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Reimagining Higher Education in light of Contemporary Complex Crises of Unsustainability: Universities leading on a Transdisciplinary Journey?

A seminar in Reimagining Higher Education in light of Contemporary Complex Crises of Unsustainability: Universities leading on a Transdisciplinary Journey? took place in the Main Seminar Room, ERI Ellen Hutchins Building, Lee Road, University College Cork. T23 XE10 on May 1st, 2024, please see attached presentations:

Byrne TD Education Event

Ellis Gladwin TD Education Event

O Sullivan TD Education Event


Seminar Schedule:

2pm UCC Environmental Research Institute, Welcome and Introduction

Dr Paul Bolger, Manager, UCC Environmental Research Institute

2.05pm Sustainability, Transdisciplinarity and Transition; The ERI and UCC

Prof. Brian O Gallachóir, Director ERI, and VP Sustainability, UCC

Associate Vice President of Sustainability, UCC and Director of ERI

2.10pm Transdisciplinary journeys; traversing interconnected pathways, within and without UCC

Prof. Edmond Byrne, Head of Process and Chemical Engineering and ERI PI

2.20pm Conditions to Cultivate Transdisciplinarity

Naoko Ellis1 and Prof. Derek Gladwin2

1 Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering and Associate Director, Clean Energy Research Centre (CERC), University of British Columbia, Canada

2 Professor of Education, University of British Columbia, Canada

1,2 Co-Leads Transdisciplinary Education PhD, UBC

 Prof. Ellis and Gladwin are a collaborative team and founders of the Systems Beings Lab and the Collaborative Transdisciplinary PhD Cohort on Climate Action at the University of British Columbia. They complement their diverse disciplinary backgrounds within the nexus of climate and sustainability education, blending socio-cultural with STEM and technical approaches, to provide holistic and transdisciplinary perspectives. Working with global partners, they also consult on education design. 

3pm How to use a Theory of Change to design radical educational futures

Dr Gemma O'Sullivan

Educational Scientist. Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development, Utrecht University, The Netherlands

Gemma researches transdisciplinarity and educational innovation to drive just sustainability transitions. She is a founding member of the Global Alliance for Inter- and Transdisciplinarity (ITD Alliance) and a member of its Working Group “Integration Experts and Expertise”. She is a fellow of the tdAcademy (2023).

3.20pm Respondent: Prof. Brian O Gallachóir

3.30pm Feedback and Roundtable/Panel Discussion

4pm Close