Encyclopedia of Sustainability in Higher Education

2019 Edition
| Editors: Walter Leal Filho

Storytelling for Sustainable Development

  • Tony WallEmail author
  • Lisa Rossetti
  • Sandra Hopkins
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-11352-0_381



Storytelling is the performance of fictional or nonfictional narratives which have an educational, inquiry, or sense-making intentionality. The performance of storytelling is ubiquitous and omnipresent, told and retold through anecdotes and life histories in conversations, as well as enshrined on stage in epic myths and legends. Within the context of sustainability and sustainable development, the intentionality of storytelling relates specifically to the Earth, its coinhabitants, and their relationality, as well as the temporal tensions or dangers of each of these dimensions (i.e., between the “here and now” and “the future”) (also see chapters on  “Dimensions of Sustainability in Higher Education”).


The use of stories in higher education crosses a number of sustainable development dimensions, including the relationships between...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.International Thriving at Work Research GroupUniversity of ChesterChesterUK
  2. 2.Centre for Work Related StudiesUniversity of ChesterChesterUK
  3. 3.Positive Lives, Chester, and Lapidus InternationalBristolUK

Section editors and affiliations

  • Petra Molthan-Hill
    • 1
  1. 1.Nottingham Trent UniversityNottinghamUK