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Durham University

Ustinov College

Citizenships to Achieve Sustainable Development: the Role of Critical Global and Environmental Citizenships


In 2015, countries adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In 2016, the Paris Agreement on climate change entered into force, addressing the need to limit the rise of global temperatures. The SDGs embody a global commitment to shift the world onto a sustainable and resilient path to development, stimulating action in areas of critical importance for humanity and the planet while eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions. In order to achieve the Sustainable Development Agenda by 2030 the United Nations encourages governments, businesses and civil society to work together and for all countries to mobilise actions by all to improve the lives of people everywhere.

In the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development the UK government has committed significant resources, via the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF), to support research “to generate innovative solutions to intractable development issues and to identify practicable pathways to healthier and safer lives, sustainable development and prosperity for all, equal and effective education, social justice and human rights, and stable institutions”.

Conference Purpose

In relation to the achievement of the SDGs there is an emerging literature that suggests that only through understanding how Global Citizenship connects with Environmental Citizenship will transformation to the state imagined by the 2030 Agenda be possible. Given this, the purpose of the 4th Annual Ustinov conference is to discuss how global citizenship connects to environmental rights and responsibilities and how ‘critical’ as opposed to ‘soft’ global and environmental citizenships might be useful in unearthing the drivers of unequal development or opportunity and therefore the challenges and barriers to sustainable development.

Papers that focus on the theory, practice, and or policy dimensions from a wide range of disciplines are welcome and might include in the wider context of the various SDGs those that address the meaning of citizenship from the local to the global, the idea of green politics for advancing sustainability, the Anthropocene as a construct, the notion of planetarity, global and environmental citizenship education and ‘ecopedagogy’, innovative sustainable solutions for international development, the use of indigenous knowledge and culturally sensitive elucidations for sustainable development and art as a vehicle for communicating global and environmental citizenship in the context of sustainable development, to mention just a few.