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

Former teacher educator with courses in science education and sustainability education, and before that lecturer in philosophy of education and adult learning. Actively involved in various sustainability education groups and networks both 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). 



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

Since the 1980s, Wolff has been involved in environmental and sustainability education and since the millennium shift in sustainability education research. Her training and work experiences include educational leadership, planning, production of teaching materials and programs, and practical teaching (of all age groups). Likewise, she is the author of numerous and diverse articles, makes evaluations, participates in policy work and performs research both alone and as member (or leader) in several national and international project and expert groups.

Wolff 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. In 2024 Wolff is a Finnish managment committee member of the EU Cost action Phoenix (CA 19123) Protection, Resilience, Rehabilitation of Damaged Environment (2020-2024), member of the Nordic Expert Group on Sustainability Education (Nordic Councils of Ministers, 2022-2024), member in the Swedish Research Council's  application review panel of UV-1: Social aspects of education (2020-2024), member of The Finnish Nature Panel (Suomen Luontopaneeli, 2024-2027), and member of IUCNs (The World Conservation Union) Commission on Education and Communication (CEC, since 1993).

Wolff's 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.

Wolff's 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 Wolff's forthcoming publications (2024-2025) are many, and include both single author and joint articles, encyclopedia entries, book chapters, and books with research colleaugues from various disciplines and several universities on transformative learning, sustainability management, worldview education, science education in relation to Covid-19 and/or climate change, and other sustainability related topics.




Koulutus / tieteellinen pätevyys

Education, Philosophy, Science


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