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Creative Universities: Reimagining education for global challenges and alternative futures

Published on 30 September 2022

In this episode of the IDS podcast Between the Lines, IDS Director of Research, Peter Taylor interviews Anke Schwittay, Professor of Anthropology and Global Development at the University of Sussex. Anke is author of the book: Creative Universities: Reimagining Education for Global Challenges and Alternative Futures.

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In the book and podcast, Anke Schwittay argues that, in order to inspire and equip students to generate better responses to global challenges, we need a pedagogy that develops their imagination, creativity, emotional sensibilities and practical capabilities.

Presenting concrete ideas for the reimagination of higher education, this podcast is an essential listen for both educators and students in any field studying global challenges.

About the author

Anke Schwittay is Professor of Anthropology and Global Development at the University of Sussex. Further information about her work can be found at www.creativeuniversities.com

About the interviewer

Peter Taylor is Director of Research at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS). Previously he was Director, Strategic Development, at the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Ottawa, Canada where he was responsible for leading IDRC’s strategic planning processes.

About the book

In this wide-ranging book, Anke Schwittay argues that, in order to inspire and equip students to generate better responses to global challenges, we need a pedagogy that develops their imagination, creativity, emotional sensibilities and practical capabilities.

Schwittay proposes a critical-creative pedagogy that incorporates design-based activities, experiential teaching, serious play and future-oriented practices. Crucially, she demonstrates the importance of moving beyond analysing limitations to working towards alternatives for more equitable, just and sustainable futures.

The book can be purchased here.

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