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

He is an affiliate of the Monash Sustainable Development Institute, a member of the Monash Climate Change Communication Research Hub, and leads the Education, Environment and Sustainability Faculty Research Group.

He was the Faculty's Associate Dean - Education (2012-2017) and Associate Dean - Academic Strategy (2017-2022).

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

He edits Environmental Education Research, founded by the Centre.

Alan is active in a range of environmental education research activities and networks, primarily in Europe, North America and Australasia. Most notably, these include the Global Environmental Education Partnership alongside a wide range of special interest groups, networks and events in the field, e.g. as Honorary Professor at UCL's Institute of Education and Society, Curriculum, Pedagogy & Assessment and affiliate of its Centre for Climate Change and Sustainability Education; member of the ECER Network in Research on Environmental and Sustainability Education; and Scientific Committee member of 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 education research, policy and practice development activities that address the climate emergency through education, the UN's Sustainable Development Goals, e.g. Mission 4.7, and scientists' warnings about the environmental crisis.

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

Find out more via ORCiD or #eerjournal, and follow on LinkedIn.

Awards and nominations 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)

Teaching Award nominee Monash Student Association (2022) - many thanks to my EDF4100 students - such a lovely surprise! 

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

Monash teaching commitment

EDF5043 Environmental and sustainability education in early childhood communities

EDF5099 Education research project

EDF5139 Geography education in the secondary years A

EDF5140 Geography education in the secondary years B

EDF5169 Curriculum of outdoor and environmental studies A

EDF5170 Curriculum of outdoor and environmental studies B

EDF5845 Globally sustainable childhoods

EDF5581 Learning for and about sustainability

EDF5623 Deepening education and sustainability

EDF5665 Environmental education, design and learning for sustainability 

EDF5666 Education, development and ecological sustainability

EDF5864 Researching education policy and practice

EDF4067 Evidence into action

EDF4100 Researching teaching and learning

EDF4101 Research project in education

EDF4219 Marine and coastal education

EDF3174 Experiencing outdoor environments

EDF3175 Outdoor environments, education and sustainability

EDF3615 Experiencing the Australian landscape

EDF2006 Educational priorities

EDF2174 Outdoor education, learners and contexts

EDF2175 Human interactions and relationships in outdoor education

EDF2612 Experiential education in sport and outdoor recreation

EDF1125 Sustainable futures

EDF1078 Beyond the classroom: Local and global learning

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 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water

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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