Encyclopedia of Sustainability in Higher Education

2019 Edition
| Editors: Walter Leal Filho

Students’ Perspectives on Sustainability

  • Aida GuerraEmail author
  • Carla K. Smink
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-11352-0_32



According to the Oxford Dictionary, the definition of perspective is “a particular attitude towards or way of regarding something; a point of view.” Furthermore, studies on perspectives on sustainability focus on what students know about sustainability. As a result, we define perspectives on sustainability as the perceptions, points of view, attitudes, and/or knowledge someone has about sustainability. Perspectives can act as drivers for change by triggering reflections on the status quo and on how to further develop Education for Sustainable Development (ESD).


Education plays a central role in sustainable development. Even though a lot of research has been carried out regarding Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) in higher education, many universities are still behind in terms of what is needed. Literature regarding strategies for integrating sustainability in higher education is abundant. It is...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Aalborg Centre for Problem Based Learning in Engineering Science and Sustainability under the auspices of UNESCOAalborg UniversityAalborgDenmark
  2. 2.Department of PlanningAalborg UniversityAalborgDenmark

Section editors and affiliations

  • Luciana Brandli
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Passo FundoPasso FundoBrazil