Teacher education

Okayama University (2020): Guide for the Effective Dissemination of the Asia-Pacific ESD Teacher Competency Framework. Bangkok, Thailand: UNESCO Field Office. Download available.

Hopkins, C. and Kohl, K. (2019). Teacher Education Around the World: ESD at the Heart of Education Responsibilities and Opportunities Towards a Sustainable Future for All in: Environmental and Sustainability Education in Teacher Education. Karrow, D. & DiGiuseppe, M. (eds.) Basel, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing. Available online.

McKeown, R. & Hopkins, C. (2014). Teacher Education and Education for Sustainable Development: Ending the DESD and Beginning the GAP. Toronto, Canada: York University.

UNESCO. 2007. Good practices in education for sustainable development: Teacher education institutions.  Good Practices Paper, no. 1. Paris, France: UNESCO. Available online.

UNESCO. 2005. Guidelines and Recommendations for Reorienting Teacher Education to Address Sustainability. Technical Paper No. 2. Paris, France: UNESCO. Available online.


Selected general publications on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)

Kohl, K., Hopkins, C., Barth, M., Michelsen, G., Dlouhá, J., Razak, D.A., Abidin Bin Sanusi, Z. and Toman, I. (2021), "A whole-institution approach towards sustainability: a crucial aspect of higher education’s individual and collective engagement with the SDGs and beyond", International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. Available online.

Kohl, K. & Hopkins, C. (2021). Aligning Higher Education’s Promise of Well-Being with Sustainability as a Purpose of Education in: The Promise of Higher Education - Essays in Honour of 70 Years of IAU. van't Land, H., Corcoran, A. & Iancu, D. (eds). Cham, Switzerland: Springer Publishing. Available online.

Kohl, K. & Hopkins, C. (2020). Education, sustainable development, and resource management in: Routledge Factor X VOLUME 4. –SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AND RESOURCE PRODUCTIVITY – THE NEXUS APPROACH. Lehmann, H. (ed.). London, United Kingdom: Taylor & Francis/Routledge. Available online.

Hopkins, C. et al. (2020). Sustainability as a purpose on the path of learning in: HUMANISTIC FUTURES OF LEARNING. Perspectives from UNESCO Chairs and UNITWIN Networks on the futures of education. D. Fischer, C. Hopkins, K. Kohl, G. Michelsen, D. Abdul Razak, I. Salīte, A. Siegmund, K. Tilleczek, D. Wagner, A. Yokoi. Paris, France: UNESCO. Available online.

Michelsen, G., Wells, P. (eds.), McKeown, R. and Hopkins, C. (2017). Quality Education and Education for Sustainable Development. A Decade of Progress on Education for Sustainable Development. Reflections from the UNESCO Chairs Programme. Paris, France: UNESCO. Available online.

Smith, K., Nuutinen, A.M., and Hopkins, C. (2015). The Promise of RCEs: Collaborative Models for Innovation, Sustainability, and Well-Being in: Orchestrating Regional Innovation Ecosystems. Espoo Innovation Garden. Espoo, Finland: Urban Mill

Hopkins, C. (2013). Schooling for Sustainable Development in Canada and the United States. Chapter: Education for Sustainable Development in Formal Education in Canada. Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer. Available online.

UNESCO. 2012. Education for sustainable development sourcebook. Learning and Training Tools no. 4. Paris, France: UNESCO. Available online.

UNESCO. (2005). Contributing to a More Sustainable Future: Quality Education, Life Skills and Education for Sustainable Development.  Paris, France: UNESCO. Available online.

McKeown, R. (2002). Education for Sustainable Development Toolkit, version2. Knoxville, United States: University of Tennessee, Waste Management Research and Education Institute. Available online.


Selected research articles

Kohl, K., Hopkins, C. (2020): Learnings from the #IndigenousESD Global Research: Twenty-First Century Competencies for All Learners in: Journal of Teacher Education for Sustainability, vol. 22, no. 2, pp. 90-103, 2020.

Kohl, K., Hopkins, C. (2019) ESD FOR ALL: Learnings from the #IndigenousESD Global Research. Journal of Teacher Education for Sustainability, vol. 21, no. 2, pp. 105-120, 2019.

Laurie, R., Nonoyama-Tarumi, Y., McKeown, R. & Hopkins, C. (2016). Contributions of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) to Quality Education: A Synthesis of Research. Journal of Education for Sustainable Development, vol. 10(2): 226-242.

UNESCO. 2012. Guidelines for creating a national ESD research agenda and plan ESD in Action Technical Paper no 5. Paris, France: UNESCO. Available online.


Technical and Vocational Education and Training

UNESCO-UNEVOC. (2017). Greening Technical and Vocational Education: A practical Guide for Institutions. Available online.


Meeting reports

2019 Okayama Conference on Teacher Education for ESD

2010 International Symposium of the International Network for Reorienting Teacher Education towards Sustainability, 19-21 May 2010, UNESCO Headquarters, Paris: meeting summary and next steps. Find the report here.


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