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Webinar: Innovations in Teaching Sustainable Consumption in Higher Education

September 21, 2022 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT


The goal of sustainability will not be achievable without changes in our consumption. In consumption, sustainability challenges appear like in a burning glass; here, it can be exemplarily shown how individual decisions are embedded in socio-technical structures and cultural practices and have concrete effects on planetary systems and the living conditions of other people. Consumption thus simultaneously forms a gateway for addressing complex sustainability issues in a way that is close to everyday life in teaching.

Between 2019 and 2021, we collected more than 70 examples from around the world that demonstrate how sustainable consumption can be taught and learned. We have prepared the examples in terms of their topics, their teaching/learning methods, their learning objectives and their assessment forms. They will be published in book form in 2022.

In this webinar, we will introduce participants to basic considerations and recent innovations on how to teach and learn complex sustainability topics using consumption as an example, based on concrete teaching examples from the book.

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Daniel Fischer, Associate Professor, Wageningen University & Research

Daniel Fischer is an Associate Professor for Consumer Communication and Sustainability at the Strategic Communication Group (COM) at Wageningen University and Research. Daniel’s research explores how more sustainable ways of living and consuming can be facilitated through communication and learning. He uses inter- and transdisciplinary approaches to understand how consumption patterns evolve and change over time and in different cultural settings, and what role communication processes play in this. Daniel’s strong interest is in intervention research. In recent research projects with my SuCo2 research group, he studied how innovative practices like mindfulness, storytelling, or citizen science can disrupt consumption routines and increase reflexivity in individuals. His work in Sustainable Consumption Communication aims, in an educational tradition, to empower people to re-shape their relationships with the consumer societies into which they have been born, encultured and socialized in the industrialized world.

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Jordan King, Doctoral Student, Arizona State University, School of Sustainability & College of Global Futures

Jordan King is a Doctoral Student in the School of Sustainability and College of Global Futures at Arizona State University. His work focuses on how to enable students to become change agents in creating more equitable, just, and sustainable futures. More specifically, his research and practical work aims to support educators to understand and assess what it means for education to facilitate personal and social transformation. In the past, Jordan has helped to train nonformal educators and pre-service teachers in sustainability education, seeking to promote greater access to quality education in both K-12 and higher education.

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Gill Seyfang, Associate Professor, University of East Anglia

I am Associate Professor in Sustainable Consumption, and I lead a programme of research on ‘grassroots innovations’ for sustainability. I am an interdisciplinary environmental social scientist, linking sustainability policy agendas with ‘new economics’ theories and cutting-edge community-based practice. My teaching on sustainable consumption has won numerous awards for excellence, and I am a National Teaching Fellow (2017). I develop inspiring and creative, innovative teaching using performing arts pedagogies and ‘comedy in the classroom’.

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Marlyne Sahakian, Assistant Professor, University of Geneva

As Assistant Professor of Sociology (University of Geneva), Marlyne Sahakian brings a sociological lens to consumption studies and sustainability. Her research interest is in understanding everyday practices in relation to environmental promotion, social equity and social change. She is a co-founder of SCORAI Europe, a network for sustainable consumption research and action, and a member of ENOUGH, a network focused on sufficiency.

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Jen Dyer, Assistant Professor, Lecturer, University of Leeds, UK

Dr Jen Dyer is a Lecturer in Sustainability (University of Leeds). Jen is a passionate sustainability researcher, educator and activist. She enjoys using innovative teaching methods to ensure students are inspired and empowered by learning about sustainability. In her research, Jen prioritises creative and participatory methods and applies them to a broad range of topics including social inclusion, student engagement and the emotions associated with studying sustainability.



September 21, 2022
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT
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