Research Student Profiles
Sustainability and primary schools: a research about the sustainable schools initiative in the UK
Prof. Steve Yearley
Dr Hamish Ross
My research looks at innovative educational approaches concerning sustainability that have grown considerable in the last years, consequence of the increasing concerns over the issue of sustainability. Considering the role of education in supporting the national sustainable development goals by reducing carbon emissions, on one hand, and its role in increasing awareness and changing attitudes of pupils on the other, I will look at a particular strategy called ‘sustainable schools’ to understand how schools are translating these imperatives into practice.
The concepts of sustainability and sustainable development are submerged in polemic, disagreements and contradictory views. Education for sustainable development or sustainability implies certain knowledge, values, and skills that we assume are going to be necessary to live in a more sustainable way in the future. I am interested in seeing how those are interpreted, practise and measured in schools.
When education is perceived as a central element in the achievement of a more ‘sustainable society’ we are not just asking to add another subject to the curriculum of schools, we are perhaps asking for a different kind of education, for a change in the paradigm, once schools cannot be part of the solution with the same kind of education that helped in the creation of the problem.
Research assistant 2007-2009 (Faculty of Science and Technology, University Nova of Lisbon, Portugal)
Undergraduate Tutor: Sustainable Development (2012-2013), University of Edinburgh
Undergraduate Tutor: Science and Society (2012-2013), University of Edinburgh
Paulos, M. (2011) Sustainability and primary schools. Greener schools, greener citizens? European Sociological Association, Geneva, Switzerland
Paulos, M (2011) ‘Sustainable primary schools’: a dream, a mirage, a reality? New directions conference, Edinburgh, UK
Paulos, M. (2010) Good practices in schools concerning sustainability. ICERI, Madri, Spain
Paulos, M (2010) Sustainability and primary schools: researching the sustainable schools initiative in the UK, New directions conference, Edinburgh, UK
Paulos, M (2009) Trajectórias de carreira no sector do vestuário: o caso português. XII encontro Nacional de Siot, Lisbon, Portugal
Paulos, M (2009) Are societal changes new? Questions or trends and future perspections on Knowledge-based, SSTNET Worksphop (ESA), Graz, Austria
Paulos, M (2009) Futures of work and skills: some foresight exercises in Europe and USA, II Conferência Internacional do IET, Lisbon, Portugal
Paulos, M (2008) The globalisation in the clothing sector and its implications for work organisation: a view from the Portuguese case, First ISA Forum of Sociology, Barcelona, Spain
Paulos, M (2008) Cenários sobre a evolução do trabalho na Europa: métodos de construção de cenários, VI Congresso Português de Sociologia, Lisboa, Portugal
Paulos, M (2008) Futures of automobile industry and challenges on sustainable development and mobility 16º Gerpisa International Colloquium, Turin, Italy
Master in Sociology (2009)
BA in Sociology (2002)
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