The Routledge International Handbook of Higher Education for Sustainable Development gives a systematic and comprehensive overview of existing and upcoming research approaches for higher education for sustainable development. It provides a unique resource for researchers engaged in the field of higher education for sustainable development by connecting theoretical aspects of the range of relevant methodologies, showing the interdisciplinary aspects of the research field and illustrating the breadth of research directions.
With a team of international authors from leading universities in research and teaching in higher education for sustainable development this Handbook brings together a broad range of research approaches and shows how these approaches are reflected in the research practice in higher education for sustainable development. Key topics include:
- Research Paradigms and Methodologies
- Ongoing and Future Directions of Research
- Meta-Analysis and Reviews
- Policy and Politics
- Challenges for Implementation
- Action Research and Transdisciplinary Perspective
- Gender, Diversity and Post-Colonial Perspectives
- Operationalising Competencies
- Outcome-Oriented Research
- Curriculum Change
- Organisational Change and Organisational Learning
- Community and Partnerships
- University Appraisal Systems and Indicators
- Evaluation Approaches
- Engaging Academic Teachers
- Good Practice Learning and Teaching
- Transformative Leadership and Change Strategies
This Handbook is an invaluable research and teaching tool for all those working in higher education for sustainable development.
Table of Contents
Part 1 Education for Sustainable Development in Higher Education 1. Education for Sustainable Development and Sustainability Science: Re-Purposing Higher Education and Research Yoko Mochizuki and Masaru Yarime 2. Learning for Walking the Change: Eco-Social Innovation through Sustainability-oriented Higher Education Arjen E.J. Wals, Valentina C. Tassone, Gary P. Hampson and Jonathan Reams 3. Policy, Politics and Polity in Higher Education for Sustainable Development Gerd Michelsen 4. Challenges for Implementation of Education for Sustainable Development in Higher Education Institutions Ian Thomas 5. Liturgy and Glass Ceiling in the Process of Strengthening the Sustainability in Institutions of Higher Education: A Perspective from Ibero-America Edgar J. González-Gaudiano, Pablo Á. Meira-Cartea and Cynthia N. Martínez-Fernández Part 2 Paradigms and Methodologies of Research on Higher Education for Sustainable Development 6. Understanding Approaches to ESD Research on Teaching and Learning in Higher Education Stephen Sterling, Paul Warwick and Lynne Wyness 7. State of the Art in Research on Higher Education for Sustainable Development Matthias Barth and Marco Rieckmann 8. Ongoing and Future Directions of Research on Higher Education for Sustainable Development Stephen Gough, Meyrav Mor, Anna Sowter and Paul Vare 9. Case Study Research on Higher Education for Sustainable Development. Epistemological Foundation and Quality Challenges Regula Kyburz-Graber 10. Synthesis of Research in Higher Education for Sustainable Development Mark Rickinson and Alan Reid 11. Changing from within: an Action Research Perspective for Bringing about Sustainability Curriculum Change in Higher Education Fiona Wahr and Barbara de la Harpe 12. Gender and Diversity in Research on Higher Education for Sustainable Development Angela Franz-Balsen 13. Post-Colonial Perspectives in Research on Higher Education for Sustainable Development Vanessa Andreotti 14. A Review of Three Generations of Critical Theory: Towards Conceptualising Critical HESD Research Heila Lotz-Sisitka 15. Evaluation and Education for Sustainable Development: Navigating a Shifting Landscape in Regional Centres of Expertise Rob O’Donoghue Part 3: Issues and Themes of Research on Higher Education for Sustainable Development 16. Operationalising Competencies in Higher Education for Sustainable Development Arnim Wiek, Michael J. Bernstein, Rider Foley, Matthew Cohen, Nigel Forrest, Christopher Kuzdas, Braden Kay and Lauren Withycombe Keeler 17. Individual Change: Researching Educational Outcomes Achieved by Higher Education for Sustainable Development Kerry Shephard 18. Student Engagement and Leadership in Higher Education for Sustainability Daniella Tilbury 19. Towards a Scholarship of Curriculum Change: from Isolated Innovation to Transformation Kathryn Hegarty and Sarah Holdsworth 20. Organisational Change and Organisational Learning for Promoting Higher Education for Sustainable Development Paul Sylvestre and Tarah Wright 21. Higher Education for Sustainable Development in the Community and through Partnerships Debra Rowe and Krista Hiser 22. Sustainability Assessment in Higher Education Institutions: What and How? Christian Rammel, Luis Velazquez and Clemens Mader Part 4: Examples of Research on Higher Education for Sustainable Development 23. Margarita Juárez-Nájera: Sustainable Behaviour in Higher Education Institutions – An exploratory approach 24. Education for Sustainable Development and Curricular