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Student capital: Broadening the appeal of sustainability engagement

Clayton, William; Longhurst, James; Willmore, Chris; Gough, Georgina


Chris Willmore

Georgina Gough
Associate Professor in Education for Sustainable Development


The biggest sustainability impact of any university is its graduates, who typically will have 60 years of life (and planetary impact) post-graduation1. Across the world, universities have direct access to millions of bright and capable young people, many of whom are experiencing a significant transitional stage in their lives, making their years in Higher Education a perfect opportunity to establish a long-lasting understanding of, and engagement with, key issues of sustainability. After all, these students will be amongst those directly responsible for building a more sustainable future in the decades ahead.

As a response to this, the Student Capital project was initiated in Bristol in 2015 with the main objective of increasing student sustainability engagement, and importantly, of increasing its mass appeal.


Clayton, W., Longhurst, J., Willmore, C., & Gough, G. (2017). Student capital: Broadening the appeal of sustainability engagement

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Dec 22, 2017
Publication Date Jan 1, 2017
Publicly Available Date
Journal Environmental Scientist
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Volume 26
Issue 4
Pages 16-23
Keywords student engagement, sustainability, university, green capital, student capital, UWE, Bristol, ESD
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