Litreature Suggestions


  • Biesta, G. (2009). What Kind of Citizenship for European Higher Education? Beyond the Competent Active Citizen. European Educational Research Journal, 8(2), 146–158.
  • Bolis, I., Morioka, S. N., & Sznelwar, L. I. (2014). When sustainable development risks losing its meaning. Delimiting the concept with a comprehensive literature review and a conceptual model. Journal of Cleaner Production, 83, 7–20.
  • Brundiers, K., Barth, M., Cebrián, G., Cohen, M., Diaz, L., Doucette-Remington, S., Dripps, W., Habron, G., Harré, N., Jarchow, M., Losch, K., Michel, J., Mochizuki, Y., Rieckmann, M., Parnell, R., Walker, P., & Zint, M. (2020). Key competencies in sustainability in higher education—Toward an agreed-upon reference framework. Sustainability Science, 16, 13–29.
  • Brundiers, K., Wiek, A., & Redman, C. (2010). Real-world learning opportunities in sustainability: From classroom into the real world. International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, 11, 308–324.
  • Chakrabarty, D. (2014). Climate and Capital: On Conjoined Histories. Critical Inquiry, 41(1), 1–23.
  • Dinker, K. G., & Pedersen, H. (2016). Critical Animal Pedagogies: Re-learning Our Relations with Animal Others. In H. E. Lees & N. Noddings (Eds.), The Palgrave International Handbook of Alternative Education (pp. 415–430). Palgrave Macmillan UK.
  • Fill, A. and Mühlhäusler, P. (2001). The ecolinguistics reader: language, ecology, and environment (A. Fill & P. Mühlhäusler, eds.). London, England: Continuum.
  • Fill, A & Penz, H. (2018). The Routledge handbook of ecolinguistics (Fill & H. Penz, Eds.). Routledge.
  • Hill, A. (2012). Developing approaches to outdoor education that promote sustainability education. Journal of Outdoor and Environmental Education, 16(1), 15–27.
  • Kullenberg, C., & Kasperowski, D. (2016). What Is Citizen Science? – A Scientometric Meta-Analysis. PLOS ONE, 11(1), e0147152.
  • Lewis, S. L., & Maslin, M. A. (2015). Defining the Anthropocene. Nature, 519(7542), 171–180.
  • Malm, A., & Hornborg, A. (2014). The geology of mankind? A critique of the Anthropocene narrative. The Anthropocene Review, 1(1), 62–69.
  • Marton, F. (2014). Necessary Conditions of Learning. Taylor & Francis Group.
  • Nussbaum, M. (2003). Capabilities as Fundamental Entitlements: Sen and Social Justice. Feminist Economics, 9(2–3), 33–59.
  • Pedersen. (2019). The Contested Space of Animals in Education: A Response to the “Animal Turn” in Education for Sustainable Development. Education Sciences, 9(3), 211.
  • Oakley, J. (2019). What Can an Animal Liberation Perspective Contribute to Environmental Education? In T. Lloro-Bidart & V. S. Banschbach (Eds.), Animals in Environmental Education (pp. 19–34). Springer International Publishing.
  • Redman, A., & Wiek, A. (2021). Competencies for Advancing Transformations Towards Sustainability. Frontiers in Education, 6, 785163.
  • Rockström, J., Steffen, W., Noone, K., Persson, Å., Chapin, F. S., Lambin, E. F., Lenton, T. M., Scheffer, M., Folke, C., Schellnhuber, H. J., Nykvist, B., de Wit, C. A., Hughes, T., van der Leeuw, S., Rodhe, H., Sörlin, S., Snyder, P. K., Costanza, R., Svedin, U., … Foley, J. A. (2009). A safe operating space for humanity. Nature, 461(7263), 472–475.
  • Sandell, K., Öhman, J., & Östman, L. (2005). Nature, School and Democracy. In Edeucation For Sustainable Development. Studentlitteratur.
  • Sanders, D. L. (2019). Standing in the shadows of plants. Plants, People, Planet, 1(3), 130–138.
  • Sfard, A. (2010). On two Metaphors for Learning and the Dangers of Choosing Just One. In C. Kridel, Encyclopedia of Curriculum Studies. SAGE Publications, Inc.
  • Steffen, W., Broadgate, W., Deutsch, L., Gaffney, O., & Ludwig, C. (2015). The trajectory of the Anthropocene: The Great Acceleration. The Anthropocene Review, 2(1), 81–98.
  • Stewart‐Sicking, J. A. (2008). Virtues, Values, and the Good Life: Alasdair MacIntyre’s Virtue Ethics and Its Implications for Counseling. Counseling and Values, 52(2), 156–171.
  • Tappan, M. B. (2006). Moral functioning as mediated action. Journal of Moral Education, 35(1), 1–18.
  • Tarrant, S. P., & Thiele, L. P. (2016). Practice makes pedagogy – John Dewey and skills-based sustainability education. International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, 17(1), 54–67.
  • Wals, A. E. J. (2012). Learning Our Way Out of Unsustainability: The Role of Environmental Education. Oxford University Press.
  • Wals, A. E. J. (2014). Sustainability in higher education in the context of the UN DESD: A review of learning and institutionalization processes. Journal of Cleaner Production, 62, 8–15.
  • Wals, A. E. J., Geerling-Eijff, F., Hubeek, F., van der Kroon, S., & Vader, J. (2008). All Mixed Up? Instrumental and Emancipatory Learning Toward a More Sustainable World: Considerations for EE Policymakers. Applied Environmental Education & Communication, 7(3), 55–65.
  • Wiek, A., Withycombe, L., & Redman, C. L. (2011). Key competencies in sustainability: A reference framework for academic program development. Sustainability Science, 6(2), 203–218.


