Celebrating 21 years of Education for Sustainability (EfS) at London South Bank University (LSBU)



The 21st anniversary celebratory conference of the Education for Sustainability MSc programme at London South Bank University (LSBU) will take place at LSBU’s Clarence Centre for Enterprise and Innovation (SE1 6FE) on 13 January 2017 from 9.30am to 6 pm.


This free event will celebrate 21 years of Education for Sustainability MSc at LSBU, reflecting on the impact of EfS and looking forward to future developments in this important field of education.


It will feature a keynote, talks, panel discussions, workshops, stories from current students and alumni, a poster exhibition and a celebratory reception.


Speakers and panellists


Among the speakers and panellists so far confirmed are:

  • Professor Stephen Sterling, Plymouth University (keynote)
  • Safia Minney, the founder of People Tree
  • Naomi Namara Karekaho, National Environment Management Authority Uganda


Professor Stephen Sterling, Professor of Sustainability Education at the Centre for Sustainable Futures, Plymouth University, will deliver the keynote speech on the importance of Education for Sustainability (EfS) work in an age of global uncertainty. A former Senior Advisor to the UK Higher Education Academy on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), and a National Teaching Fellow, Professor Sterling has worked in environmental and sustainability education in the academic and NGO fields nationally and internationally for over three decades, including as a consultant and advisor on UNESCO’S ESD programmes.


Safia Minney, the founder of People Tree, will speak to us about her work, the challenges and barriers we face today and the role of education in creating social change. Well-known in the Fair Trade movement, Safia is recognised internationally as the pioneer of sustainable fashion and as an Outstanding Social Entrepreneur by the World Economic Forum. Safia launched Global Village in 1991 in Japan, out of which People Tree was born, and then in London in 2000.  People Tree was the world’s first fashion company to achieve organic and Fair Trade certification.


Naomi Namara Karekaho, an alumna from Uganda, will share the impact of EfS in her work at the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) in Uganda. She has 14 years of experience in the communication and education sectors is currently the Corporate Communications Manager at the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA), a public institution that uses information to empower Uganda’s public to actively and proactively participate in the utilisation of the country’s natural resources to ensure social and economic freedom.


Education for Sustainability MSc at LSBU


Designed for anyone interested in paving the way for a more sustainable world by way of understanding, educating or promoting sustainability, the Education for Sustainability (EfS) programme at LSBU offers postgraduate courses from Continued Professional Development to Masters level with a range of flexible study modes, including distance learning. It deals with the theory and practice of EfS, enabling students to explore and expand the role that EfS can play in educational, social, political and economic change.


All modules, with case studies and readings from a range of global regions, are designed to be applicable to any type of educational or country context:

  • An Introduction to education for sustainability
  • Values and participation in EFS; from local to global
  • Leadership, learning and climate change: the sustainability revolution
  • Theory and perspectives on environment and development
  • Science and culture in education for sustainability
  • Researching education for Sustainability
  • Dissertation (MSc only)


The roots of the course lie in the 1992 UN Earth Summit in Rio, Brazil, where a commitment was made to integrate environmental and development concerns in the emerging concept of sustainability while emphasising the importance of education’s role in building a sustainable world. In response to this a group of development and environmental organisations – with the financial contributions from WWF-UK, Oxfam and the EU – got together with LSBU and the eventual result was this EfS programme.


Over the last 21 years, the course – the world’s first ever Masters programme of this kind – has continued to grow steadily as a dynamic interface between theory and practice in EfS, both within and outside the UK. For example, its existence at LSBU has been instrumental in the development of LSBU as the host of a United Nations Regional Centre of Expertise (RCE) in Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), namely the RCE London.


The event is free to attend but prior registration is required. Please visit the Eventbrite page below.


Note: LSBU logo is from the LSBU website




Event page on LSBU website | Celebrating 21 years of Education for Sustainability http://www.lsbu.ac.uk/whats-on/celebrating-21-years-efs-130117


Registration | Eventbrite page https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/celebrating-21-years-of-efs-tickets-29435959748


Professor Stephen Sterling https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/staff/stephen-sterling


Safia Minney http://www.safia-minney.com/ | @SafiaMinney


Education for Sustainability MSc at LSBU:


London South Bank University (LSBU) | Sustainability http://www.lsbu.ac.uk/about-us/sustainability


RCE London website https://londonrcenews.wordpress.com/


New websites of the Sustainable University Experiment


Sustainability through Science & Research COMMUNICATION

Sustainability Communication website | https://sustycomm.wordpress.com/


Sustainability Education and Engagement through STORYTELLING

Sustainability Storytelling website | https://sustystory.wordpress.com/


From The Sustainable University News website


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Universities have an obligation to empower graduates 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/


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/


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/


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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/


From The Sustainable University Library


Education for Sustainability MSc at LSBU | A pioneer that brings together environment, development and education http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140905133659-101066234-education-for-sustainability-msc-at-lsbu-a-pioneer-that-brings-together-environment-development-and-education


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


The Sustainable University: Progress and prospects | Handbook to ‘the University of the Future’ http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20141002095117-101066234-the-sustainable-university-progress-and-prospects-handbook-to-the-university-of-the-future


Sustainability Engagement | Seven INNOVATION secrets discovered through my Sustainable University experiment https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/sustainability-engagement-seven-innovation-secrets-my-jayawardena


A university aspiring to do better in SUSTAINABILITY? The SUS (Sustainable University Support) Model as a helping hand? https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/university-aspiring-do-better-sustainability-sus-hand-jayawardena


Sustainability-oriented poetry | Ten unforgettable pieces from Byron to Tennyson http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140421183727-101066234-sustainability-oriented-poetry-ten-unforgettable-pieces-from-byron-to-tennyson


New QAA/HEA ESD Guidance | Complementing UK Quality Code for Higher Education http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20141005134854-101066234-new-qaa-hea-esd-guidance-complementing-uk-quality-code-for-higher-education


Why universities should lead their wider communities’ sustainability endeavours | Three reasons https://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140606053309-101066234-why-universities-should-lead-their-wider-communities-sustainability-endeavours-three-reasons


A green tale of four UK universities | HEA Green Academy workshops – Worcester, Canterbury Christ Church, Bristol and Nottingham https://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140718111751-101066234-a-green-tale-of-four-uk-universities-hea-green-academy-workshops-worcester-canterbury-christ-church-bristol-and-nottingham


Sustainability-oriented quotes and sayings | Twenty gems from Native Americans to Einstein http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140524074906-101066234-sustainability-oriented-quotes-and-sayings-twenty-gems-from-native-americans-to-einstein




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