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Adult Students

Keynote Speakers

Louise Dye

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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.

Maurie Cohen

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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).

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.

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