Education for SDGs - November 2022 sessions

1 December, 2022  |  Events - Past  ,  Universities & SDGs   


As part of the ongoing Mainstreaming Education for the SDGs in Higher Education Session Series, SDSN AusNZPac, ACTS, and PRME AusNZ co-hosted three sessions in November 2022 exploring how we can scale up education for the SDGs in higher ed in the Aus/NZ/Pacific region. The sessions aimed to provide a forum for the higher education community in the region to share, discuss and connect across all disciplines around good practices, challenges and opportunities.

You can find the session descriptions, supporting information, and links to the recordings in the links below.

  1. Lessons for successful change leadership in implementing Education for the SDGs (8 Nov)
  2. Integrating Education for the SDGs into disciplinary courses (15 Nov)
  3. Different approaches to implementing education for the SDGs: Strengths, challenges and dilemmas (22 Nov)

Session 1: Lessons for successful change leadership in implementing Education for the SDGs

The new area of Education for the SDGs (ESDGs) emerged from and builds on long-established work in fields such as Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) and Education for Sustainability (EfS). In this session, experts with decades of collective experience in implementing these fields in higher education contexts will share lessons they have learnt on change leadership, which can now be used to accelerate the mainstreaming of ESDGs.

Keynote speaker:

  • Prof Geoff Scott (Emeritus Professor of Higher Education & Sustainability, Western Sydney University) – The Turnaround Leadership for Sustainability in Higher Education Research: Lessons from successful change leaders [see 2-page summary and full report]


  • A/Prof Belinda Gibbons (Deputy Associate Dean Education, Sydney Business School, University of Wollongong)
  • Dr Ross MacDonald (Director – Sustainability, Otago Polytechnic | Te Kura Matatini ki Otago)
  • Prof Marcia McKenzie (Professor of Global Studies and International Education, University of Melbourne)

Session 2: Integrating Education for the SDGs into disciplinary courses

The ability to address complex societal challenges is relevant to all higher education students, across all disciplines or professions. In this session, we will discuss how education for the SDGs can be incorporated into existing disciplinary courses – including into learning outcomes, teaching materials, and assessment tasks – and share examples from a range of disciplines taught by HEIs in our region.

Keynote speaker:

  • Prof Geoff Scott (Emeritus Professor of Higher Education & Sustainability, Western Sydney University) – Integrating the SDGs into assessments [Presentation summary]


  • Prof Usha Iyer Raniga (Professor, Sustainable built environment & Director Integrated Circular Economy, Climate Resilience, Clean Energy, School of Property, Construction and Project Management, RMIT University) – Chair
  • Dr Carol Bond (Program Manager – Bachelor of Business (Management), RMIT School of Management, RMIT University) – Capstone course in the Bachelor of Business Management & Change Major
  • A/Prof Christian Moro (Science and Scholarship Domain Lead – Medicine Program, Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine, Bond University) – Integrating Planetary Health into an undergraduate physiology curricula
  • Luke Butcher (Senior Lecturer, School of Management and Marketing, Curtin University) – Integrating SDGs into Post Graduate Integrated Marketing Communications Unit
  • A/Prof Rita Henderson (School of Chemical Engineering, UNSW) – Bringing SDGs into Engineering Design through collaboration with an Indigenous organisation, Purple House
  • A/Prof Arin Basu (Oranga | Health, University of Canterbury) – SDGs and climate change: Teaching module in Environmental & Occupational Health

Session 3: Different approaches to implementing Education for the SDGs: Strengths, challenges and dilemmas

Education for the SDGs can take many different forms, from information campaigns, to co-curricular action projects, interdisciplinary introductory units, disciplinary curriculum integration, and dedicated degree programs. In this session, we will hear about the experiences and learnings of HEIs in our region from implementing different approaches, and discuss the implications for scaling up institutional action.


  • Dr Mehran Nejati (Director of PRME and Sustainability | Senior Lecturer, School of Business and Law, Edith Cowan University) – Chair
  • Dr Samantha Gardyne (Programme Coordinator, Masters of Sustainable Development Goals, Massey University) – Masters of the SDGs
  • Elizabeth Bacchetti (Senior Projects Coordinator & Learning Facilitator, Monash Sustainable Development Institute, Monash University) – The Green Steps Sustainability Leadership Program
  • A/Prof Rowena Maguire (Faculty of Business & Law, School of Law, QUT) – Embedding sustainability within the QUT Law School curriculum
  • Issy Quek (SDG Coordinator (University of Adelaide), SDG Students Program, SDSN Youth) – The University of Adelaide’s SDG Hub
  • A/Prof. Sarah Wakes (Head, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Otago) – Treasure or Trash Summer School