Education can be a means of transformation. It can make an invaluable contribution to the equitable and sustainable development of societies. With this research I aim to develop and explore innovative learning and teaching methods and practices that inspire and empower young people to become transformative leaders. Adopting an interdisciplinary approach, this research aims to cooperate with schools and universities and other relevant knowledge keepers. It will be advancing research on how to engage young people in sustainability transformations and cultural change in a way that is inspiring, meaningful and empowering for them.
The arts and the humanities can play a critical role in engaging young people with new perspectives on climate change. At universities as well as at school, humanities classes, including literature, foreign languages and philosophy, offer environments for critical, integrative and reflexive approaches and the arts disciplines including visual art, theater and music can provide spaces for creative imagination, experimentation and perspective-taking. Integrating arts-based methods and climate change education and engagement can thus serve as a powerful means of expanding young people’s imagination and empowering them to co-create new scenarios for transformative change.
There is still a huge gap between what we know about sustainability and climate and how we act on an individual and collective level. It is clear that we need a profound change, a transformation. But how do we do that? And what exactly does… More
How does one engage young people with a topic that is perceived as abstract, distant, and complex, and which at the same time is contributing to growing feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and anxiety among them? In a new paper, published in Climatic Change, I argue that although the… More
ART FOR CHANGE: transformative learning and youth empowerment in a changing climate – article published
What’s the potential of art and transformative learning to empower young people to address climate change? In this new article, Karen O’Brien and I explore how climate-related art projects in education shift mindsets and open up imaginative spaces where students explored and discovered their role… More
Thanks to the collaboration with the project ÁGORA, I published a book chapter about artful climate change education in the beautiful e-book CRIAR CORPO CRIAR CIDADE. It discusses preliminary results of the collaboration project with Antonio Arroio Art High School and… More
The project ART FOR ADAPTATION aims to challenge habits and empower youth for new climate narratives and solutions through transformative learning and art.