Regional workshop: Accelerating education for the SDGs across our higher education institutions



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This virtual workshop discussed how we can accelerate education for the SDGs across higher education institutions in the Australia, New Zealand & Pacific region, with a focus on whole-of-institution approaches. We shared inspiring initiatives from our region and brainstormed opportunities to further accelerate action.

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Agenda & speakers

An overview of the agenda is below. The full agenda can be downloaded here. Day 1: Setting the scene & Education for the SDGs in the classroom

  • Dr Belinda Gibbons (PRME ANZ Chapter Coordinator & Senior Lecturer, Sydney Business School, University of Wollongong)
  • Prof Rod Glover (Professor of Policy and Impact, Monash Sustainable Development Institute, Monash University)
  • Giselle Weybrecht (Author and Advisor, Sustainability and Management Education)
  • Dr Sam Leonard (Senior Lecturer and Masters in SDGs Programme Coordinator, Massey University)
  • Dr Mehran Nejati (Senior Lecturer and Director of PRME and Sustainability, School of Business and Law, Edith Cowan University)
  • A/Prof Jeannie Rea (Senior Project Manager, Planetary Health and Course Chair Graduate Certificate in Planetary Health, Victoria University)
  • Priya Sharma (Lecturer/PRME Ambassador, Department of Business Law & Taxation, School of Business, Monash University Malaysia)
  • Rhiannon Boyd (General Manager, ACTS)
  • Dr Tahl Kestin (SDSN AusNZPac Network Manager & Project Manager, Monash Sustainable Development Institute)

Day 2: Institutional support for accelerating education for SDGs & How can we accelerate action in our region?

  • Prof Simon Barrie (Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Academic), Western Sydney University)
  • A/Prof Annette Bos (Deputy Director (Education), Monash Sustainable Development Institute, Monash University)
  • Dr Jonathon Howard (Academic, Charles Sturt University)
  • Dr Kristen MacKenzie-Shalders (Food Service Domain lead, Master of Nutrition and Dietetics Program, Bond University)
  • A/Prof Harsh Suri (Learning Futures, Deakin University)

About the organisers

The workshop is being jointly hosted by the Australasian Campuses Towards Sustainability (ACTS), the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) AusNZ Chapter, and the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) AusNZPac Regional Network, with the assistance of an Expert Advisory Group from our member institutions. The workshop is part of the ACTS/SDSN AusNZPac Accelerating SDG Practice Initiative, which aims to support our member organisations to strengthen their internal engagement with the SDGs, and the global SDSN Dialogue Series on the new guide on Accelerating Education for the SDGs in Universities. This workshop also supports the UN PRME global movement for education to develop the responsible decision-makers of tomorrow to advance sustainable development and contributes to the AusNZ PRME Community of Practice.


If you have any questions, please contact Tahl Kestin, SDSN AusNZPac Network Manager (, Rhiannon Boyd ACTS General Manager (, or Belinda Gibbons PRME AusNZ Chapter Coordinator (