Topics that will be covered include:
- How the UNESCO Global Action Programme (GAP) on Education for Sustainable Development is mobilizing cities, post-secondary education, and other education stakeholders to realize a more sustainable future.
- How the international learning cities movement, including the Global Nework of Learning Cities, and the EcCoWeLL* approach are developing cities that celebrate lifelong learning and sustainable development.
- Successful models of cities and formal education working together to realize sustainability.
* EcCoWeLL is an approach to improving quality of life which integrates strategies from various lenses, including lifelong learning and education, environment, health, and culture.
Dr. Daniele Vieira has been working on the topic of learning and sustainability for the past seven years. As a programme specialist at UNESCO, she has been co-coordinating the process of expanding the Global Network of Learning Cities (GNLC) and sustaining its operations, among other activities. Before joining UNESCO, she has worked for five years as a research fellow in the German Cluster of Excellence “Climate System Analysis and Prediction” working with projects about sustainability and climate change mitigation in cities. Other job placements include UNFCCC, World Future Council and University of California.
Michael Osborne is Professor of Adult and Lifelong Learning at the University of Glasgow and Director of Research within the School of Education.
He is experienced in adult and continuing education, Vocational Education and Training (VET) and Higher Education research, development and evaluation. He is also Director of the Centre for Research and Development in Adult and Lifelong Learning (CR&DALL) within the College of Social Sciences, and Co-director of the PASCAL Observatory on Place Management, Social Capital and Lifelong Learning within the School of Education. He has been a co-convenor of the People, Places, Engagement and Change research cluster within the Adam Smith Research Foundation of which he was a Board member. CR&DALL is a constituent part of the Glasgow Centre for International Development, providing its Education component, using in particular its links with Africa in this role. Professor Osborne sits on the university's Africa working group.
Liz Martin is a Research Associate in the Education and Strategic Initiatives group at The Conference Board of Canada. Her research focuses on skills and post-secondary education, including internationalization, linkages between PSE and secondary education, and private PSE and training. She is a graduate of Carleton University (MA) and the University of Alberta (BA).