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Prof Eureta Rosenberg

Eureta Rosenberg

Prof Eureta Rosenberg, Murray and Roberts Chair of Environment and Sustainability Education.

Name: Prof Eureta Rosenberg

Contact Number: +27 82 739 4378

Qualifications: PhD Environmental Education (Rhodes University)

BIOGRAPHY

Since September 2016 Eureta is a full Professor in the Murray & Roberts Chair of Environment and Sustainability Education at Rhodes University.

She has the unique distinction of being the first to graduate with a Masters in Environmental Education from Rhodes University. She obtained her PhD in 1995 with a study exploring research methodologies for environmental education. At the time, she was appointed to the Murray & Roberts Chair and tasked with building a cadre of environmental education professionals through a post-graduate research and coursework programme. With other colleagues, she developed a first certificate course (the Gold Fields course) and the first SADC-wide course for environmental education practitioners. From 2000, Eureta worked from Cape Town as a consultant. Her consulting work included leading the stakeholder based development the National Biodiversity Human Capital Development Strategy, which has been acclaimed in and outside of the sector as a strong strategy. Her research interests include quality and relevance in the educational system for producing environmental practitioners, as well as a skills intelligence system to track and evaluate the progress of producing skills for green work.

Eureta is a founding member of the National Environmental Skills Planning Forum and her leadership roles include being Editor-in-Chief for the Southern African Journal of Environmental Education, the International Reference group for the Resilience in the Limpopo-Olifants River programme of AWARD and USAID, and coordinating the Researching Work and Learning Conference for 2017. She was also a Board Member of the Wildlife and Environmental Society of South Africa (WESSA).

 

Eureta’s experience in academia, civil society and consulting includes research, teaching, programme evaluation and strategic planning.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Prof Rosenberg has co-developed and co-presented the Masters in Education (Environmental Education), a pioneering course introduced in 1990 at Rhodes University. She also played a leading role with her colleagues in developing an innovative case study based research methodology programme in the Education Department, involving guest presenters from elsewhere in the university and outside.She has taught guest lectures and courses in other universities including Griffith University in Australia, and she co-developed, conducted and coordinated a number of other programmes for environmental educators working in conservation, business, schools, universities, NGOs and other contexts.  

 

RESEARCH and EVALUATION

1.GREEN SKILLS RESEARCH: Eureta worked with colleagues to pioneer and inform research on and for green skills in South Africa. This included research on green skills demand in industries such as mining (coal), chemicals (paint) and in state procurement, as well as championing green economy initiatives in general (with UNITAR and the ILO). This research (see www.greenskills.co.za) is being used to feed into the national skills planning system (the Department of Higher Education and Training and Sector Education and Training Authorities) but also to piloted methodology and develop tools for further green skills demand articulation studies and skills planning. She is currently planning a green skills research and planning course to be offered in 2017 in partnership with Wits.

2. EVALULATIVE RESEARCH: Eureta has conducted numerous evaluation for local NGOs, international donors, government departments and industries. In addition to evaluation of environmental projects and programmes she has also developed evaluation tools and frameworks with a strong theoretical and conceptual basis. The evaluation work has often evolved into strategic planning and programme development over extended periods of time. Her evaluation work has been published and presented at international conferences. She is also planning to host a course in the evaluation of capacity development and learning in complex systems in 2017.

2.SOCIAL SCIENCE METHODOLOGY: A theme across Eureta’s intellectual and practical project is interrogating and developing research and evaluation methodologies that are transformational, generative, and suitable for studying the complex, open systems that comprise (social) learning, teaching, education and capacity development.

SUPERVISION

During her initial period in academic Eureta successfully supervised three PhD and 27 M.Ed. students in Environmental Education. Her scope of supervision is diverse and multidimensional. It covers studies contributing to: formal education curriculum development; policy processes and development; resource material development; evaluation; youth and environmental education; participatory action research; theatre for development, training and development in relation to waste management; educational change; community knowledge cohesion and sustainability; environmental skills development; professional development and environmental literacy. More recently she started to lead a developmental research programme focusing on skills for an inclusive green economy and sustainable futures in the Environmental Learning Research Centre, and she is looking for post-graduate researchers who want to study green work and learning for sustainable futures.

 

PUBLICATIONS

Janse van Rensburg, E. 1994. Social transformation in response to the environmental crisis. The role of education and research. Australian Journal of Environmental, 10, 1-20.  Refereed journal.

Janse van Rensburg, E. 1998. “We’re just teaching in a vacuum”. Teaching in context in the Learning for Sustainability project. Southern African Journal of Environmental Education, 18, pp.62-73.

