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Name AEJ Wals

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DescriptionProfessor Transformative Learning for Socio-ecological Sustainability/Unesco Chair
OrganizationDepartment of Social Sciences
Organization UnitEducation and Learning Sciences
Phone+31 317 484 184
Secretarial phone+31 317 484 343
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Visiting addressHollandseweg 1
Postal addressPostbus 8130
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  • Visiting Professor Whole Schools Approaches & Sustainability - Norwegian Life Science University
    Nov 2019 - Jul 2024

    This is part of a project by a school district in Southern Norway that aims to develop a whole school approach to sustainability in four local high schools. The project includes PhD research and is led by Prof. Astrid Sinnes of the Norwegian Life Science University.


Arjen Wals is a Professor of Transformative Learning for Socio-Ecological Sustainability at Wageningen University. He also holds the UNESCO Chair of Social Learning and Sustainable Development. Wals is alo a Visiting Professor at Norwegian Life Science University in Ås where he supports the development of Whole Schools Approaches & Sustainability.

His recent work focusses on transformative social learning in vital coalitions of multiple stakeholders at the interface of science and society. His teaching and research focus on designing learning processes and learning spaces that enable people to contribute meaningfully sustainability. A central question in his work is: how to create conditions that support (new) forms of learning which take full advantage of the diversity, creativity and resourcefulness that is all around us, but so far remain largely untapped in our search for a world that is more sustainable than the one currently in prospect?

He writes a regular research blog that signals developments in the emerging field of sustainability education:

For a short intorduction to his work have look at: (Should the video below not be shown in the display)


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Publication lists


  • CPT-22306 - Communicating for Sustainability and Responsible Innovation
  • CPT-53806 - Internet-based Communication and Learning for Social Change
  • ELS-31806 - Environmental Education and Learning for Sustainability
  • ELS-58303 - Exploring Regenerative Cultures for Sustainability
  • ELS-69312 - Capacity Building for Sustainable Development
  • ELS-79324 - MSc Research Practice Education and Learning Sciences
  • ELS-80424 - MSc Thesis Education and Learning Sciences
  • ENP-10806 - Environmental Policy Instruments
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