London Regional Centre of Expertise (RCE) 
on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)


News Archive 2

LSBU’s Education for Sustainability week in Uganda

The Masters programme on Education for Sustainability (EFS) at London South Bank University, the coordinating body of the London RCE (Regional Centre of Expertise) on ESD (Education for Sustainable Development), has received the prestigious UK Commonwealth Scholarship awards for the sixth year. This scheme has so far enabled over 95 students from a wide range of commonwealth countries including Rwanda, Botswana, Uganda, Mozambique and Zambia to take the course by distance learning.

In October 2012 Course Director Ros Wade, with colleagues from the Department of Social Sciences, led 50 students in a week of seminars, lectures and interactive projects in Kampala, Uganda. A half day conference was organised as part of the programme and colleagues from Uganda Management Institute (UMI) participated in a Question Time panel on ‘Sustainable Development: issues for Africa?’

Key speaker, Dr Daniel Babikwa of NEMA (National Environment Management Authority) endorsed the importance of EFS for the future of Africa and thanked LSBU for their contribution to building this capacity in African universities, civil society and private sector organisations. A stimulating debate was chaired by Dr Hugh Atkinson where speakers highlighted the importance of putting sustainability and innovation at the core of all education and learning.

Conference on ‘Embedding Sustainability in the Curriculum’

Professor Stephen Sterling, Institute of Sustainable Solutions, University of Plymouth, delivered the keynote address in an interdisciplinary and collegiate conference on sustainability in the curriculum held at London South Bank University on 7 March 2012.


Professor Stephen Sterling delivering the keynote

LSBU-London RCE Conference on Embedding Sustainability in the Curriculum

Embedding Sustainability in the Curriculum: Linking People, Pedagogy and Planet, an interdisciplinary and collegiate conference hosted by London South Bank University (LSBU) in association with the London Regional Centre of Expertise (RCE) on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), will take place at the 8th Floor, Keyworth Building, LSBU on Wednesday 7 March 2012.

Professor Stephen Sterling, Institute of Sustainable Solutions, University of Plymouth, will deliver the keynote address. The conference aimed at academic and support staff will also be attended by members of London NGOs, business and community groups.

If you are interested in attending, please email

Photographs by David Clemson

Michael Wadleigh delivering 'Homo Sapiens Report'
(Please read related news item titled 'An invitation from London RCE...' below)

Photographs by David Clemson

RCE Bulletin No 14

RCE Bulletin No 14 is now available. Click here for downloading it and previous ones.

UNU-IAS Master of Science in Environmental Governance

The United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS) welcomes applicants for its Master of Science in Environmental Governance - Specialization in Biodiversity programme.

The programme draws on UNU-IAS's long-standing reputation for excellence in policy-oriented research for sustainable development. UNU-IAS provides students with the intellectual foundation and practical field experience necessary for understanding environmental governance regimes. Graduates of the programme will receive a Master of Science degree from the United Nations University and the skills necessary to forge new frontiers as researchers and practitioners with an interdisciplinary and systemic understanding of biodiversity, ecosystems and sustainable development.

The deadline for applications is 30 May 2011, and classes are scheduled to commence in September 2011.

More info:

Call for RCE applications

The UN University is calling for applications for new Regional Centres of Expertise (RCE) on Education for Sustainable Development. Organisations that are interested in applying to become an RCE are requested to send expressions of interest to UNU-IAS by 11 April 2011. More...

An invitation from London RCE to a challenging free event

“Homo Sapiens Report, The Future of Humanity”

A compelling highly visual lecture by Oscar-winning film director Michael Wadleigh

Tuesday 22 March 2011 at 5.30pm

The Events Theatre, Keyworth Centre, London South Bank University, Keyworth Street, London SE1 0AA

Michael Wadleigh has directed-written-photographed over a hundred documentaries, including the academy award winner Woodstock and feature films such as Wolfen, the groundbreaking international prize winning ecological thriller. For the last twenty years he has devoted his time to non-profit educational media on global sustainable development. Homo Sapiens report is an official UNESCO DESD project.

The lecture will entertain and engage audiences and promote an objective view of us humans and the complex problems we face in the coming centuries.

To book a place for this free event please email: by 15 March 2011.

4th European RCE meeting 2010

4th annual European RCE meeting was held in Munich Germany from 1 to 3 December 2010.

Mayor of Munich Hep Monatzeder delivered the keynote speech. A key focal point of this meeting was the first formal contact between European RCEs and the European Union, represented by Pernille Andersen, the EU Policy Coordinator for Lifelong Learning: 2020 Strategy, EC Directorate General for Education and Culture. European RCEs have now decided to work step-by-step to develop productive working contacts with the EU, initially within the framework of the EU’s new ‘Strategy 2020’.

Around half of the European RCEs attended this meeting organised by RCE BenE München (Munich RCE) under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Gerd Mutz. Among the delegates was Sachiko Yasuda on behalf of IAS-UNU (Japan). Lynn Vickery, Director London RCE, represented London RCE at this meeting.


