The Environmental Learning Research Centre is the home of a vibrant and diverse community of scholars and environmental education practitioners and forms a regional hub of environmental learning innovation.
The centre hosts a postgraduate research programme of between 50 to 60 Masters and PhDs scholars. We increasingly work with local, national, regional and international partners to develop research-informed and research-led short and certificate courses; the ELRC enjoys collaborative partnerships with over 50 partners across the world. Linked to this, the research and teaching programme of the ELRC continues to increase in size and scope and enjoys a high demand for its courses and programmes. Through these partnerships, centre aims to promote and encourage social scientific methodological innovation to produce knowledge of African education and social–ecological contexts.
In support of this collaborative approach to knowledge-building, the ELRC’s Sustainability Commons has been developed as a space for social innovation, engaging the border zones between the academy, public sector and civil society; between theory and practice; and knowledge, learning and human agency.
Since 1992, the Environmental Education programme at Rhodes University has successfully graduated 177 Masters scholars (with a supervision team of 2 for most of the time), and 53 PhD scholars producing an average of 6 M.Ed and 1.8 PhD scholars per annum.
The ELRC was established 30 years ago through the Murray & Roberts Chair of Environmental Education, Africa’s first and only Chair of Environmental Education. In 1997, the ELRC expanded to include the Gold Fields Service Centre, forming the Rhodes Environmental Education Unit, which offered expanded professional development, and policy development services to South African post-apartheid system building, and South Africa’s expanded interactions within SADC.
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The Doctoral Study in Environment and Sustainability Education contributes knowledge on learning, sustainability and social and education system change. This research programme is led by the Murray & Roberts Chair of Environment and Sustainability Education.
This Masters degree (Environment and Sustainability Education specialisation) is designed for practising environmental education, training and development. It is a full-thesis programme that may be undertaken on either a full or part-time basis, with in-person teaching blocks scheduled throughout the year.
The Bachelor of Education (Honours) degree programme facilitates the ability to critically engage with educational issues. It is a 2 year part-time programme offered in Grahamstown, South Africa and a second offered in Namibia.
The Environmental Learning Research Centre offers a short course programme. Please visit our gateway here for the latest offering.
The One Ocean Hub aims to transform our response to the urgent challenges facing our ocean.
A Knowledge Commons at the ELRC provides a space for social innovation, engaging the border zones between the academy, public sector and civil society; between theory and practice; and knowledge, learning and human agency.
In March 2018 Rhodes University (ELRC, NALSU and Community Engagement) were awarded a Research Chair to focus on Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) in a SETA Environment.
The t-learning transformative knowledge network (TKN) is one of three international transformative knowledge networks supported by the International Social Sciences Council within their programme on Transformations to Sustainability.
The Green Skills Project responds to the need for more proactive, concerted and coordinated efforts to analyse, plan for and develop green skills for South Africa, with a focus on the post - schooling system.
Fundisa for Change is a collaborative national programme formed specifically to enhance transformative environmental learning through teacher education.
The Sustainability Commons is a space where ideas and technologies for sustainable development can be tested and explored.
The Tsitsa Project is a novel approach to restoring and managing land and water sustainably in the Tsitsa River Catchment
The ELRC is host to the Eco-Schools Makana node, consisting of between 7 -15 schools from the Makana area.
The Environmental Education Association of Southern Africa (EEASA) was founded in September 1982 as a result of interaction between educationalists and environmentalists.
The Environmental Learning Research Centre is the home of a vibrant and diverse community of scholars and environmental education practitioners, and forms a regional hub of environmental learning innovation.