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Dr Obehi Sule

Academic Developer
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Obehi is an Academic Developer at Anglia Learning & Teaching.

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Obehi is a dynamic and versatile academic professional, currently excelling in her role as an Academic Developer in Inclusive Learning and Teaching. Her journey into academia began during her master’s degree program as a Greening Curriculum Intern at the University of Sunderland. This path led to her pursuing a PhD program at ARU’s Global Sustainability Institute alongside which she worked on several projects and was a visiting scholar to business schools. After completing her PhD, in which she contributed significantly to the field of sustainability, she transitioned into a lecturing role in the School of Management. There, she served as the Course Portfolio Leader for undergraduate Business Management courses before advancing to her current position.

Prior to her PhD in Sustainability, Obehi earned an MSc in Environment, Health, and Safety from Sunderland University and a BSc in Microbiology from Ambrose Alli University. Her diverse educational background equips her with a nuanced understanding of complex interdisciplinary issues, enabling her to provide unique insights to her students, fellow academics, in her research and projects.

In her current role, Obehi champions inclusive learning and teaching strategies. She draws on her comprehensive background in sustainability, change, and curriculum development to create an educational environment where all students, regardless of background or personal circumstances, feel valued and capable of achieving their academic goals. Her exceptional ability to communicate complex concepts in accessible ways, combined with her commitment to equitable education, underscores her value in the academic sphere.

Away from her academic duties, Obehi's vibrant personality shines. She is a creative thinker and problem solver, often bringing fresh perspectives to discussions. Her supportive approach is appreciated by both colleagues and students. Beyond her professional life, Obehi is also active in community and global initiatives promoting sustainability.

Throughout her academic career, Obehi's collegial spirit, dedication to her students, and passion for knowledge have consistently been at the forefront. Her commitment to making education inclusive has contributed positively to her academic environment and beyond.


PhD Sustainability, Anglia Ruskin University

PG Cert Learning and Teaching

MSc Environment, Health and Safety, Sunderland University

BSc Microbiology, Ambrose Alli University

Memberships, editorial boards

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Made a Difference Awards – nominated for the Outstanding Personal Tutor Award (2021)

Memberships of Centres of Expertise

UN Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) Working Group on Climate Change and Environment

UN Regional Centre of Expertise (RCE) on Education for Sustainable Development Northeast (2012- 2018)

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

Obehi has been involved in various research projects, and has been Co-Principal Investigator for the:

  • QR GCRF-funded 'Gendered Impacts on Access to Education and Technology during COVID-19 in India'
  • FBL Research Pump-Priming Fund-supported 'New Forms of Organizing in Food and Nutritional Security for Children in a Crisis'
  • QR GCRF-funded 'Gendering the Construction of Energy Needs in the Global South'.

Obehi has also contributed to consultancy and knowledge exchange initiatives, such as the ARU Sustainable Futures Research and Knowledge Exchange-funded 'Energy and Gender: International Capacity Building for Female Early and Mid-Career Researchers'.

In her role as a mentor in the Students at the Heart of Knowledge Exchange (SHoKE) program, Obehi provides guidance to student consultants working on and delivering projects related to social value initiatives and sustainability.

Selected recent publications

Dhar-Bhattacharjee, S., Singh, A., Upadhyaya, A. S., Upadhyaya, P., Mishra, M. and Sule, O. (2023) 'Impact of access to education and technology during COVID-19 in Uttar Pradesh, India', Educational Quest: An Int. J. of Education and Applied Social Sciences [In press].

Foulds, C., Khalid, R., Jensen, E., Sule, O. and Lorenz, L. (2023) 'Social responsibility in research and innovation practice and policy across global regions, institutional types, and fields: Interview data and qualitative content analysis outputs revealing the perspectives and experiences of professionals', Open Res Europe, 3(65).

Schiffer, A., Greene, M., Khalid, R., Foulds, C., Sule, O., Vidal, C. A., Chatterjee, M., Dhar-Bhattacharjee, S., Edomah, N., Palit, D. and Yesutanbul, A.N. (2022) 'Brokering Gender Empowerment in Energy Access in the Global South', Buildings and Cities, 3(1), pp. 619–637.

Sule, O. F. (2019) Embedding sustainability within higher education: current commitments, approaches and outcomes in higher educational institutions. Doctoral thesis, Anglia Ruskin University.

Sule, O. F. and Greig, A. (2017) 'Embedding Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) Within the Curriculum of UK Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs): Strategic Priorities', in Leal Filho, W. (ed.) Sustainable Development Research at Universities in the United Kingdom: Approaches, Methods and Projects. Cham: Springer, pp. 91–107.

Recent presentations and conferences

Sule, O. F. (2021) 'Practical Approaches to Teaching Sustainability: How to Teach and Promote Sustainable Development in Pedagogy', Driving Ambition. [Presentation] ARU 1st Sustainability Summit 2021, United Kingdom, 21-23 April.

Sule, O. F. (2016) ‘Embedding Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) Within the Curriculum of UK Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs): Strategic Priorities’: Symposium on Sustainable Development Research at Universities in the United Kingdom, Manchester, 5-6 April.