Lili-Ann Wolff

Lili-Ann Wolff

Associate professor/Adjunct professor (title of docent) in Environmental education at the University of Helsinki, Principal Investigator

  • PL 9 (Siltavuorenpenger 5A)



  • Finland

1983 …2023

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Description of research and teaching

Research mainly in environmental and sustainability education, transdisciplinary and phenomenon based learning, and education in the Anhropocene.

Teacher educator with courses in science education and sustainability education. Actively involved in various sustainability education groups and networks at the faculty, at the university, nationally and internationally. Leader of the research project SveaSus: Sustainable World Heritage Learning through a Phenomenon-based Approach and of the researcher group SusEdu (Sustainability Education). 


Curriculum vitae

Lili-Ann Wolff is Doctor of Education and Asssociate Professor in environmental education. She works as a lecturer in science education. Besides a master and doctorate in education, she has also graduated in science and in philosophy.

Since the 1980s she has been involved in environmental and sustainability education and since the millennium shift in sustainability education research. Her training and work experience include educational leadership, planning, production of teaching materials and programs, and practical teaching (of all age groups). Likewise, she has written numerous and diverse articles, made evaluations, participated in policy work and performed research both alone and in several national and international project groups.

She has a long experience of international cooperation and networking as a member of many strategic working groups, and she has been engaged in politics on many levels. Her research interest includes sustainability education from transdisciplinary and critical views combining education, philosophy, and history of science (classical philosophy, philosophy of education, ethics, Bildung theories, etc.), natural sciences and arts.

Her doctoral thesis Nature and sustainability: An educational study with Rousseau and Foucault (2011) deals with the ethics of sustainability from both a philosophical/historical view, and a contemporary and future view. It was awarded with the highest grade (laudatur/A).

The topics of her forthcoming articles (2022-2023) are for example Nature as experience and joint attention, Rousseau on nature, ethics and education, and several joint articles with authors from various fields on transformative learning, sustainability management, worldview education, science education in relation to Covid-19 and/or climate change, and other sustainability related topics.



Education/Academic qualification

Education, Philosophy, Science

Fields of Science

  • 516 Educational sciences
  • Sustainability education
  • Science education
  • transdisciplinary teaching and learning
  • Education policy
  • Environmental education
  • Transformative learning
  • 611 Philosophy
  • Philosophy of education
  • Philosophy of science
  • Sustainability ethics
  • Environmental aesthetics
  • Bildung theories
  • 1172 Environmental sciences
  • Sustainability
  • Biology education
  • Geography education

International and National Collaboration

Publications and projects within past five years.