OPEN Fellow – Steve Martin


BSc (Hons); PhD; Hon FSE; FRSB; F.I.Env Sci; FRSA.

Interests & Passions

Learning for Sustainability: Place Based Learning: Quality and Sustainability;Transformational Change;Systems Thinking and Practice SDGs and their implementation. Policy and Sustainability


Professor Stephen Martin: BSc (Hons); PhD; Hon FSE; FRSB; F.I.Env Sci; FRSA. CHANGE AGENTS Co- Founder and President Steve is a passionate advocate for learning for sustainability and has spent over 40 years facilitating and supporting organisations and governments in ways they can contribute towards a more sustainable future. For nearly a decade he was a member of Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Further and Higher Education( specialising in agricultural and science education in the East and West Midlands), with national responsibility for Environmental Education. He served as a special advisor to the Secretary of State in the Department of the Environment in drafting the education and training sections of HM Government’s first white paper on the Environment-Our Common Inheritance. He was the founding chair of the Higher Education Academy’s Sustainability Advisory Group. For five years he served as an education for sustainability policy advisor to the UK’s National Commission for UNESCO. He has held visiting professorships at the Open University, University of Hertfordshire, University of Gloucestershire and currently, at the University of the West of England. He is an Honorary Professor in learning for sustainability at the Universities of Worcester and Nottingham. He was formerly Director of Learning at Forum for the Future, the leading Sustainability Charity in the UK. He is a former Trustee of the Worldwide Fund for Nature and an Honorary Fellow of the Society for the Environment and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology. He is Co-Founder and President of the charity Change Agents UK. From 2016 until 2019 he was a member of the UKSSD ‘s Steering Group in the development of a UK wide progress report (called Measuring Up) on the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). From 2021 he began to support Nottingham University with its sustainability strategy. He is a keen cyclist and walks as often as possible with Derbyshire Dales Ramblers.

Why am I an OPEN fellow?

I believe that being an Open Fellow offers me scope to support and influence transformational change for a more sustainable future. Im particularly interested in how civic universities can act as transformational change agents through citizen science and deliberative democracy and active participatory practice.

How can I help change agents?

By being one

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