1st Edition

Designing an Innovative Pedagogy for Sustainable Development in Higher Education

Edited By Vasiliki Brinia, J. Paulo Davim Copyright 2020
    154 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    154 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    Designing an Innovative Pedagogy for Sustainable Development in Higher Education

    This book develops a "green pedagogy" and an innovation mindset in higher education by using approaches based on innovative design thinking, arts-based practices, digital transformation, and entrepreneurship for sustainable development. New pedagogical methods and educational solutions are developed throughout this book to offer pedagogical support to both students and university/college-level instructors.

    This book leads students as well as their instructors, through an artful and experimental way of thinking and doing, to take the ownership of the co-creation process. This is the basis for increasing social responsibility, motivation and commitment, and fostering creativity and innovation.

    An educational toolkit, including human-centric design methods, digital tools, creative and arts-based practices, innovation-related skills, and nascent and social entrepreneurship competencies, is provided for higher education instructors. This method kit will help instructors support students in the process of creating new knowledge for addressing real-world problems and enhance their societal involvement, foster entrepreneurial spirit, and reach opportunities for a sustainable future.


    • Discusses arts-based education and entrepreneurship-based skills.
    • Presents digital transformation and innovation-related skills for sustainable development.
    • Proposes an experimental culture of thinking and doing.
    • Provides agile and collaborative development methodology.
    • Leads students to be much more creative and innovative.
    • Offers a method kit for instructors to respond to 21st-century requirements in the field of higher education.

    1. The Economics of Sustainable Development. 2. Sustainable Development in Higher Education: A Constructivist Conceptual Framework for Smart Learning and Education. 3. Cultural heritage and education for sustainability. 4. "I can be the beginning of what I want to see in the world" - Outcomes of a drama workshop on sustainability in teacher education. 5. Knowledge creation and sharing in higher education: The long-run effect in sustainable development . 6. Entrepreneurship in higher education and nascent entrepreneurship. 7. Education in Social Entrepreneurship for Sustainable Development: A case study in teacher education at the University of Athens, Greece. 8. Developing an innovative pedagogy for sustainability in Higher Education.


    Dr. Vasiliki Brinia is the Scientific Director of the Teacher Education Program of the Athens University of Economics and Business and a lecturer at the Department of Informatics, School of Information Sciences and Technology of the Athens University of Economics and Business. She is the head of the scientific committee for the Teacher Education Program of the Hellenic Open University. She holds two Bachelor’s Degrees in Business Administration, a Master's Degree in Business Administration (MBA), a Diploma in Pedagogical Studies, a Diploma in Counseling, a Doctoral Degree (Ph.D.) in Education and Teaching Sciences with specialization in the teaching methodology of Secondary Education with experiential teaching methods, and has carried out PostDoc Research in the teaching methodology of adult education with experiential teaching methods. She has been an expert-advisor at the Ministry of Education in the organizational and administrative restructuring of the Greek educational system. She has long-term administrative and teaching experience in secondary education, higher education and adult education. She has pursued extensive research and writing activities in Greece and abroad. In particular, she has made 83 publications which are research papers that have been published in international scientific journals with the blind peer review system. Also, she has more than 35 papers in conferences. She is an active member of many Editorial Advisory Boards as editor in chief, Guest Editor of journals, books Editor, associate editor and reviewer for many international journals and conferences. In addition, he has also published as author (and co-author) 5 text books.

    Dr. J. Paulo Davim his Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1997, M.Sc. degree in Mechanical Engineering (materials and manufacturing processes) in 1991, Mechanical Engineering degree (5 years) in 1986, from the University of Porto (FEUP), the Aggregate title (Full Habilitation) from the University of Coimbra in 2005 and the D.Sc. from London Metropolitan University in 2013. He is Senior Chartered Engineer by the Portuguese Institution of Engineers with an MBA and Specialist title in Engineering and Industrial Management. He is also Eur Ing by FEANI-Brussels and Fellow (FIET) by IET-London. Currently, he is Professor at the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the University of Aveiro, Portugal. He has more than 30 years of teaching and research experience in Manufacturing, Materials, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, with special emphasis in Machining & Tribology. He has also interest in Management, Engineering Education and Higher Education for Sustainability. He has guided large numbers of postdoc, Ph.D. and master’s students as well as has coordinated and participated in several financed research projects. He has received several scientific awards. He has worked as evaluator of projects for ERC-European Research Council and other international research agencies as well as examiner of Ph.D. thesis for many universities in different countries. He is the Editor in Chief of several international journals, Guest Editor of journals, books Editor, book Series Editor and Scientific Advisory for many international journals and conferences. Presently, he is an Editorial Board member of 30 international journals and acts as reviewer for more than 100 prestigious Web of Science journals. In addition, he has also published as editor (and co-editor) more than 120 books and as author (and co-author) more than 10 books, 80 book chapters and 400 articles in journals and conferences (more than 250 articles in journals indexed in Web of Science core collection/h-index 52+/9000+ citations, SCOPUS/h-index 57+/11000+ citations, Google Scholar/h-index 74+/17000+).