Greening of Undergraduate Courses: Trends in Brazilian Research (1987-2009) Jorge Megid Neto and Juliana Rink 25. Social Representation of Sustainable Development Models in Students at a Mexican Public University Antonio Fernández-Crispín and José David Lara-González 26. The Research Process of Understanding Biographical Learning Processes of Sustainability Entrepreneurs Jana-Michaela Timm 27. Academics' Opinions and Practices of Education for Sustainable Development: Reflections on a Nation-Wide, Mixed-Methods, Multidisciplinary Study Belinda A. Christie and Kelly K. Miller 28. Students’ Competency Development in the Context of Self-Organised and Project-Oriented Sustainability Seminars: Research at the Interface between Self-Description and Real-Life Action Mandy Singer-Brodowski 29. Towards Critique: Exploring the Politics and Praxis of Sustainable Higher Education Change from a Discursive-Praxeological Perspective Susanne Müller-Lindeque 30. Competencies for Sustainability in the Curricula of all new Degrees from the University of Valencia (Spain) Pilar Aznar Minguet, M. Ángeles Ull, Albert Piñero and M. Pilar Martínez-Agut 31. Implementing Education for Sustainability in Higher Education through Student-Centred Pedagogies Neus (Snowy) Evans
Matthias Barth is Professor of Education for Sustainable Development at Leuphana University of Lüneburg, Germany.
Gerd Michelsen is Senior Professor of Sustainability Science and UNESCO Chair of Higher Education for Sustainable Development at Leuphana University of Lüneburg, Germany.
Marco Rieckmann is Assistant Professor of Higher Education Development at the University of Vechta, Germany.
Ian Thomas is Associate Professor with the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies, RMIT University, Australia.
"Thirty years on, the promise that higher education would serve as a fulcrum to leverage the larger culture toward the dream of a sustainable future seems greatly diminished. Yet this volume demonstrates that the important research goes on. With its breadth of theoretical perspective and research design, and its depth of inquiry and critique of research practice, this edited collection substantially advances our critically important field. The editors have assembled a who’s who and what’s what of higher education for sustainable development; the book gives me hope." –Peter Blaze Corcoran, Professor of Environmental Studies and Environmental Education, Director of the Center for Environmental and Sustainability Education, Florida Gulf Coast University, USA
"Higher education has a crucial role to play in ensuring that students as future decision-makers are equipped to manage the complex and uncertain problems that confront our planet. As such it is essential that we research the policies and processes of higher education as they interlink with sustainability. This book includes chapters from some of the leading experts in sustainability in higher education, and provides an important contribution to this growing research area. It is a much needed update on a fast-changing field, and will be of interest both to early career researchers and experienced academics."
–Debby Cotton, Professor of Higher Education and Head of Educational Development, Plymouth University, UK
"Regarding higher education as a potential transformative social practice and the University as a social institution which plays a key role in the construction of a more sustainable future, this Handbook brings together reflections and concrete experiences from different countries and diverse higher education contexts, offering generative perspectives for the construction of a sustainable world, in which social and environmental justice is taken as a common goal."–Luiz Marcelo de Carvalho, São Paulo State University, Brazil
"The UN reaffirmed sustainability reform must be based on sound research. All realms of higher education must be engaged as society itself must change dramatically. Today’s graduates will lead this change as leaders in government, the private sector, and civil society. This book is a crucial guide assisting effective institutional change."–Charles Hopkins, UNESCO Chair in Reorienting Teacher Education, Canada
"The Handbook of Higher Education for Sustainable Development structures this emerging field of research and practice. By offering this structure, it is a foundational contribution to HESD. It thereby contributes to engage new generations to work on the great challenges of our times."–Karel Mulder, Initiator of the Engineering for Sustainable Development network, The Netherlands
"Moving from the UN decade on education for sustainable development into the more action-oriented Global Action Programme, this Handbook is a timely and much needed contribution to the field of higher education for sustainable development. The Handbook presents a highly useful collection of reviews, descriptions and discussions of research efforts, and has contributions by many of the big names in the field."–Magdalena Svanström, Professor of Chemical Environmental Science, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden