Environmental and Sustainability Education


The ESE SIG aims to bring together Australian and international researchers passionate about environmental and sustainability education research, policy and practice. As a collective we aim to be a place for promoting new directions in environmental and sustainability education.

The planet has entered a new geologic era - the Anthropocene. The Anthropocene represents the devastating impact that humankind has had upon Earth. It also represents a renewed opportunity to re-think, re-imagine and re-enact education sustainably and environmentally. Sustainability and environmental educators have been forging such ground for decades, and this SIG will further this important work through a collaborative and collective approach.

Research interests:

The ESE employs a broad definition of environmental and sustainability education, noting that there are indeed many currents in environmental education. Notwithstanding, the ESE SIG inspires and supports greater understanding amid researchers about key issues, questions and impasses in environmental and sustainability education. These include (but are not limited to) learning, theorising and research about:

  • Environmental and socioecological learning
  • People and place/ space/ nature/ animal/ community relations
  • Education for sustainability (ESD/ EfS)
  • Climate change education
  • Participatory methodologies including arts-based and child-framed
  • Mixed-disciplinary research
  • Sociocultural - biogeographical dimensions of environmental knowing - including indigenous knowledges, majority (non-western) and ‘significant’ experiences