NOTE: Text, photographs and graphics by Asitha Jayawardena (http://uk.linkedin.com/in/asithaj) as part of his Sustainable University One-stop Shop Experiment (http://www.sustainableuni.kk5.org/). Logos are from websites of LSBU and RCE London.
London South Bank University (LSBU) launched a research group, ‘SUSTAINABILITY: Policy, Practice and Pedagogy’, in London on 2 November 2017.
Hosted by LSBU School of Law and Social Sciences, this Sustainability research group aims to achieve sustainability through research, education and action.
Sustainability through research, education and action
The group will develop and promote research and action on sustainability as a new and emerging interdisciplinary area which draws from the social sciences as well as other disciplinary landscapes in order to address the complex, real-world wicked problems of today, such as climate change, global inequality, forced migration, biodiversity loss, social and environmental justice.
Framed within the context of UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and UNESCO’s Global Action Plan (GAP), the group’s work will be linked to the Centre for Social Justice and Global Responsibility at the School of Law and Social Sciences.
Building on the work of the London Regional Centre of Expertise (RCE) on Education for Sustainability (EfS), which is hosted at LSBU, the group will also link with the wider global RCE network of the UN University and UNESCO networks.
Led by the group’s lead academics – Professor Ros Wade (LSBU Education for Sustainability EfS programme/ London RCE), Dr Glenn Strachan (LSBU EfS programme) and Lynn Vickery (London RCE) – the inaugural meeting was attended by academics from LSBU, the University of East London (UEL) and the University of Gloucestershire.
At this meeting, the participants developed a combined vision and sense of purpose in line with the Centre for Social Justice and Global Responsibility, developed a two-year research strategy for the group and a timetable of actions/ events for 2017-2018, and planned a publication or a journal on addressing the themes of the SDGs.
LSBU, a sustainability leader in higher education
As an active leader in sustainability in UK higher education, LSBU hosts the RCE London, which was launched at the university in 2009. With RCE London, it hosted European RCE meeting 2016 on 23 and 24 June 2016.
LSBU and RCE London host European RCE Meeting 2016 https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2016/09/27/lsbu-and-rce-london-host-european-rce-meeting-2016/
Notable among other conferences that the university has co-hosted with RCE London is the ESD London Conference 2014.
ESD London Conference | Sustainability is a core theme in higher education today and will remain so tomorrow, says VC LSBU https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2014/06/15/esd-london-conference-sustainability-is-a-core-theme-in-higher-education-today-and-will-remain-so-tomorrow-says-vc-lsbu/
LSBU is also home to the pioneering masters course in Education for Sustainability, which celebrated 21st anniversary in early 2017.
Education for Sustainability (EfS) | Pioneering LSBU course celebrates 21st anniversary https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2017/02/09/education-for-sustainability-efs-pioneering-lsbu-course-celebrates-21st-anniversary/
The university also hosts seminars by sustainability leaders and an example is the talk by eminent environmentalist and writer Jonathon Porritt CBE in 2015.
Universities have an obligation to empower students to deal with climate change, says Porritt at LSBU https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2015/10/20/universities-have-an-obligation-to-empower-graduates-to-deal-with-climate-change-says-porritt-at-lsbu/
Sustainability at LSBU http://www.lsbu.ac.uk/about-us/sustainability
London Regional Centre of Expertise (RCE) on Education for Sustainability (EfS) https://londonrcenews.wordpress.com/
LSBU Masters programme in Education for Sustainability (EfS) http://www.lsbu.ac.uk/courses/course-finder/education-sustainability-msc
Wave Hypothesis for Sustainability Engagement
Wave Hypothesis for SUSTAINABILITY Engagement across boundaries – illustrated with examples https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/wave-hypothesis-sustainability-engagement-across-asitha-jayawardena
One event, 10 opportunities for SUSTAINABILITY ENGAGEMENT | Ashden Awards ride the WAVE Hypothesis https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/one-event-10-opportunities-sustainability-engagement-ride-asitha
Interdisciplinarity for Sustainability Education and Research
Interdisciplinary Library for Sustainability https://idls.wordpress.com/about/ (under construction)
Sustainability Storytelling website | https://sustystory.wordpress.com/
- Letters (e.g. #AlienLETTER) https://sustystory.wordpress.com/category/letter/
- Stories https://sustystory.wordpress.com/category/story/
- Postcards https://sustystory.wordpress.com/category/postcard/
- Interviews https://sustystory.wordpress.com/category/interview/
Knowledge JOURNALISM for Sustainability
Taking sustainability RESEARCH to the public | Knowledge JOURNALISM press articles and news/ feature blogs https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/taking-sustainability-research-public-knowledge-press-jayawardena