Berkes, F. (2018). Sacred Ecology. Routledge.

Bränberg, A. Holmgren, U. & Wester, M. 2020. Att undervisa för hållbar utveckling. Studentliteratur.

Byrne, L. B. (Ed.). (2016). Learner-Centered Teaching Activities for Environmental and Sustainability Studies. Springer International Publishing.

Franck, O., & Osbeck, C. (Eds.). (2017). Ethical Literacies and Education for Sustainable Development. Springer International Publishing.

Freire, P. (2001). Pedagogy of the oppressed (30th anniversary ed). Continuum.

Hulme, M. 2019. Contemporary Climate Chnage Debates. Routledge.

Kahn, R. (2010). Critical pedagogy, ecoliteracy & planetary crisis: The ecopedagogy movement (1st ed.). Peter Lang.

Nussbaum, M. C. (2011). Creating capabilities: The human development approach. Belknap Press of Harvard University Press.

Potts, A. (Ed.). (2016). Meat culture. Brill.

Raworth, K. (2017). Doughnut Economics: 7 Ways to Think Like a 21st Century Economist. Random House.

Reid. A (2008) Participation and learning: Perspectives on education and the environment, health and sustainability. Springer.

Other Inspirations

Carson, R. (1962). Silent Spring. Fawcett Publications.

Read more about her work here.

Ellis, E. C. (2018). Anthropocene: A very short introduction. Oxford University Press.

A fascinating description if you ever need to convince someone about the need to change our(human) behaviour.

Jacobson, M, Z. 2023. No Miracles Needed: How Today’s Technology Can Save Our Climate and Clean Our Air. Cambridge University Press. Online ISBN: 9781009249553


A wonderful story about Darwin’s journey visiting islands around the world to observe animal life. After reading this book I decided that teaching for sustainability was the only pursuit to take. Possibly my favourite book!

Quammen, D. 1997. The Song Of The Dodo. Scribner

read more about the book on Goodreads: “David Quammen (born February 1948) is an award-winning science, nature and travel writer whose work has appeared in publications such as National Geographic, Outside, Harper’s, Rolling Stone, and The New York Times Book Review; he has also written fiction. He wrote a column called “Natural Acts” for Outside magazine for fifteen years. Quammen lives in Bozeman, Montana.”


I have read many of Ian McEwn’s books and truely love them, especiallly for his ability to take you on a journey full of emotions and intrigue and reflection for many years after having put the books down. This one, I am still pondering. It’s about the expereince of a professor navigating the politics of renewable energy and academia, as well as some unusal personal events. I would love to share my thouhts with anyone else who has read it. At the moment words such as “funny but strange” come to mind.

McEwan, I. 2010. Solar. Vintage

Read more about it on Goodreads: “McEwan’s works have earned him worldwide critical acclaim. He won the Somerset Maugham Award in 1976 for his first collection of short stories First Love, Last Rites; the Whitbread Novel Award (1987) and the Prix Fémina Etranger (1993) for The Child in Time; and Germany’s Shakespeare Prize in 1999. He has been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction numerous times, winning the award for Amsterdam in 1998. His novel Atonement received the WH Smith Literary Award (2002), National Book Critics’ Circle Fiction Award (2003), Los Angeles Times Prize for Fiction (2003), and the Santiago Prize for the European Novel (2004). He was awarded a CBE in 2000. In 2006, he won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for his novel Saturday and his novel On Chesil Beach was named Galaxy Book of the Year at the 2008 British Book Awards where McEwan was also named Reader’s Digest Author of the Year.”