Janse van Rensburg, E. and Jenkin, N. 1999. EEASA ’99. Growing Together. Proceedings of the Annual Conference and Workshops of EEASA, Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa, 7-10 September 1999. Conference proceedings.

Janse van Rensburg, E. and Lotz-Sisitka, H. Undated. Enabling environmental education as a cross-curricular concern in outcomes based learning programmes: A discussion document. Environmental Education Curriculum Initiative, Pretoria. Policy brief.

Janse van Rensburg, E. Lotz-Sisitka, H. and Mosidi, S. Undated. Environmental learning across the National Qualifications Framework: An Enabling Document for National Standards Bodies and Standards Generating Bodies. Environmental Standards Generating Initiative, Pretoria. Policy brief.

Janse van Rensburg, E. et al. 2000. Learning for Sustainability: An environmental education professional development case study influencing policy and practice. Rhodes University, Grahamstown. Non-refereed research and evaluation report.

Lotz-Sisitka, H. and Janse van Rensburg, E. 2000. Learning for Sustainability Project: Contextual Profile. Rhodes University, Grahamstown. Non-refereed research and evaluation report. Monograph.

Janse van Rensburg, E. and Lotz-Sisitka, H. 2002. Environmental Education, Ethics and Action in Southern Africa. Contributing Editors. HSRC Press and EEASA, Cape Town. Edited and refereed.

Taylor, J. and Janse van Rensburg, E. 2002. Share-Net. Environmental education resource networking in a risk society. In Tillbury, D. et al. (eds). 2002. Education and Sustainability: Responding to the Global Challenge. IUCN Commission on Education and Communications. Chapter in a refereed book.

Hoogervorst, A., Janse van Rensburg, E., Kemm, K. and Parry-Davies, D. (Eds) 2002. The Enviropaedia: Environmental Encyclopaedia and Networking Directory for Southern Africa. Eco-Logic, Cape Town. Industry publication with a national distribution.

Janse van Rensburg, E. 2003. The Cape Peninsula National Park: An Educator’s Resource. SANParks, Cape Town.

Rosenberg, E. 2004. On the personal, social and environmental … A response to Alistair Chadwick’s Viewpoint ‘Responding to destructive interpersonal interactions: A way forward for school-based environmental educators’. Southern African Journal of Environmental Education, 21, pp.147-156.

Rosenberg, E. 2004. Classroom practice for a healthy environment: A teacher’s handbook on environmental learning in the GET curriculum. Draft for comment. Department of Education, Pretoria.

Rosenberg, E. 2004. Into Evaluation: A Start-Up Resource for Evaluating Environmental Education and Training Projects, Programmes, Resources. City of Cape Town, Cape Town. In-house publication.

Rosenberg, E. Consumerism: Towards Sustainable Consumption and Production. Enviropaedia 2006-2008, pp. 56-59. Industry publication with a national distribution, published in Cape Town.

Rosenberg, E. & Janisch, C. Energy, sustainability and the consumer. Enviropaedia 2006-2008, pp. 94-97. Industry publication with a national distribution, published in Cape Town.

Rosenberg, E. Population Growth and Sustainable Development. Enviropaedia 2006-2008, pp.225-226. Industry publication with a national distribution, published in Cape Town.

Rosenberg, E. Poverty Alleviation through Sustainable Development. Enviropaedia 2006-2008, pp. 227-230. Industry publication with a national distribution, published in Cape Town.

Rosenberg, E. Sustainable Development: Maintaining profits or sustaining people and planet? Enviropaedia 2006-8, pp.304-306. Industry publication with a national distribution, published in Cape Town.

Rosenberg, E. 2007. Is Growth a Sustainable Development Path? Feature article in The Sustainable Business Handbook, (Fourth Edition), pp.18-23. Trialogue, Cape Town. Industry publication published in Cape Town.

Rosenberg, E. 2008. Eco-Schools and the Quality of Education in South Africa: Realising the Potential. Southern African Journal of Environmental Education, 25, pp.25-43. Refereed paper in DHET accredited journal.

Rosenberg, E. 2008. Conservation education strategy planning toolkit. C.A.P.E. Conservation Education Programme, Rhodes University, Grahamstown. Distributed through Share-Net, Howick, South Africa.

Rosenberg, E., O’Donoghue, R. and Olvitt, L. 2008. Methods and processes to support change-oriented learning. C.A.P.E. Conservation Education Programme, Rhodes University, Grahamstown. Distributed through Share-Net, Howick, South Africa.

