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Professor Eureta Rosenberg

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Chair of Environment and Sustainability Education

Contact details:
Phone: +27(46) 603 7335
Email: e.rosenberg@ru.ac.za
Qualifications: B.Med.Sc (UFS); B.Med.Sc.Hons (UFS); M.Med.Sc (UFS); B.A.Hons (Rhodes); MEd Environmental Education (Rhodes); PhD Environmental Education (Rhodes University)

Short Biography

Prof Rosenberg is the Chair of Environment and Sustainability Education and Director of the Environmental Learning Research Centre at Rhodes University. Her qualifications include an M.Sc. in Medical Science (Hematology), an Honours in Psychology and an M.Ed. in Education. Her PhD, which she obtained in 1995 as Eureta Janse van Rensburg, focussed on transformative research methodology. Her other scholarly interests include evaluation that supports organisational learning; strategic planning; ethics of care; green work and learning and skills for sustainability. She has worked in these and other areas both as academic (1991-2000 and again from September 2016) and as independent consultant (2001-2016).

Prof Rosenberg collaborates with Wits University’s Centre for Research in Education and Labour (REAL) to coordinate a Green Skills Systems Building Programme in South Africa, focussed on building the capacity of government, employers and education institutions to plan and provide for skills for an inclusive, greener economy and a sustainable, just society. This programme has resulted in a number of research reports and skills planning resources ((www.greenskills.co.za).

In 2018 Eureta was awarded a research chair in Monitoring and Evaluation in a SETA Environment, supported by Sector Education and Training Authorities (SETAs) and the Department of Higher Education and Training. Her other evaluation projects include developing Participatory Monitoring, Evaluation, Reflection and Learning frameworks for natural resource management and resilience building programmes, working with partners like the Association of Water and Rural Development (AWARD) in the Limpopo Province, and Tsitsa project implemented by Rhodes University and the Department of Environmental Affairs in the Eastern Cape.

Prof Rosenberg supervises M.Ed. and PhD students in these and related research areas. She also serves as the editor-in-chief of the Southern African Journal of Environmental Education (www.ajol.info). She supports her academic home, Rhodes University, by serving on the Institutional Planning Committee.

Her publications list can be accessed at https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7421-7120.

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, as well as a series of national and international short courses in environment and sustainability education. She played a leading role with colleagues in developing an innovative case study based research methodology programme in the Rhodes University Education Department.  

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 agriculture, 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 offered a green skills research and planning course in 2018 in partnership with Wits REAL.

2. EVALULATIVE RESEARCH: Eureta has conducted evaluations 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. These evaluations 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 planning to host a course in the evaluation of capacity development and learning in complex systems in 2019. Currently she is supporting resilience-building and natural resource management programmes to develop participatory monitoring, evaluation and reporting frameworks.

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


During her initial period in academia 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. Currently she is leading a developmental research programme focusing on skills for an inclusive green economy and sustainable futures.

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