ESD Learning Lab

Traditional education is constituted to provide knowledge and facts. Most of the time, we are educating ourselves within a discipline and we create a “reality” around certain epistemological assumptions while excluding other perspectives. However, when dealing with sustainability issues, more than one “reality” is implicated. As such, working across disciplines with participatory pedagogical processes will help to address sustainability concerns through transformative, transgressive learning.

The ESD Learning Lab is a three-year initiative at Campus Gotland to contribute to overcome challenges of inter-and transdisciplinary learning and encourage different actors to collaboration and joint exploration of alternative problem-solving. While doing so, we create knowledge about learning and its facilitation in transdisciplinary educational surroundings in relation to sustainability. ESD Learning Lab is coordinated by Swedish International Centre of Education for Sustainable Development (SWEDESD)

Workshop 3-6 February 2020

Open Conversations on the Potential for New Teaching on Sustainability at Campus Gotland 

In collaboration with Zennström Climate Change Leadership Initiative Read more


As a student at Campus Gotland you are invited to reflect on your education and learning in relation to sustainable development. The aim of the introduction days 'Searching for Sustainability' is to create a space for interdisciplinary team work and start a critical conversation about sustainability between students and teachers from different backgrounds.

The introduction days are designed to strengthening creativity, critical thinking and collaboration but is also an opportunity for students to get to know each other and reflect on their own learning for the coming study period.

Film from Introduction week 2018
News item on Introduction week 2019

Our sustainability challenges are wicked

Most of us wants to live a good life. At the same time, the common resources on the planet must be equally shared and managed in a sustainable way. The challenges that arise between humanity and nature are many times complex and difficult in areas such as climate, equity and biodiversity.

Researchers refer to this kind of issues as "wicked” problems characterized by their lack of clear and obvious solutions that are true-or false, but good-or-bad. Wicked problems are interrelated, interdependent and can be explained in many ways, unlike ”tamed” problems.

Wicked problems needs
  • new approaches
  • different perspectives
  • creative ideas
  • system and future thinking

Professional development for lecturers

In 2019, a new course for lecturers at Campus Gotland was started. In this course, participants builds capacity to further develop and integrate Education for Sustainable Development into their teaching and learning practices. The next course round will take place this autumn.

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Workshop on Agenda 2030 and Sustainable Destination Development

The first workshop in the ESD Learning Lab was held on 6-7 December 2019 and brought together students, teachers and researchers at the Sustainable Destination Development Master Program at Campus Gotland.

The workshop was divided in to two days. During day one, researchers were engaged in a process to explore their particular research areas in relation to the Sustainable Development Goals and as part of specific sustainability challenges and opportunities on Gotland. The second day, teachers and researchers gathered with students to collaboratively explore and critically reflect on pathways to take in working for sustainable destination development. Together, the groups elaborated on innovative ideas on sustainable solutions that could be scaled up and discussed what might happen when these ‘seeds’ became mainstream in the future of the region in terms of people and privilege, technology, status quo or change, global justice and power.

Pathways Towards a Sustainable Campus Gotland

On 13 May 2019, a workshop was held within the ESD Learning Lab to collect ideas and visions of a sustainable Campus Gotland. More than 35 students, lecturers and researchers participated including environmental manager at Uppsala University. The workshop was organized by SWEDESD in collaboration with GHOST - Gotland Headquarters of Sustainable Thinkers upon request from Uppsala University.

The outcome of this workshop will be presented to the University Management.

Do you got ideas how Campus Gotland could be truly sustainable? Please contact Olle Jansson (adviser to the Vice-Chancellor).