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Climate action: what does this mean for the occupational psychology curriculum and OP practice?

19 October 2021 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
This event is free to attend. Registration is necessary, see pricing tab
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Against the backdrop of 2021 as the UK’s year for climate action, along with the build up to COP26 and new guidance about education for sustainable development, this webinar explores climate action through the real-life experiences of implementing improvements in organisations, and encourages debate about the place of climate change in occupational psychology education and training, as well as in applied practice.

The programme will be of particular interest to educators, students and practitioners. It includes presentation and discussion, providing an opportunity to consider questions like:

  • How do we develop our curriculum and our practice to deal with issues like climate anxiety, and support strategies that empower workplaces to take positive action?
  • How can we use systems thinking to look at the whole picture, and plan changes that anticipate and deal with any inadvertent effects, while also enabling new approaches that help protect the planet?
  • How will we meet the growing expectations of students, clients, and practitioners that climate action is something we need to embrace?
  • How might we influence corporate agendas in relation to climate action?
  • How should we respond if we hear that climate action is ‘nothing to do with psychology?
  • Why are some of us reluctant to engage with the climate emergency?

Learning outcomes

  • To hear about and explore experiences in climate action
  • To consider how curriculum designers can tailor solutions that promote sustainability
  • To reflect on implications for practice
  • To learn from other disciplines and share transferable lessons for application in practice

Welcome Presentation by Dr Petra Molthan-Hill Panel  followed by a Discussion, Q&A and Final Reflections


Professor Petra Molthan-Hill PhD, MBA, MDiv, PFHEA Dr Petra Molthan-Hill

Professor Petra Molthan-Hill PhD, MBA, MDiv, PFHEA Dr Petra Molthan-Hill (female) is Professor of Sustainable Management and Education for Sustainable Development at Nottingham Business School and Co-Chair of the United Nations Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) working group on climate change and environment. Petra is a Fellow of the Environmental Association of Universities and Colleges (EAUC), UK, Principal Fellow of Higher Education Academy (HEA) and a member of Business in the Community’s East Midlands Leadership Board.

Business in the Community is the oldest and largest business-led membership organisation dedicated to responsible business in the UK. Petra has led the Green Academy at Nottingham Trent University from 2013-2021, with the aim to include Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) related curricular and extra-curricular initiatives into the whole university, for example the internal online course offered to all 32.000 student at NTU: ‘Sustainability in Practice Certificate’ (Shortlisted Green Gown Award 2014, practical challenge day shortlisted in the Green Gown Awards 2017, now three topics on offer: Food, Energy and Clothing). She won the Sustainability Professional Award in the Green Gown Awards 2016 for her work. In 2010, she designed a Greenhouse Gas Management Student Consultancy Project, which she led until 2017. For this project she won ‘The Guardian University Award 2015 for Business Partnership’ (Greenhouse Gas Management Project) together with NetPositive Ltd. Under her leadership over 1500 students helped to transform 180 organizations, from SMEs to Local Council.

In 2017, she undertook research with ‘Coronation Street’ – a popular soap in the UK – about their impactful carbon literacy training and has co-designed a ‘Carbon Literacy Training for Business Schools’ based on this insight, which has been rolled out as a PRME Champions Project since autumn 2019 and reached over 400 Academics to date. Recently, she led the design of an open -source tool-kit ‘Carbon Literacy Training for staff and students in universities’, which was launched on 20.01.2021 funded by BEIS, UK.

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