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SHAPE-ID / TrUST Workshop on Education for Urban Sustainability Transitions Takes Place in Turin

The third SHAPE-ID workshop took place last week in Turin and was a collaboration with the TrUST project (Transdisciplinarity for Urban Sustainability Solutions) at Politecnico di Torino. Hosted at the beautiful Valentino Castle, the two-day event brought educators and researchers together to explore inter- and transdisciplinary educational models and approaches that support sustainable urban transformation.

The event began with some inspiring keynote presentations from international experts addressing new learning paradigms and best practice cases for sustainability education, from primary schools to third level campuses.

Dr Jo-Anne Ferreira (Professor of Sustainability and Teacher Education in the School of Education at La Trobe University, Bendigo, Australia) presented on pedagogies and system change in higher education curricula, unpacking the underlying pedagogical principles in education for sustainability.

Professor Julie Davis (School of Early Childhood and Inclusive Education at Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia) presented on interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education for sustainability and provided some compelling case studies of interdisciplinary collaborations between student teachers and design students, and creating a global network of transdisciplinary scholars in the area.

Maria Garcia Alvarez (lecturer in Geopolitics & Globalization, Rhetoric, Global Challenges and value creation at Windesheim University of Applied Sciences, the Netherlands) presented on liberating pedagogy: learning inside of complexity and uncertainty, discussing an innovative transdisciplinary educational model based on value creation and embedding earth charter principles throughout the undergraduate curriculum.

Workshop participants then commenced a series of writing workshops exploring what kind of inter/trans-disciplinary (ITD) educational tools and approaches can support and improve sustainability in the realm of urban transitions, while other attendees considered the institutional barriers to change in a parallel session.

On the second morning, participants worked in small groups to tackle the challenge of co-designing missions around the broad challenge of education for urban sustainability. The entire process was compellingly captured in graphic form by the talented Caterina Barioglio of Politecnico di Torino.

We will publish some insights from the workshop in a blog post soon (you can follow us on Twitter and Facebook) and do sign up for our mailing list at if you’d like to receive our newsletter. In the meantime, check out our news items and blog posts on the Dublin and Edinburgh workshops held in December 2019 and January 2020!

You can also see lots more photographs of the event on the TrUST project’s Facebook page.

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