About Arjen Wals

Arjen Wals is a Professor of Transformative Learning for Socio-Ecological Sustainability at Wageningen University in The Netherlands. He also holds the UNESCO Chair of Social Learning and Sustainable Development. Furthermore he is the Carl Bennet Guest Professor in Education for Sustainable Development at Gothenburg University in Sweden and an Adjunct at Cornell University in the United States. His teaching and research focus on designing learning processes and learning spaces that enable people to contribute meaningfully sustainability. A central question in his work is: how to create conditions that support (new) forms of learning which take full advantage of the diversity, creativity and resourcefulness that is all around us, but so far remain largely untapped in our search for a world that is more sustainable than the one currently in prospect?

In 2014 he was the lead author of an article published in Science on the role of citizen science in bridging science education, environmental education and sustainability. He is editor and co-editor of a number of popular books including: ‘Higher Education and the Challenge of Sustainability’ (Kluwer Academic, 2004), ‘Creating Sustainable Environments in our Schools’ (Trentham, 2006), ‘Social Learning towards a Sustainable World’ (Wageningen Academic, 2007), ‘Learning for Sustainability in Times of Accelerating Change’ (2012), and of Routledge’s International Handbook on Environmental Education Research (2013). He has (co)authored over 250 publications of which 60 are in international peer reviewed journals. Recently he contributed as a senior policy advisor to UNESCO’s Global Education Monitor 2016 Report ‘Education for People and Planet’ on the role of education in helping realize the UN’s Sustainable development Goals.

A short introduction to his area of concern and interest can be found at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iqB4ryiS4cY

A CV can be found here: ShortCVWalsMay17(1)(excluding publications which can best be viewed here Publications Arjen Wals)

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10 thoughts on “About Arjen Wals

  1. Dear Arjan,
    when you refer to new way of learning by taking full advantage of … ”diveristy”, do you mean human diversity, ecological diversity perspectives or both? I will be happy to read more on combination of the two.
    Zaina

  2. Dear Professor Wals, I have just stumbled upon your very informative blog. Do you have a rss feed to your blog? I could not find it.
    Many thanks,
    Ala Lesuma-Fatiaki
    University of the South Pacific
    Fiji Islands

    • Thanks! No, I have not figured out Rss feeds – how does that work? I am looking forward to my visit to Fiji between March 8th and 13th to work on sustainable food security with USP and to give a public talk on The role of learning and capacity building in moving towards a more sustainable world!

      • I am not familiar with wordpress – I use blogger but I assumed it would work the same as blogger. A rss feed widget that you would add onto your blog. I came across this for wordpress: http://en.support.wordpress.com/widgets/rss-links-widget/ which provides instructions on this. Looking forward to your presentation – just received the circular on email.
        Cheers, Ala.

  3. I came to your public lecture on last monday at USP and I agree with every word that you said.But the problem is where do we go from here. We are so addicted to unwanted and unnecessary things that we no longer can throw them away. After your lecture I did start to do away of some of them ! But this cannot be done on mass scale and the ads and the media are much more powerful than your logical and ressoned lecture ! Withere sustainable learning

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  5. Hello Professor Wals this Isaac from Uganda Africa am just thanking you the work are doing towards sustainable development; could have any technical know how such of programs could be for Africa benefit

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  7. Hi
    I was at the WEEC2015 conference and was impressed by your urging us to be disruptive!..thank you..My workshop was on the work I did with children and teachers “collaborating” and learning together, plotting a path for a more sustainable future, “thinking outside the box”. I will send you a copy of the workbook we used during our “future warriors – conference on sustainability” for 10 – 14 year-old children and their teachers. See the following link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b1HyP2BVVFI
    Regards
    Selwyn from South Africa

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