PRESS ARTICLES based on:
- Research publications https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/sustainability-engagement-examples-press-articles-asitha-jayawardena
- Interviews with academics and professionals https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/press-articles-based-interviews-academics-engagement-jayawardena
- Public lectures by academics and professionals https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/press-articles-based-public-lectures-academics-asitha-jayawardena
- Conferences & seminars https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/press-articles-based-conferences-seminars-engagement-jayawardena
Part of #SUpoetry | https://supoetry.wordpress.com/
Destroy parent system? Growth for the Dead! https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/destroy-parent-system-growth-dead-asitha-jayawardena
Humans, save yourselves from climate change ~ Mother Nature https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/humans-save-yourselves-from-climate-change-mother-asitha-jayawardena
POETRY | CLIMATE CHANGE | Will we change? Yes, we will, says Al Gore https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/climate-change-we-yes-says-al-gore-asitha-jayawardena
So growth isn’t supreme if it’s not green? https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/so-growth-isnt-supreme-asitha-jayawardena
Let’s leave foolish humanity alone ~ Aliens https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/lets-leave-foolish-humanity-alone-aliens-asitha-jayawardena
From The Sustainable University News website
Newcastle Conf | Public engagement as a promoter of policymakers’ uptake of sustainability research findings? https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2016/11/14/newcastle-conf-public-engagement-as-a-promoter-of-policymakers-uptake-of-sustainability-research-findings/
Complexity, Interdisciplinarity and Sustainable Prosperity shine at Food-Energy-Water-Environment Nexus Conference 2015 https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2015/12/07/complexity-interdisciplinarity-and-sustainable-prosperity-shine-at-food-energy-water-environment-nexus-conference-2015/
Limits to growth, audacity of hope and moral imagination reign at CUSP Reinventing Prosperity event in London https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2016/12/11/limits-to-growth-audacity-of-hope-and-moral-imagination-reign-at-cusp-reinventing-prosperity-event-in-london/
Sustainable Lifestyles conference | Good life of the good person is only possible in a good society, says Prof Jackson https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2014/06/09/sustainable-lifestyles-conference-good-life-of-the-good-person-is-only-possible-in-a-good-society-says-prof-jackson/
UCL Grand Challenges celebration | How does Civilisation get to 22nd century without collapse? asks Professor Price https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2014/10/21/ucl-grand-challenges-celebration-how-does-civilisation-get-to-22nd-century-without-collapse-asks-professor-price/
From The Sustainable University Library
LSBU MSc in Education for Sustainability | How it enriched my perspective http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140507110247-101066234-lsbu-msc-in-education-for-sustainability-how-it-enriched-my-perspective
SUSTAINABILITY | Is there a definition? If not, can we make one? https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/sustainability-definition-can-we-make-one-asitha-jayawardena
STORY | A game of plates at ‘Growth vs. Earth’ Café | Who depends on whom? http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140407045738-101066234-a-game-of-plates-at-growth-vs-earth-caf%C3%A9-who-depends-on-whom
STORY | Paris climate change deal costs Earth a galactic award, reveals an alien letter to the UN https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/paris-climate-change-deal-costs-earth-galactic-award-un-jayawardena
STORY | The talking elephant and the SYSTEMS light | A modern folk tale (with two morals) https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/talking-elephant-systems-light-modern-folk-tale-two-jayawardena
The business case for sustainability | What CEOs of Unilever, M&S and TUI say https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/business-case-sustainability-what-ceos-unilever-ms-tui-jayawardena
Sustainability Engagement | Seven INNOVATION secrets discovered through my Sustainable University experiment https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/sustainability-engagement-seven-innovation-secrets-my-jayawardena
The Sustainable University (SU) One-stop Shop | http://www.sustainableuni.kk5.org/
Wave Hypothesis for SUSTAINABILITY Engagement across boundaries https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/wave-hypothesis-sustainability-engagement-across-asitha-jayawardena
The Sustainable University Support (SUS) Model https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/university-aspiring-do-better-sustainability-sus-hand-jayawardena
LinkedIn Group | SUSTAINABILITY | Education, Research & Engagement https://www.linkedin.com/groups/8102240/profile
Twitter @SustainableUni1 | #SustyEngWAVE #SustySTORY #KnowledgeJOURNALISM #SUpoetry #SUquotes #SUnews #SUSmodel