Severn RCE Sustainable Transport Forum:

‘Getting There; Exploring the challenges, opportunities and best practice in higher and further education’

‘Getting There; Exploring the challenges, opportunities and best practice in higher and further education,’ a Sustainable Transport Forum, will be held at the University of Gloucestershire on 30 November 2010.

The forum will comprise three sessions:
 Exploring how universities and colleges have developed strategic approaches to sustainable transport through green travel plans
 Showcasing innovative practices through a range of workshops
 Masterclasses looking in detail at how some of the key challenges to sustainable transport can be overcome

Organised by Severn RCE and University of Gloucestershire, this is the second in a series of national forums designed to tackle key sustainability issues.

More info

London RCE on a journey to wisdom

Lynn Vickery, Director London RCE, spoke about the London RCE at ‘A Journey to Wisdom’, a full-day conference at the House of Lords in London on 21 October 2010.

Organised by the Wisdom Trust and hosted by Lord King of West Bromwich, the programme comprised four sessions:
 An introduction to the Wisdom Trust
 Empowering communities – changing lives
 Preserving our planet for future generations
 A journey to wisdom

Representatives from several organisations, from professional to not-for-profit, as well as a Ugandan Minister of State spoke about their endeavours for creating a socially just and ecologically sustainable world. Representing London South Bank University (LSBU), the co-ordinating institution of the London RCE, Beverley Jullien (Pro Vice Chancellor – External) and Phil Jones (Chair Sustainable Development Group) talked on ‘LSBU and sustainability’ and ‘Energy and sustainability at LSBU,’ respectively.

The Wisdom Trust, a London-based charity, creates a wider awareness about the big issues facing the future of the planet – poverty, environment and health – and supports other charities, good causes and not-for-profit organisations.

Lynn with Lord King, Beverley Jullien, and Phil Jones

A section of the audience, Ugandan Minister of State, and Graham Soper (Director Wisdom Trust)


Photographs by Asitha Jayawardena

At the end of the week a workshop was also held for alumni with an interest in publishing their work or progressing to a PhD. Very positive responses were received from the 25 participants and this also gave them the opportunity to provide mentorship to current students on the course.

These LSBU students and graduates are already demonstrating their ability to be effective agents for change and are making an impressive impact in a wide range of organisations in diverse areas such as HIV-AIDS education and training, community education and gender policy.

Ros Wade commented on their passion and commitment to EFS, ‘They are acting as agents for transformation in so many challenging contexts - they are a real inspiration and hope for the future’.

The week provided a great opportunity to exchange ideas and perspectives and help to strengthen the base for a more sustainable world.

(Adapted from a draft prepared for an LSBU publication)

The conference, titled ‘Embedding Sustainability in the Curriculum: Linking People, Pedagogy and Planet’, was hosted by London South Bank University (LSBU) in association with the London Regional Centre of Expertise (RCE) on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). It was attended by academic and support staff and members of London NGOs, business and community groups.

Photographs from London South Bank University


Embedding Sustainability in the Curriculum: Linking People, Pedagogy and Planet
7 March 2012, 10.30-4.30, at London South Bank University

10.15 Registration and refreshments

10.30 Introduction to the conference: Dr Phil Cardew, Pro Vice Chancellor (Academic), London South Bank University

10.40 Keynote Speaker: Professor Stephen Sterling, Institute of Sustainable Solutions, University of Plymouth

11.10 Q & A

11.30 Morning Workshops: Sustainability across subject areas - making it real (See Note 1)

1.00 Lunch, networking and exhibitions

2.00 Afternoon Workshops: Sustainability across subject areas - making it real (See Note 2)

3.45 Plenary session

4.30 Drinks reception and networking

Note 1: Morning Workshops 12.00-1.30

Participants to choose one workshop from the following:

1) Sally Inman (Sustainability in Teacher Education), Hugh Atkinson (Education for Sustainable Development and Political Science), Deborah Andrews (Design and Sustainability)

2) Ruth Brown and Tom Hall (Sustainability and Site Based Learning), David Clemson (Business and Sustainability), Tony Churchill (Sustainable delivery of teaching)

3) Ros Wade (Education for Sustainable Development as an interdisciplinary area), Karen Adshead (Sustainability and Social Work Education), Colston Sanger (Responsible Management Education - UN)

Note 2: Afternoon Workshops 2.00-3.45

Participants to choose one workshop from the following:

1) Jo Joelson (Art, Design and Sustainability), Alan Winter (Housing and Sustainability), Gary Potter (Green Criminology)

2) Chipo Takavarasha (Sustainability and Nursing Education), Steve Lerman (EdD and Sustainability), Katherine Eames/ Ros Taylor (Practical Sustainability, the HE curriculum), Jenneth Parker (Interdisciplinarity and Sustainability)

3) Daniel Kenning, (Sustainability and Engineering), Jane Sanders (Building a sustainable curriculum with Commonwork), Susanna Soares (Design and Sustainability), Lynn Vickery (London RCE)

The conference is free to all staff and stakeholders but places are limited.

