In higher education, sustainable development has its supporters and detractors.
It is embraced by some individuals and departments and perceived by others as a threat to the coherence of particular disciplines.
It is not a subject in its own right, although there are signs that this may now be happening.This text analyses the impact of the concepts and practices of sustainability and sustainable development on various academic disciplines, institutional practices, fields of study and methods of enquiry.
The authors examine the purpose of the modern university and the nature of sustainable education.
They explore links to social movements for sustainability, approaches to environmental management, new pedagogies, sustainability projects, curriculum change, culture and biodiversity, values relating to gender equality and global responsibility, and case studies on the transformation, or otherwise, in specific disciplines.