Staff Profiles: Dr. Paul Vare

Dr. Paul Vare

Staff Profile: Dr. Paul Vare
Senior Lecturer - Research Development

Dr. Paul Vare

Dr. Paul Vare

Senior Lecturer - Research Development

Early Years and Education Studies

My interests in education and sustainable development have taken me from Africa to the Arctic, working with small charities, multi-national companies and the UN.


Starting as a teacher in UK and Tanzania I soon switched to community-based environmental education, firstly in Leicester and then Mount Elgon, Uganda. My career has focused on international education and sustainability projects working for charities but with communities, large corporations and governments including the UN. I joined here in 2013 to follow my interest in teaching and research.


Award Title Institution Date
BA (Hons) Geography University of Lancaster 1982
PGCE Secondary (Geography/Drama) S. Martin's College, Lancaster 1983
MPhil Thsies: Serendipity or Schooling: exploring the sources of environmental learning University of Bristol 1997
EdD Thesis: Are There Inherent Contradictions in Attempting to Implement Education for Sustainable Development in Schools? University of Bath 2014

Membership of professional bodies

Member of the IUCN (World Conservation Union) Commission on Education and Communication

Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Trustee of Universities' Council for Teacher education (UCET) and Chair of UCET CPD Forum

External Academic Expert to the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Steering Committee on Education for Sustainable Development

Member of the Adult Advisory Board for Teach the Future

Teaching and research


Teaching areas include: Educational Research; Curriculum Studies; Education for Sustainable Development; Community Development; international projects.


Undergraduate, Postgraduate


Education for sustainable development


More publications from Dr. Paul Vare can be found in the Research Repository.

External responsibilities

Director of South West Learning for Sustainability Coalition. Earlier consultancies on community dialogue/education: IDL (Liberia, Ghana); Human Dynamics (Austria); Living Earth Foundation (Alaska, UK).

Subjects for media interviews

Environmental and sustainability education.

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Professional positions

Reviewer for: Environmental Education Research; International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education; Journal of Education for Sustainable Development; Sustainability; European Educational Research Association (Network 30)

External examining

University of Malta: MA in Education for Sustainable Development London South Bank University: MA in Education for Sustainability