Please register in advance by email:

RCE bond of friendship across continents

by Dr Aidan Doyle

RCE colleagues met with Professor Takaaki Koganezawa, the director of RCE Greater Sendai, last week. The Professor was deeply grateful for the support and concern shown by so many members of the global RCE family. He told us of the difficult and unsustainable situation which people now face in his region. With profound optimism he reflected upon the lessons we must all learn from the response of the Japanese people to the critical situation, and how we will work together to create a future filled with hope.

Dr Aidan Doyle from RCE North East with Professor Takaaki Koganezawa, the director of RCE Greater Sendai, and Lynn Vickery from RCE London


International Summer School on Higher Education for Sustainability and 4th International Conference of the UNESCO Chair ‘Higher Education for Sustainable Development’

Applications are called for the International Summer School ‘Implementation of Sustainability into Research and Teaching of Higher Education Institutions in Eastern Europe’ to be held in Lüneburg, Germany from 12 to 20 September 2011.

It aims to encourage the implementation of sustainability into research and teaching of East European Universities – both in terms of higher education policy frameworks and transformation of higher education institutions.

As part of the agenda, participants will be able to attend the 4th International Conference of the UNESCO Chair ‘Higher Education for Sustainable Development’, also taking place in Lüneburg from 14 to 16 September 2011.

The main topic of the Summer School is ‘Higher Education for Sustainability’. Papers of participants and invited guests, as well as group discussion will address the question how universities can actively face up to the challenges associated with sustainable development, and to what extent targeted structural changes can contribute to transforming universities for sustainability.

Among the key topics that will be covered are:
 Universities as teaching, learning and living environments for sustainable development
 Implementation of sustainability-oriented teaching
 Sustainability research
 Sustainability-oriented cooperation between science and practice
 Approaches to academic institutionalization of sustainability

Due date for application is 15 May 2011.

Please visit for more information.

Please send applications to Ms Insa Otte,

More info:
Prof. Dr. Gerd Michelsen,


Waste Watch Conference: The Big Green Society

The Big Green Society Conference will be held in London on 24 March 2011 during Climate Week.

Hosted by Waste Watch, it will bring together businesses, local authorities, schools, community groups, and others from around the country, to discuss how we can create a sustainable society in an age of austerity.

The event promises to be relevant for anyone working with, or within, their local community to take action on sustainability and reduce waste.

The conference will feature talks from the big thinkers behind the Big Society, experts on sustainability communications, education and community engagement, and inspiring examples of partnership approaches that have led to positive change at a local level. Among the high profile speakers lined up so far include Professor Tim Lang, Matt Leach, Ann Finlayson, Chris Shearlock and Joy Blizzard.

Waste Watch is an environmental charity working to change the way people use the world’s natural resources. It envisions a world where people use resources effectively, live sustainably and make a positive contribution to the environment.

More info
Or contact Sam Jarvis
(020 7549 0308 or



Workshop: Innovation, Diversity and Sustainable Development in Areas of Social Vulnerability

The Center for Rebuilding Sustainable Communities after Disasters (CRSCAD) is organizing an international Workshop in collaboration with the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil on Innovation, Diversity and Sustainable Development in Areas of Social Vulnerability. It will take place on November 17 and 18 at the University of Massachusetts Boston.

International Greening Education Event 2011 in Germany

International Greening Education Event will be held from 19 to 21 October 2011 in the green city of Karlsruhe, Germany.

This event will take education sector stakeholders through the need for greening education and then discuss effective initiatives that educational institutions need to take to make sustainability an integral part of teaching and learning. The event will provide exclusive forum to examine how global warming, climate change and other environmental concerns are reshaping education globally, deliberate on the role of academia in making world cleaner, greener and more sustainable, discuss cutting-edge issues in greening education and share best practices from around the world in respect to education for sustainability.

Further to the knowledge sharing the event will provide an excellent networking opportunity with academia, sustainable development practitioners and other stakeholders in Europe and beyond.

More info:

‘Green Building Solutions’

An academic program titled ‘Green Building Solutions’ will be held at Summer University Vienna, Austria, from 24 July to 14 August 2011.

Six Austrian universities have pooled their interdisciplinary expertise about green building for this three-week academic program interwoven with practical knowledge and cultural exchange.

Application deadline is 15 May 2011. Please visit

‘Sustainable Development. Costa Rica’

The 11th UNESCO-awarded study abroad program on Sustainable Development, titled ‘Sustainable Development. Costa Rica’ will be held from 05 July to 01 August 2011.

This one-month academic program is packed with courses on sustainability, Spanish language
training, workshops with international organizations, excursions and opportunities for contextual learning in Costa Rica.

Application deadline is 15 May 2011. Please visit

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