Centre for Climate Change Action and Education
Working towards a better world by advancing awareness of the climate crisis and the need for urgent actionView content
Anthropogenic climate change is here, now, devastating human and more-than-human life. The time is long overdue for every discipline in the academy to address the climate and biodiversity crisis head-on.
The Centre for Climate Change Action & Education (CCCAE) was launched in April 2018 as the Centre for Climate Action, based in the Faculty of Business, Law and Digital Technologies, and relaunched in April 2021 as the Centre for Climate Change Action and Education, based in the Faculty of Education. CCCAE is an interdisciplinary research and knowledge exchange centre aiming to be a catalyst for action to defend, conserve and help heal Earth systems. At the University of Winchester, this means action across the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, in Health and Wellbeing and in Business, but this centre’s remit focusses on the contribution of Education in moving communities from understanding to action. In our varied fields, we must re-educate ourselves, first for survival, and long-term for flourishing.
The climate crisis is also a crisis of social, environmental and ecological injustice, with those communities and bioregions, species and ecosystems which have done least to cause the crisis, and which are least able to address it, facing the worst impacts. We work closely with the University's Institute for Climate and Social justice.
Climate Change Education is firmly embedded across our curriculum and our ambition is to become an international Centre of Excellence.
Aims and objectives
- To investigate educational responses to the climate and biodiversity crisis
- To explore the relationship between understanding and action for climate change mitigation and adaptation
- To raise awareness of the urgency of action on climate change and biodiversity loss
- To galvanize desire on the part of the university and wider learning communities to collective action to address climate change
- To create a research and knowledge exchange environment that supports personal and collective change to mitigate the impacts of climate change and adapt to reduce its risks
The centre is addressing these aims and objectives by acting as both a motor and a clearing house for research and knowledge exchange related to climate change impacts across disciplines, stimulating conversations to set the agenda and drive change, and by developing projects to embed the Centre within the University's programmes and culture.
Postgraduate research supervision
The Centre currently supports the postgraduate research project 'A Transdisciplinary Approach to Climate Change Education: The Ambidextrous Framework to Implementing Climate Change Education within University Business Schools', alongside colleagues from the Winchester Business School and the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.
The Centre is working closely with Gilbert White's House and Gardens, the birthplace of modern ecology, on supporting teachers in climate education in schools and co-organising public engagement activities around climate change and biodiversity.
National Survey on on Education for Sustainable Development
The Centre is one of the partner insitutions in the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) Collaborative Enhancement Project, led by De Montfort University with 10 partner universities and Students Organising for Sustainability (UK). How can processes such as programme validation, module review, curriculum renewal, student course representation and student co-design help enable taught university courses to address big societal issues of our time such as climate change, social justice and equality and diversity? This project is seeking the views and experiences of students and staff in the UK Higher Education sector on these questions through a national survey.
Responses are encouraged from any staff member or student, particularly those with relevant roles (e.g. programme/module leaders, Academic Quality staff, student union staff, ESD and sustainability leads). Students who complete the survey can be entered into a cash prize draw (£200 first prize and four £50 runner-up prizes). Full details and participant information are available via the survey link here. If you have any questions on the survey, please contact Dr Andrew Reeves at De Montfort University.
Read our 5-year Climate Change Education Strategy
Contact the Centre
For more information, please contact the Centre Convener, Dr Simon Boxley, Senior Lecturer in Education.
The Centre works closely with the following organisations, groups, networks and campaigns:
A growing group of UK-based universities and research centres working together to raise ambition for tangible outcomes from the UN COP26 Climate Change Conference. The Network will create lasting partnerships and legacies that reach beyond this single event.
Sustainability Community of Practice
Dr Tammi Sinha, who founded the centre as the Centre for Climate Action and is now a Senior Lecturer at Southampton Solent University, leads on the Sustainability Community of Practice, a collaboration between Solent University, the University of Winchester and Wessex Green Hub, which aims to develop more sustainable business activities and behaviours in the Winchester and wider Wessex area.
WinACC can lay claim to being one of the most active local climate action groups in the UK. The organisation is hosted and supported by the University.
Led by WinACC, Hampshire Climate Action Network is an informal way for local groups to share ideas and collaborate. Meetings take place every six months; 'Hampshire' includes Southampton and Portsmouth.
The University of Winchester Business School is a PRiME signatory and Champion.
We are a member of the University's Sustainable Futures Steering Group
Driving sustainability across campuses, curricula and communities.
Affiliated University staff and students
Dr Savithri Bartlett, Senior Fellow of Knowledge Exchange, University of Winchester Business School
Dr Darren Jeffers, Lecturer in Physical/Bio-Geography, Dept of Archaeology, Anthropology and Geography
Cassie Lowe, Learning & Teaching Enhancement Officer, Academic Quality and Development
Dr Ritsuko Ozaki, Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Principal Investigator of the Urban Infrastructure and Sustainable Lifestyles Project
Dr Louise Pagden, Senior Lecturer in Education (Professional Studies)
Dr Hugues Séraphin, Senior Lecturer in Event and Tourism Management, University of Winchester Business School
Prof. Nigel Tubbs, Department of Philosophy, Religions and Liberal Arts
Olena Waskiewicz, Lecturer in Value Studies, Institute of Value Studies/University Advisor on Earth-based Spiritualities/Senior Library Assistant
Recent blogs and news stories
Led by the Centre, the University engaged pro-actively and on many levels with COP26, the global conference on the climate emergency that took place in November 2021, hosted by the UK. Through the Centre, the University joined the UK Universities Climate Network, and Centre Convener Dr Simon Boxley is an author on the Network's briefing paper Mainstreaming Climate Change Education in UK Higher Education Institutions. A team drawn from across the University and external collaborators developed a programme of events and initiatives for COP26, with a strong focus on student and community engagement. Visit the University's COP26 page to find out more.