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Dr Paul Vare

Senior Lecturer - Research Development

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.


  • 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

Chair of Trustees for The National Association for Environmental Education (NAEE)

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 & Research


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


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).

Subject for media interview

Environmental and sustainability education.

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