Keele Conference on Student Action for Sustainability







An international conference on Student Action for Sustainability will take place at Keele University on 29 and 30 October 2013.

Bringing together staff and students from further and higher education, the conference will explore both the issues faced by staff who support student sustainability projects and the experiences of students who lead projects in their institutions.

According to the conference website, among the questions that it aims to explore are the following:

  • How do educators enable students to gain the skills needed to bring about transformative social change towards sustainability in their own colleges, universities and wider communities?
  • Beyond preparing students for employment, how can colleges and universities produce graduates who are genuinely ‘change agents’ and ready to ‘be the change they want to see in the world’?
  • What challenges do students face when undertaking sustainability projects within their institutions and local communities, and how can they best overcome these challenges, and optimise the opportunities?
  • What kind of culture needs to be created in colleges and universities so that collective ‘action for sustainability’ becomes the norm rather than the exception?

The event will feature three keynotes:

  • Sara Andersson (CEMUS Uppsala University and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences): Igniting a Learning Revolution: Student-Run Higher Education for Sustainable Development
  • Felix Spira: Maastricht University Green office and rootAbility
  • Helen Steineger and Alina Zalewski: The World Student Environmental Summit 2013: Universities Acting for Sustainability

Students, leading ESD practitioners in the UK, such as Simon Kemp (University of Southampton and Higher Education Academy), Dr Rehema White (University of St Andrews) and Dr Zoe Robinson (Keele University), and Jamie Agombar (Ethical and Environmental Manager, National Union of Students NUS) will deliver presentations in seven sessions:

  • Supporting Students (1 & 2)
  • Partnerships for sustainability
  • Theoretical Approaches
  • Curriculum and pedagogy
  • Student experiences (1 & 2)

For more information, please contact Giulia Mininni (Sustainability Project Officer) on

Image adapted from the conference website



Conference website

Green Keele

Keele Hub for Sustainability

NUS Greener

NUS Students’ Green Fund


Maastricht University Green office


The World Student Environmental Summit 2013: Universities Acting for Sustainability


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