The ESD Research Centre (ESDRC) was founded at Rikkyo University in 2007. ESDRC approaches ESD mainly from the perspectives of environmental education and development education, based on humanities and social studies, aiming to become the hub of an ESD research network in the Asia-Pacific region.
The ESDRC has carried out several projects on ESD in the AsiaPacific. The Centre has worked, in collaboration with NGOs (particularly in Japan and Thailand), on the development of education materials and training programmes with a focus on participatory development. It has also been involved in conducting research on ESD for climate change adaptation in the Pacific Islands.
The ESDRC has also facilitated stakeholder projects, for example linking businesses and higher education institutions (HEIs). This project approached ESD from the perspective of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). Japan is one of the largest economies in the world and the Asia-Pacific region embraces some of the world fastest growing economies. As such reorienting business practices to support more sustainable patterns of development is critical for the future of the region. Learning from innovative CSR activities worldwide, the project team provided a series of sessions and retreats, for Japanese companies in a participatory manner to assist reorienting their planning and business practice towards sustainability.
Osamu Abe, Director, ESD Research Centre
Rikkyo University, Japan
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