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International Thematic Network SEDwise 'Sustainability Education'

‘Sustainability Education – Teaching and learning in the face of wicked socio-ecological problems’

This International Thematic Network (ITN) was established with the aim to conceptualise (theoretically) and develop (experimentally) adequate forms of teaching and learning in the face of sustainability issues. Often characterised as ‘wicked’ or ‘unstructured’ problems, complex sustainability issues such as climate change, loss of biodiversity, resource depletion, gentrification, etc. bring about major pedagogical challenges. Further research and capacity building is required to support (university) educators who are often struggling with the implementation and conceptualisation of sustainability education. SEDwise engages with the frontiers of knowledge in the field of sustainability education research and fosters fruitful interactions between theory and practice. By bringing together UGent teachers who are strongly engaged in integrating sustainability in their education activities with a selected group of international sustainability education researchers, Ghent University serves as a 'living lab' for innovative experiments with sustainability education in varied curricula and courses. SEDwise develops diverse activities in the domains of education, research and services to society, e.g.: - pilot experiments aimed at integrating sustainability in university education in various fields - workshops and seminars for researchers and educators - in-service training for (university) educators and educational policy staff - summer schools for doctoral and master students - action research about integrating sustainability in university education in various fields - international conferences - projects of ‘community service learning’ - public lectures - …

UGent partners: Thomas Block (promoter, Department of Political Sciences) – Gert Goeminne (Department of Political Sciences) – An Cliquet (Department of European, Public and International Law) – Michiel De Krom (Department of Sociology) – Brent Bleys (Department of General economics) – Joost Dessein (Department of Agricultural economics) – Bea Merckx (Teacher Training Arteveldehogeschool) – Michiel Dehaene (Department of Architecture and urban planning) – Steven De Meester (Department of Industrial biological sciences) –  Stefaan De Henauw (Department of Public health) – Bart Defloor (Department of General economics) – Erik Paredis (Department of Political Sciences) –  Michel De Paepe (Department of Flow, heat and combustion mechanics) – Frank Nevens (Department of Applied biosciences) – Griet Roets (Department of Social work and social pedagogy) – Katrien Van Poeck (network coordinator, Department of Political Sciences)

International partners (Environmental and Sustainability Education researchers): Leif Östman (Uppsala University, Sweden) – Heila Lotz-Sisitka (Rhodes University, South-Africa) – Jeppe Læssøe (Aarhus University, Denmark) – Jonas Andreasen Lysgaard (Aarhus University, Denmark) – Arjen Wals (University of Gothenburg & Wageningen University, Sweden & The Netherlands) – David O. Kronlid (Uppsala University, Sweden) – Eva Friman (Uppsala University, Sweden) – Alan Reid (Monash University, Australia) – Elsa Lee (University of Cambridge, UK) – Marcia McKenzie (University of Saskatchewan, Canada) – Johan Öhman (Örebro University, Sweden) – Stefan Bengtsson (Uppsala University, Sweden) – Michael Håkansson (Stockholm University, Sweden) – Luiz Marcelo de Carvalho (Universidade Estadual Paulista, Brasil) – Petra Hansson (Oslo University, Norway) - Pernilla Andersson (Stockholm University, Sweden) - Johanna Lönngren (Umeå University, Sweden)




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