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Keynote Speakers

Monday, June 24, 2024

Maurie Cohen

Daniel Fischer

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Prof. Dr. Daniel Fischer is professor of Sustainability Education and Communication at Leuphana University Lüneburg, where he also holds the UNESCO Chair in Higher Education for Sustainable Development. His research explores how more sustainable ways of living can be facilitated in education, with a special emphasis on Teacher Education. He uses inter- and transdisciplinary approaches to understand how sustainable practices of meeting needs evolve and change over time and in different cultural settings, and what role communication and learning processes play in this.

Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Pat Dolan

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Professor Pat Dolan holds the prestigious UNESCO Chair in Children, Youth & Civic Engagement, at the University of Galway the first in the Republic of Ireland.  He conducts a programme of applied social research that spans education, and policy development activities. He is also founding Director of the Institute for Lifecourse and Society at the University of Galway. He has completed an extensive body of research on family issues and has over 100 papers, book chapters and edited and authored books in a wide range of academic peer reviewed publications. His major research interests are Civic Engagement in Children and Youth, Empathy Education Family Support, Youth Mentoring Models, Resilience and Social Networks. He has been the recipient of numerous international awards in recognition of his scholarship and contribution to society. His paper is entitled ‘Supporting Families: Lessons from local to global, From Evidence and from Families’ will map out current perspectives on how best to support families in adversity and those who support them.

Manisha Anantharaman


Manisha Anantharaman's critical and interdisciplinary research explores inequality in ecological transitions. She has published two books connecting environmental justice, sustainability, and development: “Recycling Class: The contradictions of inclusion in urban sustainability” (MIT Press, 2024) and a co-edited volume “The Circular Economy and the Global South” (Routledge, UK, 2019). Her current research projects include a Belmont Forum/US National Science Foundation funded project studying Digitalization and Sustainable Consumption.  Her research outputs have been published in Urban Studies, Journal of Cleaner Production, and the Journal of Consumer Culture. Manisha is also an Associate Fellow at the Royal Institute of International Affairs Chatham House’s Environment and Society Program, through which she serves as an expert consultant for organizations such as the UN Environment Program. 

Thursday, June 27, 2024

Viv Ellis

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Viv Ellis is a global expert on teacher education, having worked with government agencies and NGOs across the UK, Europe, Asia and Australia, most recently on the Norwegian government’s reforms to upper primary/lower secondary initial teacher education. Currently Dean of the Faculty of Education at Monash University in Melbourne, he was the founding Co-Director of the Centre for Innovation in Teacher Education and Development, a strategic partnership between King’s College London and Teachers College, Columbia University, where he currently holds an honorary research professorship. He is also editor of the new Bloomsbury Academic series Keywords in Teacher Education.

Bev & Etienne Wenger

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Etienne and Beverly Wenger-Trayner are internationally renowned social learning theorists and consultants. Their pioneering writing and consulting is influential in diverse fields including learning theory, business, government, international development, healthcare, and education. They founded the Social Learning Lab to host events on theory, practice, and leadership. Their more recent writing updated the theory in Learning in landscapes of practice and in the first volume in their new book series: Learning to make a difference: value creation in social learning spaces. Their practical writing, which provides guidance for social-learning leadership, includes Systems convening and the new Communities of practice guidebook.

Friday, June 28, 2024

Tim Lang

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Tim Lang is Professor Emeritus of Food Policy at City University of London’s Centre for Food Policy which he founded in 1994 and directed until 2016. Hill farming in Lancashire UK in the 1970s formed his interest in the relationship between food, health, environment, culture and political economy. He is co-author of many articles, reports and books such as Sustainable Diets (2017), Food Wars (2015), Unmanageable Consumer (2015), Ecological Public Health (2012) and Food Policy (2009). He was policy lead on the influential EAT-Lancet Commission modelling the planetary diet to show it is possible to feed the world ahead without destroying ecosystems (The Lancet, 16 Jan, 2019). His Feeding Britain (Pelican, March 2020) explored the UK as a case study of fault-lines in a rich country’s food system. He has spent his working life analysing the affluent world’s food system dynamics and building arguments about how to improve them. He has been advisor to many bodies at global (WHO, FAO, UNEP), European (EC, EESC), UK (Scottish & Wales Govts, SDC, 4 select committees, Council of Food Policy Advisors) and local levels. He’s currently a member of the London Food Board advising the Mayor. He has a lifelong commitment to work with civil society on food system improvement. Since late 2022, he’s been researching how to improve civil food resilience in and after food shocks for a report to the UK National Preparedness Commission.

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Dr. Maurie J. Cohen is Professor of Sustainability Studies and Chair of the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at the New Jersey Institute of Technology and he also holds a joint appointment with the J. Robert and Barbara A. Hillier College of Architecture and Design. He is the founding and continuing Editor of the journal Sustainability: Science, Practice, and Policy and co-founder and Management Team member of the Future Earth Knowledge-Action Network on Systems of Sustainable Consumption and Production. He has authored or co-edited five books on themes related to sustainable consumption, the most recent of which is The Future of Consumer Society (Oxford University Press).

Louise Dye

Louise is a Chartered Health Psychologist and Co-Director of the Institute for Sustainable Food at the University of Sheffield. Her research examines effects of nutrition on cognitive function, health and wellbeing and how to encourage and sustain dietary behaviour change at individual, organisational and societal levels. Her work on breakfast and cognition highlights the importance of diet in children and food insecurity. Louise is Co-Director of the SFI/DAERA/UKRI funded Co-Centre for Sustainable Food Systems and leads a workpackage on increasing dietary fibre intake in low income consumers in the UKRI funded H3 project ( She is co-Chair of the health and wellbeing pillar of the Leeds Food Strategy for Leeds City Council.

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