Education for Sustainable Development

Action against climate change requires fundamental change of both individuals and society. Thus, in our projects at the intersection of education, sustainability, and societal change, we aim at providing evidence which may inform interventions regarding sustainable development. For this purpose, we harness our experience from previous research projects on the empowerment of individuals regarding cultural participation. Moreover, we consider the opportunities and threats regarding sustainability that go along with various aspects of digital transformation as a secular trend.

In the projects of this research focus, we want to answer questions like: How may individuals develop the competencies and beliefs that are required for both individual sustainable behavior and for participation in initiatives aiming at transforming society, starting bottom-up from a local and regional level? While our research projects are empirical, they are congruent with the normative provided by the declaration of human rights.

Recent developments in digitization may be seen as threats, however, they also provide the opportunity to foster a positive relationship of people with their communities via participatory regional development. This may be particularly positive for sustainable development of rural areas at risk of demographic decline.

The project's aim is to synthesize, systematize and analyse Europe-wide examples of 'good practice' related to digital strategies and instruments on this issue. These examples will be compiled, resulting in an orientation framework that is being made available in the form of a digital toolbox for further use in regional development...

Human Rights and Environmental Rights are intertwined.
As educational researchers from Nuremberg, the modern City of Human Rights and a medieval hub of sustainable forest management, we feel a special responsibility to advance empirical research on these issues in forthcoming projects, including our partners at FAU, Markus Beckmann (Corporate Sustainability Management), Heiner Bielefeldt (Human Rights and Human Rights Politics) Markus Krajewski (Public International Law), and at the Institute of Geography.


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