Rosenberg, E. 2009. Teacher Education Workbook for Environment and Sustainability Education. C.A.P.E. Conservation Education Programme and Rhodes University, Grahamstown. Distributed through Share-Net, Howick, South Africa.

National Biodiversity Human Capital Development Strategy. 2009-2013. 2010. SANBI and the Lewis Foundation. www.greenmatter.co.za

Rosenberg, E. 2010. Biodiversity research and conservation: Careers. In Quest, 6(3), pp.27-29.

Raven, G. and Rosenberg, E. 2012. Welcome to Working for a Greener World! An Induction Workbook for Interns in the Environment and Biodiversity Sector. TMF and WWF-SA, Cape Town. (Printed and distributed by Department of Environment Affairs, Pretoria)

Hillcoat, J. and Janse van Rensburg, E. 2014. Consuming passions: Educating the empty self. Australian Journal of Environmental Education, 30(1), 88-95. Paper in refereed journal.

Rosenberg, E. 2014. Theories of Mentoring. Module 2 in Mentors for the Environment. Train the Trainers Course (Pilot 2014). GreenMatter and WWF-South Africa, Cape Town. Training materials.

Rosenberg, E. and Manzini, S.T. 2014. Leadership for biodiversity in South Africa: Transformation and capacity development in the GreenMatter programme. Chapter 18 in: Corcoran, P.B. and Hollingshead, B.P. (Eds) 2014. Intergenerational Learning and Transformative Leadership for Sustainable Futures. Wageningen Academic Publishers, Netherlands. Chapter in refereed book.

Rosenberg, E. 2015. National Environmental Skills Summit (NESS) Report. www.greenmatter.co.za

Rosenberg, E., Visser, Z. and Cobban, L. 2016. Demand for green skills in coal mining. Green skills methodology case study. http://greenskills.co.za/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Green-Skills-in-Mining-Research-Methodology_1-March-2016_for-upload.pdf

 

PRESENTATIONS AT THE RECENT SYMPOSIA, CONFERENCES AND ROUND TABLES

Rosenberg, E. 2012. GreenMatter and the Biodiversity Human Capital Development Strategy Progress Update. National Environmental Skills Summit (NESS), 30-31 October, Johannesburg.

Rosenberg, E. 2013. Are our science graduates ready for work? Inyathelo Vice Chancellors’ Leadership Retreat and Think Tank on Higher Education and the Relevance of Graduate Skills. November 2013, Cape Town.

Rosenberg, E. 2014. The need for green skills research and possible methodology, Eastern Cape Green Economy Forum, Uitenhage.

Rosenberg, E. 2015. New Opportunities for Cooperation in Green Skills Research. National Environmental Skills Summit (NESS), 3-5 March, DBSA, Midrand.

Rosenberg, E. and Mofu, V. 2015. Progress update: Green skills research. National Environmental Skills Summit (NESS), 3-5 March, DBSA, Midrand.

Rosenberg, E. 2015. What green skills in the mining value chain? NRF GreenSkills Research Symposium, 11 June 2015, Wits REAL, Johannesburg.

Rosenberg, E. 2015. The work of a research chair: 25 years of praxis. 25th Anniversary of the Murray and Roberts Chair of Environmental Education, October 2015, Rhodes University, Grahamstown.

Rosenberg, E. with Ramsarup, P. and Gumede, S.M. SAERA (South African Educational Research Association). Present and chair a panel discussion on Transformative Methodology for Green Skills Research. 29 October 2015, Bloemfontein.

Rosenberg, E. and Ramsarup, P. and Gumede, S.M. SAERA (South African Educational Research Association). Green Skills Research as a New Knowledge Field: Methodological Review. 29 October 2015, Bloemfontein.

Rosenberg, E. with Pollard, S., Du Toit, D. et al. SAPECS (The Southern African Programme on Ecosystem Change and Society). Interactive half-day session on the Monitoring, Evaluation, Learning and Reporting Framework for RESILIM-O. November 2015, STIAS, Stellenbosch.

Rosenberg, E. 2016. New Knowledge Field: Green Skills Demand Studies. Green Skills Round Table, 21 April 2016, Wits University, Johannesburg.

Rosenberg, E. 2016. Occupationally directed study: Mining. Green Skills Round Table, 21 April 2016, Wits University, Johannesburg.

Rosenberg, E. 2016. Work Packages 1 and 2 and the Monograph. Green Skills Round Table, 21 April 2016, Wits University, Johannesburg

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