University Professor Launches New International Resilience Title

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The world is currently confronted by global and interconnected challenges. A new publication charts the international processes as well as grounded practices that seek to build resilience in our communities and create more sustainable futures. This book is co-authored by Daniella Tilbury, Professor of Sustainability at the University of Gloucestershire and Dr John Blewitt from Aston University.
The subject is explored through wide-ranging interviews with opinion leaders from around the world, documenting emerging trends, shifting tactics and future pathways for conservation and sustainable development post Rio+20. Most chapters are underpinned by reflections on change leadership and education, and Professor Tilbury says that book is ideal for students and academics working in fields including sustainable development, education and conservation.

Searching for Resilience in Sustainable Development: Learning Journeys will be launched officially at the United Nations Headquarters in Nairobi on the 23rd November to coincide with the International Conference of the Regional Centres of Expertise (RCEs) in Education for Sustainable Development , The text is available in the UK from August 7 from Earthscan/Routledge, the global academic publishing house.

It has met with positive reviews around the world, including Dr John Cortes, Minister for Health and the Environment at HM Government of Gibraltar, who said: “Resilience, or its importance, are not immediately obvious, even to the resilient. Yet sustainability depends on it. Nothing can be sustained that is not resilient, whether it be natural systems, the efforts to conserve them or those who try to understand the processes and principals involved. Confused? Then read this book!”

Achim Steiner, Executive Director, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), also praised the work, saying: “This book is timely and exemplifies the very strong commitment that we in UNEP have to the world of Universities, both as research centres and intellectual drivers of our sustainable development paradigm, and as centres of training for professionals who will enable us in the future to help societies in making this transition.”

About the University of Gloucestershire

The University of Gloucestershire gained official university status in 2001 but has existed as an educational establishment for nearly 200 years. Our heritage lies in the Mechanics Institutes of the 1830s, with our Francis Close Hall campus founded in 1847 as the Cheltenham Training College.

Today, we have three thriving campuses, Francis Close Hall and The Park in Cheltenham, and Oxstalls in Gloucester, which are occupied by approximately 10,000 students. In 2010, the University invested £5 million in teaching facilities including a new, state-of-the-art media and art and design studios.

The University is celebrated for its consistent and outstanding performance in sustainability as recognised by external assessments such as the Green League and Green Gown Awards in the UK.

The University of Gloucestershire delivers approximately 100 undergraduate course choices including accounting, law, business and management, fine art, TV production, humanities, leisure and tourism, social work and education plus and a diverse range of postgraduate and research degrees, and professional courses. For more information visit

Source: University of Gloucestershire

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