track in order to share your knowledge and experiences, and present your research activities in this topic.

Contributions from the following areas include, but are not limited, to the following themes:

  • Innovative and Inclusive approaches in sustainability science education;
  • ESD competence based teaching related to international policy processes of the Sustainable Development Goals;
  • Rethinking education for sustainable development theories, practices and approaches;
  • New competences and pedagogical models for education for sustainable development;
  • Stakeholder engagement and participation for education for sustainable development;
  • Drivers to ESD implementation, barriers in adopting ESD, and strategies to overcome resistance to sustainability implementation;
  • ESD efforts to change attitudes, behaviours, and lifestyles;
  • Knowledge transfer and partnerships between academia, companies, civil society, and governments;
  • Explore sustainability knowledge/literacy acquisition at individual, institution and country level;
  • Evaluation of the impact of Education for Sustainability actions and approaches;
  • Holistic integration of sustainable development into whole educational system, such as education, research, campus operations, outreach, assessment, reporting, on-campus life experiences, and educating-the-educators;
  • Integration of education for sustainable development in all educational chain from kindergarten to university and thereafter, in life-long learning and labour market; and
  • Sustainability assessment tools and benchmarking of education and research.

We invite all participants to build upon the many great works on ESD already published, to explicitly state what their contribution to ESD is, and how other researchers can learn from your experiences.


You may submit your abstract by visiting the Ex Ordo abstract submission system (you will be required to setup an account first): http://isdrs2018.exordo.com
Deadline for abstracts: 30 November 2017 7 January 2018