The climate emergency in higher education: working together to meet the challenge of student activism

Iain David Cross, Alina Congreve


This conference reflection explores the themes raised by participants in the authors’ interactive workshop at the SHIFT 2021 conference. The workshop focused on how universities are responding to the climate emergency through innovative teaching practices.


climate change, sustainability; ethics; academic developers; collaboration

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