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Alan Reid is a Professor in the Faculty of Education, Monash University.

He edits Environmental Education Research, and leads the Education, Environment and Sustainability  Research Group.

Until 2012, he worked at the Centre for Research in Education and the Environment, University of Bath, where he completed his PhD in 1998.

Alan is active in a range of environmental education research activities and networks, primarily in Europe, North America and Australasia. These include the Global Environmental Education Partnership and a wide range of special interest groups, networks and events in the field, e.g. the World Environmental Education Congress.

Alan's research interests focus on teachers' thinking and practice in environmental education, and traditions, capacities and issues in environmental education theory, research and policy. 

Alan's teaching commitments and interests principally focus on environmental and sustainability education, and research approaches and professional inquiry in education. Recent work includes research, policy and practice development activities that address the climate emergency through education, and education in relation to the UN's Sustainable Development Goals, e.g. Mission 4.7, and addressing scientists' warnings about the environmental crisis.

He is also an associate editor of Journal of Curriculum Studies.

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Awards include:

Innovation in Teaching and Learning Award Academic Prize, University of Bath (2002)

Knowledge Transfer Champion, University of Bath (2010)

Outstanding Contributions to Research in Environmental Education Award, North American Association for Environmental Education (2015)

Research interests

  • the philosophy, practice and development of environmental and sustainability education
  • principles, programmes and cultures of educational research
  • teachers' thinking and beliefs and their relation to curriculum design and knowledge

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Research area keywords

  • Environmental and Sustainability Education
  • The Environment
  • Environment and Sustainability
  • Environmental Education
  • Research Methodology
  • Research methods
  • Sustainable Development
  • Sustainability
  • Curriculum and Pedagogy
  • Curriculum Studies
  • Education Policy
  • Education Philosophy
  • Educational Theory and Policy (Especially In Relation To Schools)
  • Research Development


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