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 or other so called “wicked problems” around the world, 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.

Sustainable Development for new students

In the autumn of 2018, more than 100 students at Campus Gotland participated in a fieldtrip to the southern part of the island. The main idea 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.

Our great challenges

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.

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

Professional development for lecturers

In 2019, the Sustainability Starts with Education Change Project Course is starting at Campus Gotland to support lecturers to further develop and integrate Education for Sustainable Development into their teaching and learning practices. Through participatory workshops, course participants will be introduced to learning theories and teaching traditions, skills and sustainability key competences and pedagogical and didactic tools for teaching and learning.
The course is based on many years of experience in international development of environmental and sustainability education.

This 5 parts course will be given 1 time each semester. The application period for the spring semester is now closed.

For further information, please contact Sanna Barrineau,, or Josefin

Workshop on Agenda 2030 and Sustainable Destination


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.

The workshop was held at Gotland Museum to explore different learning environments.