Conceptualising and Understanding Education and Cultural Challenges for Sustainability Transformation. Raising Awareness on the Big Picture

  • María Dolores Sánchez Galera


The aim of this chapter is to claim for a fresh view on the way we should think about education and culture as horizontal enablers of a strong sustainability model. It starts with a new conceptual approach that would enable us to understand the main challenges of both education and culture: new working definitions under SD premises are suggested, with the goal of laying out a new research agenda for an effective transformation process (see Sect. 4.1). Section 4.2 starts with the assumption that the importance of culture for economic growth has not been addressed adequately. Consequently, the preeminent role of education has also been ignored. The section continues with an analysis of the reasons behind the necessity to grow awareness among legal scholarship on transformation through education and culture. Section 4.3 tries to present the legislation potential for educational change, grounded on basic international agreements, which give support to educational and cultural instruments to face the challenges posed by the Anthropocene. Emphasis is made on the transforming capacities of these international treaties and principles. Finally, the global scenario is described as a possible trigger to reframe the EU current roadmap for sustainability (Sect. 4.4).


Education Culture Sustainability Horizontal enablers International agreements Transformation Challenges 


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  • María Dolores Sánchez Galera
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  1. 1.Public Law DepartmentCarlos III University of MadridMadridSpain

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