Higher Education and the Challenge of Sustainability

Problematics, Promise, and Practice

  • Peter Blaze Corcoran
  • Arjen E. J. Wals

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Problematics

  3. Promise

  4. Practice

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 349-355

About this book


Sustainability challenges universities around the world to rethink their missions and to re-structure their courses, research programs, and life on campus. Graduates are increasingly exposed to notions of sustainability, which are emotionally, politically, ethically, and scientifically charged. They must be able to deal with conflicting norms and values, uncertain outcomes and futures, and a changing knowledge base. At the same time they will need to be able to contextualize knowledge in an increasingly globalized society.

This book provides a variety of valuable theoretical and practical resources for students, teachers, researchers, and administrators who seek to integrate sustainability in higher education. Sustainability is not only explored as both an outcome and a process of learning, but as a catalyst for educational change and institutional innovation. The book raises the various problematics related to this inchoate field and provides an intellectual history and critical assessment of the prospects for institutionalizing sustainability in higher education.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Peter Blaze Corcoran
    • 1
  • Arjen E. J. Wals
    • 2
  1. 1.Florida Gulf Coast UniversityFloridaUSA
  2. 2.Wageningen UniversityWageningenThe Netherlands

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