The UNESCO Chair on Education for Sustainable Lifestyles was awarded to Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences in 2015 and renewed in 2019.
The UNESCO Chair on Education for Sustainable Lifestyles aims to promote an integrated system of research, training, information and documentation on education for sustainable lifestyles. It facilitates collaboration between high-level, internationally-recognized researchers and teaching staff of the University and other institutions in Norway, in Europe and North America, in Africa and in Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as in other regions of the world.
Launched in 1992, the UNITWIN/UNESCO Chairs Programme, which involves over 850 institutions in 117 countries, promotes international inter-university cooperation and networking to enhance institutional capacities through knowledge sharing and collaborative work. The programme supports the establishment of UNESCO Chairs and UNITWIN Networks in key priority areas related to UNESCO’s fields of competence – i.e. in education, the natural and social sciences, culture and communication.
Through this network, higher education and research institutions all over the globe pool their resources, both human and material, to address pressing challenges and contribute to the development of their societies. In many instances, the networks and chairs serve as thinktanks and bridgebuilders between academia, civil society, local communities, research and policy-making. They have proven useful in informing policy decisions, establishing new teaching initiatives, generating innovation through research and contributing to the enrichment of existing university programmes while promoting cultural diversity. In areas lacking expertise, chairs and networks have evolved into poles of excellence and innovation at regional or sub-regional levels. They also contribute to strengthening North-South-South cooperation.
About Robert J. Didham
Robert J. Didham (Ph.D.) became the current holder of the UNESCO Chair on Education for Sustainable Lifestyles in 2021. He is also the director of CCL and an associate professor at Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences. With a background in community-based sustainable development, public participation and social learning, Robert has extensive experience in interdisciplinary research and capacity building projects. He has coordinated multi-country research on education for sustainable development, sustainable consumption, and adaptation planning, and he has led policy support projects for several national governments. Previously, Robert was the senior coordinator for capacity development and education at the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), based in Japan, where he worked extensively throughout the Asia-Pacific region.
International Partner Network of the UNESCO Chair on Education for Sustainable Lifestyles
- Kenyatta University, Environmental Studies and Community Development, Kenya
- Rhodes University, Environmental Learning Research Centre (ELRC),
- South Africa University of Zambia, Lusaka, Zambia
- Youth Education Network (YEN), Kenya
- The Regional Environmental Centre for Central Asia (CAREC), Kazakhstan
- Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), Japan
- Okayama University, Japan Swechha, India The Regional Environmental
- Swechha, India
- Universiti Sains Malaysia, Regional Centre of Expertise Penang, Malaysia
- Aarhus University, Denmark
- Free Consumers Association, the Netherlands
- Institute of Technology Carlow, Ireland
- International Environment Forum, Switserland
- Leuphana University Leuneburg, Germany
- Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Norway
- Setubal College of Education, Portugal
- St. Angela’s College, Ireland
- Strategic Design Scenarios, Belgium
- Technical University of Berlin, Germany
- UN Environment, France
- UNESCO, France
- University of Helsinki, Department of Education, Finland
- University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
- University of Malta, Malta
- Universitetet i Sørøst-Norge, Norge
- Uppsala University - SWEDESD, Sverige
- VIVES University College, Belgium
- Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania
- Wageningen University and Research, Nederland