ESD Resource Bank

Welcome to our Sustainable Development open resource. As you may well know, education for sustainable development (ESD) is now included in the programme approval form. We wanted to develop a resource that will give you more information on the subject. We saw that there were areas within the university where there is a lack of ESD after carrying out the sustainability audit. We don't believe that this is because it is not applicable to these subjects, rather that it is not fully understood and is not being linked to your subjects. Using this resource we hope that you will learn a bit more about the subject and get an idea of where you could start to incorporate ESD into your courses. This is by no means a comprehensive guide to Sustainable Development but we hope it will peak your interest.

The idea behind this site is to use existing content within the university as a resource that can be easily accessed and used to embed ESD into courses from across the University. The first step will be to capitalise on the fantastic content within the Concepts in Sustainable Development MOOC(Massive Open Online Course) developed by Professor Derek Raine. Further on from this we hope to include content from across the University as well as sharing how ESD has been implemented by you.

The content of the course has been split up into six sections in which you will find related content. As you may have guessed we would recommend starting with 'Introduction to Sustainable Development'. We would also recommend reading the section on complexity as many of the other topics link in to it.


Introduction to Sustainable Development - You'll be introduced to the concept of sustainable development as well as current and previous frameworks in place to deliver it's goals. The role of the University will also be discussed.

Important Concepts - We'll start with complexity theory's role in Sustainable Development and then move onto topics such as contestable concepts and justice. Finally metabolism and the economy will be discussed as well as energy and order.

People and Planet - We’ll cover some of impacts that humans have had on the planet and how we can go about mitigating these problems as well as adapting to them.

Collective Action - We'll look at coordination issues like the tragedy of the commons as well as giving examples of how collective action can tackle sustainability issues. Globalism will also be touched on.

Economic Development - We'll look at how industrial and agricultural revolutions have driven economic development as well as looking at inequalities and how they can be hidden by figures such as GDP.

What Can History Tell Us? - Future options may depend not only on present circumstances but on how they arose from the past. We will look at this from three aspects, geographical, cultural and historical determinism.

Natural Sciences Resource

Open Educational Resources from our campus-based modules (Sustainable Futures)

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