WUN Research Development Fund 2020 : les Prof. Fabrizio Butera (SSP) et Julia Steinberger (GSE) sont les partenaires à l'Université de Lausanne
Climate change poses a growing threat to the everyday functioning of societies. Education plays a critical role in strengthening national responses to this crisis. Effective education can drive the societal change needed to avoid worst-case climate change scenarios by facilitating intellectual and affective knowledge sharing among diverse stakeholders. It also plays an essential role in building national resilience and preparedness for the climate crisis. But are national education systems prepared for this challenge?
While we accept why education is so crucial in the era of climatic change, rigorous and transdisciplinary research is needed to understand how societies can best harness this national institution to promote global sustainability. For example, social science has shown that the presence of discourse on sustainability, and the accumulation of scientific data regarding the impact of humans on the environment, has not resulted in the structural reform needed to stem the climate crisis. Therefore, a deeper understanding of the structural and cultural constraints to learning for transformative social change is required.
This project aims to build a coalition of researchers' working at the intersection of the climate crisis, and education—broadly defined. We aim to generate a clearer understanding of the role of education for enhancing national sustainability outcomes through i) network development to facilitate international collaborative grant-funded research projects ii) the production of a set of best practice guidelines and iii) an academic article on promoting a robust climate change and sustainability education agenda at the tertiary level. This best practice framework will be of interest to a broad range of stakeholders, including intergovernmental organisations, national policymakers, non-governmental organizations and many of those engaged in higher education in a variety of capacities.
Le projet est géré par l'University College Dublin, université coordinatrice et les Prof. Fabrizio Butera (SSP) et Julia Steinberger (GSE) sont les partenaires à l'Université de Lausanne.