Leading sustainability in higher education

Hallenberg, K. (2016) Leading sustainability in higher education. In: Sustainable Development Research at Universities in the United Kingdom, 5th-6th April, 2016, Manchester, UK. (Unpublished)

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The paper presents preliminary findings from a small-scale research project on the experiences and changing identities of ‘ESD leaders’ in HE context. The key aims is to explore three interconnected ‘stories’ of 1) participants’ personal relationship with sustainability, 2) their experience of leading a specific sustainability focussed project, and 3) their conceptualisation of sustainability leadership and identity as an ESD leader. This is done via five narrative interviews with academics involved in ESD projects with curricular/pedagogic focus. The narrative approach reflects the conceptualisation of both sustainability and leadership as a ‘narrative enterprise’ involving meaning- and sense-making (Simkin, 2005; Handy, 1989) and ‘re-storying’ required for deep transformation (Herrick & Pratt, 2013). Theoretically, the project draws from and contributes to several areas of inquiry, including ‘general’ leadership studies, leadership research within HE context, particularly the increasing focus on distributed and informal leadership (e.g. Juntrasook et al, 2013; Bolden, Petrov & Gosling, 2008ab, 2009; Gosling, Bolden & Petrov, 2009), the broad education for sustainable development literature and the emerging sustainability leadership research.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: higher education, sustainability, leadership, educational leadership
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions: Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences > School of Law, Criminal Justice and Computing
Depositing User: Dr Katja Hallenberg
Date Deposited: 18 May 2016 15:15
Last Modified: 18 May 2016 15:15
URI: https://create.canterbury.ac.uk/id/eprint/14501

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