Prof Alison Greig

Director of Education for Sustainability
Faculty of Science and Engineering
Areas of Expertise:
Education for Sustainability
Research Supervision:

Alison is Director of Education for Sustainability (EfS) at Anglia Ruskin University and leads the EfS research theme at the Global Sustainability Institute (GSI). She is also Course Leader for the MSc Sustainability.

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Alison started her academic career as a physical geographer and has always been interested in the interconnections between the natural world and human societies. Following a career at a number of University Departments and as an independent environmental consultant, in 2011 she joined the GSI to take up the post of Director of Education for Sustainability.

With a responsibility for ensuring sustainability is part of all students experience at Anglia Ruskin University, Alison has also established Education for Sustainability as a research theme within the GSI. Alison is particularly interested in how education, both formal and informal, can help prepare individuals to bring about change for a more sustainable future, and how educational institutions can facilitate this process.

Research interests
  • The role of education and learning in creating agents of change for sustainability
  • Education and learning for social change
  • New educational and pedagogical approaches 
  • Holistic, interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary learning
  • The impacts of education and metrics of change.

PhD - Landslides, Heavy rainfalls and Hurricanes in Dominica, West Indies. University of Wales Swansea  
BSc -Geography. 1st Class Hons, University of Wales, Swansea
PgCert (Higher Education) Anglia Ruskin University

Memberships, editorial boards
National teaching Fellow 2019 logo

NTF - National Teaching Fellow
PHEA - Principle Fellow of Higher Education Academy
C.Wem - Chartered Water and Environmental Manager
C.Env.- Chartered Environmentalist

Selected recent publications

Greig, A., Priddle, J., 2019. Mapping Students’ Development in Response to Sustainability Education: A Conceptual Model. Sustainability, 11(16), 4324.

Greig, A. J., 2019. A round peg into a square hole: transdisciplinary sustainability education in a modular mass education system. In Ellis, M. (Ed.), 2019. Critical Global Semiotics: Understanding Sustainable Transformational Citizenship, (London: Routledge).

Fretwell, K., Greig, A., 2019. Towards a Better Understanding of the Relationship between Individual’s Self-Reported Connection to Nature, Personal Well-Being and Environmental Awareness. Sustainability, 11(5), 1386.

Sule, O. F., Greig, A., 2017. Embedding Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) Within the Curriculum of UK Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs): Strategic Priorities. In: Filho, W. L. (Ed.), 2017. Sustainable Development Research at Universities in the United Kingdom (Cham: Springer), pp. 91-107.

Greig, A. J., Philip, G., 2016. Mind the Gaps: Delivering and Receiving Sustainability Education. Proceedings of Conference: Sustainability in Higher Education, Canterbury Christ Church University, July 2016.

Skouloudis, A., Jones, N., Roumeliotis, S., Issac, D., Greig, A., Evangelinos, K., 2016. Industrial pollution, spatial stigma and economic decline: the case of Asopos river basin through the lens of local small business owners. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 60(9), pp. 1-26.

Eagle, R., Jones, A., Greig A., 2016. Localism and the environment: A critical review of UK Government localism strategy 2010–2015. Local Economy. doi: 10.1177/0269094216687710

Priddle, J., Greig, A. J., Wiles, E., 2015. Student Attitudes to Sustainability and Employability Skills: Expectations from the University Curriculum. In: Filho, W. L., Brandli, L., Kuznetsova, O., do Paço, A. M. F. (Eds.), 2015. Integrative Approaches to Sustainable Development at University Level (Cham: Springer), pp. 143-154.

Greig, A. J., 2015. Making sustainability part of every student’s curriculum. In Integrative approaches to sustainable development at university level In: Filho, W. L., Brandli, L., Kuznetsova, O., do Paço, A. M. F. (Eds.), 2015. Integrative Approaches to Sustainable Development at University Level (Cham: Springer), pp. 27-41.

Greig, A. J. with Priddle, J., Goodman, N., Trolle, A., Thompson, M., Plant, H., 2014 Walking the Walk: Developing a collaborative interdisciplinary Masters programme aimed at creating graduates who become catalysts for change. RCE annual Conference Sept 2014.