Higher Education, Knowledge Democracy and Sustainability

Higher Education, Knowledge Democracy and Sustainability

Date: Monday 11 October 2021
Time: 15:00 - 16:30
Venue: Online
Category: COP 26 Online
Website: uofglasgow.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAqduqrqTssGdYEqDaXoQ2BH2ec-r2KGA29

What are the challenges facing higher education in the context of the climate crisis? Central to the new discourse on social responsibility of Higher Education Institutions is the recognition, appreciation and valuing of diversity of knowledges, their underlying epistemologies (ways of knowing) and knowledge cultures (norms, values, principles). Historically, the higher education community has defined academic knowledge as the only valid, scientific knowledge. However, each society has its own diverse meanings and concepts related to knowledge, its purposes and praxis. The importance of multiple sites and forms of knowledge is now increasingly recognized by Higher Education Institutions. There is a growing movement towards the integration and co-production of multiple forms of knowledge through respect for diverse epistemologies.  

Based on the book Socially Responsible Higher Education: International Perspectives on Knowledge Democracy, this webinar will focus on two themes: knowledge democracy and place-based learning. It will offer perspectives from India, Africa, Latin America, and North America. Importantly, the discussion will explore viewpoints from parts of the world often underrepresented in international debates on decolonising and democratising knowledge in Higher Education Institutions. The webinar is a joint initiative between the UNESCO Chair in Community-based Research and Social Responsibility, the Centre for Research and Development in Adult and Lifelong Learning (University of Glasgow) and the Low and Middle Income Countries Research Network (University of Glasgow).


  1. Michael Osborne - Professor of Adult and Lifelong Learning and Director of the Centre for Research and Development in Adult and Lifelong Learning, University of Glasgow, 
  2. Rajesh Tandon - Founding President of PRIA and Co-Chair of the UNESCO Chair in Community-based Research and Social Responsibility in Higher Education from Delhi, India.
  3. Sebastián Fuentes, Researcher, National Council of Scientific and Technical Research (CONICET), and the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences (FLACSO), Argentina 
  4. Catherine Odora-Hoppers, Professor in development education at Gulu University, Uganda
  5. Nabiela Naily -  Lecturer at faculty of sharia and law in UIN Sunan Ampel Surabaya, Indonesia. 
  6. Hilligje van't Land - Discussant - Secretary General, International Association of Universities (IAU) & Executive Director, International Universities Bureau

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