International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education: Volume 24 Issue 9


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Institutional teaching choreographies in education for sustainability in times of pandemic: the Ocean i3 project

Itziar Rekalde-Rodríguez, Pilar Gil-Molina, Esther Cruz Iglesias

The purpose of this paper is to examine the design of choreographies or learning environments which the students participating in Ocean i3 pass through during their participation…


Quantifying universities’ direct and indirect carbon emissions – the case of Delft University of Technology

Annika Herth, Kornelis Blok

The purpose of this paper is to present a comprehensive analysis of the carbon footprint of the Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), including direct and indirect emissions…


An assessment of key sustainability competencies: a review of scales and propositions for validation

Alice Annelin, Gert-Olof Boström

The purpose of this paper is to review and provide propositions about survey assessment tools of the key sustainability competencies (KSCs) of education for sustainability. UNESCO…


Changing the world one engineer at a time – unmaking the traditional engineering education when introducing sustainability subjects

Maria Eidenskog, Ola Leifler, Johanna Sefyrin, Ericka Johnson, Mikael Asplund

The information technology (IT) sector has been seen as central to society's transformation to a more just and sustainable society, which underlines teachers’ responsibility to…


Students between science and society: why students’ learning experiences in transformative spaces are vital to higher education institutions

Lilian Julia Trechsel, Clara Léonie Diebold, Anne Barbara Zimmermann, Manuel Fischer

This study aims to explore how the boundary between science and society can be addressed to support the transformation of higher education towards sustainable development (HESD…


Reducing air travel emissions in academia: an exploration of universities’ manoeuvring room

Anna Schreuer, Annina Elisa Thaller, Alfred Posch

This paper aims to explore the manoeuvring room of higher education institutions to take action to reduce emissions from academic flying. In particular, this study investigates…


Perceived interest in learning sustainability competencies among higher education students

Heidi Hyytinen, Senja Laakso, Janna Pietikäinen, Rami Ratvio, Lotta Ruippo, Tarja Tuononen, Annukka Vainio

This study aims to assess higher education students’ interest in learning sustainability competencies and their pro-ecological worldviews at a large research-intensive university…


Teaching an interdisciplinary course in sustainable food systems: science and history meet in “a world that works”

David M. Blodgett, Marjorie N. Feld

The sustainability of the global food system hinges on its environmental resiliency and safety, including the health and well-being of its labor force. Single disciplinary courses…


Exploring innovative strategies in problem based learning to contribute to sustainable development: a case study

Mar Carrió Llach, Maria Llerena Bastida

Higher education institutions (HEIs) have a great responsibility to put education for sustainable development at the centre of their work. Curricula should therefore start to…


Intra-organisational sustainable development policy integration processes in higher education through staff networks: a case study from the United Kingdom

Valeria Ruiz Vargas

This study aims to better inform environmental management at universities by applying and validating the policy integration processes theory through a case study of Manchester…

Educating the educators to be a driving force in higher education towards sustainable development

Christel Persson, Daniel Einarson, Maria Melén

This study aims to address how a higher education pedagogical course in sustainable development (SD) for university educators affects their teaching efforts in providing…


Inner transitions in higher education in Sweden: incorporating intra-personal skills in education for sustainable development

Frans Libertson

Humanity is facing an unprecedented challenge of climate crises. Rapid changes to the physical environment and living conditions will be accompanied by challenges to mental health…


What transforms? – Transformative learning in a sustainability leadership master’s program

Jayne Bryant, James Ayers, Merlina Missimer

Transformative learning and leadership are key leverage points for supporting society’s transition towards sustainability. The purpose of this study was to identify the outcomes…


Perceptions and determinants of adopting sustainable eating behaviours among university students in Canada: a qualitative study using focus group discussions

Sadaf Mollaei, Leia M. Minaker, Jennifer K. Lynes, Goretty M. Dias

University students are a unique population with great potential to adopt eating habits that promote positive human and planetary health outcomes. The purpose of this study is to…


Integration of sustainability in the curricula of public higher education institutions in Portugal: do strategic plans and self-report align?

Marina Duarte, Sandra Sofia Caeiro, Carla Sofia Farinha, Ana Moreira, Margarida Santos-Reis, Constança Rigueiro, João Simão

This study aims to explore the alignment between strategic plans of the Portuguese public higher education institutions (HEIs) and their perception of the integration of…


Assessing the suitability of sustainability frameworks for embedding sustainability in higher education curricula: pragmatism versus transformation

Simon Mair, Angela Druckman

This viewpoint paper addresses the use of sustainability frameworks in embedding education for sustainability into the curriculum of higher education institutions (HEIs). The…


Transformative research and education in Living Labs using the SDGs as a compass

Annelies Heijmans, Rik Eweg

This study aims to investigate how Living Labs of Van Hall Larenstein UAS perform as sustainability-oriented, transdisciplinary learning environments. It shows how the sustainable…

Unmasking mobility patterns: international travel behavior and emissions of scientists in a higher research institution

Stefanie Hölbling, Gottfried Kirchengast, Julia Danzer

This study aims to investigate patterns in international travel behavior of scientific staff depending on the categories of gender, scientific field and scientific seniority…

Change agents under tensions: a paradox approach to strategies for transforming higher education toward sustainability

Lisa Bohunovsky, Verena Radinger-Peer, Michaela Zint, Marianne Penker

Guided by paradox theory, the study aims to significantly advance Sustainability in Higher Education Institutions (SHEI) scholarship and inform change agents’ (CAs) practices by…

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