Rob O’Donoghue



Rob O’Donoghue is Professor Emeritus at the Environmental Learning Research Centre (ELRC), Rhodes University. In his research in environment and sustainability education, he has given close attention to indigenous knowledge practices and inclusive, action learning in post-colonial curriculum and community contexts. Recent work with critical realism has been centred on transformative social learning and expanding the scope of evaluation in Education for Sustainable Development. His research has informed the Fundisa-for-Change teacher professional development programme and the Amanzi-for-Food initiative on local food production using rainwater harvesting to mitigate climate variability in the Eastern Cape. His most recent work on ethics-led transformative learning has been an ESD Expert-Net initiative on Handprint-CARE. This was undertaken within the ELRC T-Learning work with the ISSC and in collaboration with colleagues in Mexico, Germany, India, Norway, Malaysia and Japan. The open-ended research and materials development work is centred on ‘learning to look after others so as to best care for ourselves and the surroundings we all share,’ the challenge of future equity, peace and sustainability in a changing world.