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Profiles

Ms Jade Blake

Plymouth Business School (Faculty of Business)

Role

The Centre for Sustainable Futures is the sustainability education team of the university's Teaching and Learning Directorate. I work with Prof. Stephen Sterling who is responsible for leading and supporting sustainability education at Plymouth. We provide pedagogic support and develop educational research in this area.

Qualifications

2004-2005 University of Sussex MSc Social Research Methods with International Relations and Politics (with Distinction)

1998–2001 University of Sussex BA (Hons) Philosophy and English (2:1)

Teaching interests

Current student supervision

  1. Work Based Learning student preparing an e-Sustainability Student Handbook
  2. MSc Holistic Science student dissertation around Buddhist-informed critical pedagogy
  3. Student Partnership Project: Campus Carbon Footprint Visualisation Project

Research interests

Education for sustainability, student learning in the community, community-university engagement, gender and the environment and Buddhism and the environment.

Other research

Member and coordinator of ESD Research Community

Blake, J. Missing links: gender and education for sustainable development. International Journal of Innovation and Sustainable Development, Vol. 2. Nos. 3/4. 2007. 414-432.

Blake, J. Sustainable communities and social work practice learning: reflections on emergent, learning partnerships. Journal of Practice Teaching in Health and Social Work, Vol.9. No.2. 2010. 93-114

Blake, J. and Sterling, S. Tensions and transitions: effecting change towards sustainability at a mainstream university through staff living and learning at an alternative, civil society college. Environmental Education Research, Vol.17, No. 1. 2011. 125-144

Blake, J. University of Plymouth Policy Background Paper, ‘Community Engagement: towards a sustainable future’. March 2010

Blake, J., Chalkley, B., Kagawa, F., and Selby, D., A Road Less Travelled: building a sustainability policy through consultation Link 19: Curriculum Development for Sustainability August 2007

Blake, J. Kagawa. F., and Sterling S., CSF Occasional Paper 3, ‘Getting it Together - Interdisciplinarity and Sustainability in the Higher Education Institution’ June 2009

Blake, J. Jones, P., Kagawa, F., Selby, D. CSF Discussion Paper for the Sustainable Procurement Working Group, ‘The Price of Sustainable Future: sustainable procurement at the University of Plymouth’. April 2008

Other academic activities

Conference Presentations:

Manchester Metropolitan University Discourse, Power, Resistance 6 'Talking Truth to Power' 25-27 March 2007 Presentation: 'The Missing Link; Ecofeminism, Masculinities and the Opportunities for Education for Sustainable Development'

University of Plymouth 5th VC's Teaching and Learning Conference 28 June 2007 Presentation: 'University of Plymouth Sustainability Policy: Enhancing Students' Learning through the Holistic '4C' Approach' with David Selby, Brian Chalkley and Fumiyo Kagawa

University of Bradford HEA Education for Sustainable Development Conference 10-11 July 2007 'Sustainability and the Curriculum: Progress and potential' