Ellen Vandenplas holds a masters degree in Educational Sciences. Since 2017, Ellen supports courses and faculties at Ghent University in interating sustainability in education. Sinds august 2019 she is affliated as a doctoral researcher. Her PHD focus on climate change education and the question on how to handle existential concerns of students in view of climate change. Moreover she is interested in learning for sustainable development (ESD) and always searching to what extent ESD can ‘grow’ and ‘flourish’ in the education practice of a university and be ‘significant’ at the same time.
Previously she worked for Ecocampus – the Sustainable Higher Education Program - of the Flemish government where she supported universities and colleges to integrate sustainable development into their education, research and social services. She started her career as a project coordinator for the Center for Nature and Environmental Education.