ActSHEN Action for Sustainability in Higher Education in the Nordic region

Description

This project will be carried out by five teams; from the University of Iceland, School of Education; Uppsala University, CEMUS and Department of Education; University of Helsinki, Department of Chemistry; the Iceland Academy of the Arts; Stockholm University, Department of Mathematics and Science Education.

The goal of the ActSHEN project is to develop a model and guidelines for working with sustainability in higher education with an emphasis on student-driven initiatives. The aim is to investigate ways in which participatory and collaborative education for sustainability can be strengthened in universities. The project is guided by two specific questions:
• What types of student-driven activities in higher education lead students, teachers and staff to richer understanding and better preparedness to work with sustainability issues?
• What actions are needed to support and encourage university teachers and students who wish to work with and for sustainability?

ActSHEN is designed as a three-year project and the four projects teams represent a diversity of topics but have in common developmental work in higher education, experience in higher education for sustainability and a serious interest in understanding how to enhance student-driven education in university settings. Student-driven higher education can build on participatory or collaborative approaches, peer learning, active involvement, agency, co-responsibility and partnerships within and outside the academy. Higher education about and for sustainability requires these same characteristics and in addition transdisciplinary developments within higher education are needed.
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date31/08/201331/08/2016