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The Climate Crisis: What can universities do?

Date: Monday 23rd May 2022

Time: 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Venue: Online via Zoom

Climate change is one of the most critical global challenges of our time. But its effects are felt most strongly in the poorest communities of the world. To avoid devstasting impacts, the world needs urgent action in the next decades, with radical shifts by 2050.

Universities have a major role to play in responding to the climate crisis, not only through carrying out research but also through teaching, community engagement and public awareness.

Join us to hear from Professor Tristan McCowan, UCL Institute of Education and Dr Jackline Nyerere, Kenyatta University about their multi-country project working with universities in Brazil, Fiji, Kenya and Mozambique that seeks action to address the damaging impacts of climate change.

In doing so, the project contributes to the wider task of understanding the role of education in achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.


Prof Tristan McCowan

UCL Institute of Education, London

Tristan McCowan is a Professor in International Education at UCL Institute of Education, London and the Principal Investigator of this project. His work focuses primarily on issues of higher education and international development, covering areas of access to, quality of and equity in higher education, particularly in Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa. Tristan's research interests also include alternative and innovative universities, and he is involved in research on indigenous education in the Brazilian Amazon and Mexico.

Dr Jackline Nyerere

Kenyatta University, Kenya

Dr Jackline Nyerere is a Senior Lecturer and Researcher in the Department of Educational Management, Policy and Curriculum Studies at Kenyatta University, Kenya. Her research projects have focused on the internationalisation of education, university partnerships, open and flexible learning, as well as sustainability. Jackline holds a PhD in educational leadership and policy from Kenyatta University, Kenya and professional training in Higher Education Leadership and Management from Carl Von Ossienzky University of Oldenberg, Germany.

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