Paul Vare

Paul is Postgraduate Research Lead at the School of Education and Humanities at the University of Gloucestershire, UK. He is also the Principal Investigator for a six-year project entitled A Rounder Sense of Purpose that has involved over 500 teachers, school leaders and student teachers from eight European countries in developing a framework of educator competences in education for sustainable development (ESD). Other responsibilities include facilitating teacher-led action research projects in the UK and coordinating international student-led sustainability projects.

Beyond the day job, Paul chairs the Continuing Professional Development Forum for the Universities’ Council for Teacher Education (UCET), is a member of the Adult Advisory Board of Teach the Future, a national student-led campaign for sustainability education and he serves as Academic Expert to the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Steering Committee on ESD. In the past he has worked on community-based sustainability projects in three continents before returning to Europe where he helped draft the UNECE Strategy on ESD, work that began at the Environment for Europe conference in Kyiv in 2003.

Recently, together with co-author Prof William Scott, Paul has written two books: The World We’ll Leave Behind: Grasping the sustainability challenge (2018) and Learning, Environment and Sustainable Development: a history of ideas (2020) both published by Routledge.