Global Warming and the Academy: Re-Forming the Universities’ Response

By Sue Cornforth.

Published by Journal of the World Universities Forum

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The university has a crucial role to play in producing environmentally informed, democratically active graduates and could well re-form around this issue. Although there are currently many calls to re-shape the university, few of these take climate change as their starting point. This paper argues that failing to ‘speak the environment in’ to all academic conversations may be ultimately at the expense of the future of the academy itself. It discusses some of the environmental limitations of existing policies, programmes, and profiles in universities in Aotearoa/New Zealand. It considers these limitations together with the concerns of those who seek non-environmental university reform, concluding that global warming gives the strategic focus missing in these debates.

Keywords: Climate Change, Global Warming, University, Academe, Policy, Environment, Reform

Journal of the World Universities Forum, Volume 3, Issue 4, pp.11-22. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 644.884KB).

Dr. Sue Cornforth

Senior Lecturer, School of Education Studies, Faculty of Education, Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand

Dr. Cornforth is a senior lecturer in the School of Education Policy and Implementation at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. Her research interests are environmental education, supervisory practices, inclusion, ethical philosophy and critical Foucauldian discourse analysis.


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