Training Sustainability Change Agents

Lessons learned in three different types of higher education programs.

Lessons from International Water Education

Unsustainable socio-economic practices manifest prominently in water crises and water-related disasters. This turns water managers into prototypical sustainability professionals, and important change agents in a broader societal transformation towards sustainability. Water education is, de facto, sustainability education. By bridging the gap between a pedagogical and a professional view on required sustainability competencies, experiences with water education offer valuable insights in the context of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). The paper reports on recent experiences with increasing the sustainability orientation of water education programs, and explores key issues that require attention in ESD programs in general.


Pfeiffer E, Wehn U, Charli-Joseph L, Lerner AM, Irvine K. 2017. Training sustainability change agents: Lessons from international water education, in Handbook of Theory and Practice of Sustainable Development in Higher Education, Volume 4, pp 31-48 (Leal Filho, W., Azeiteiro, U.M., Alves, F., Molthan-Hill, P., ed). Springer International Publishing. (doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-47877-7_3; ISSN: 978-3-319-47876-0)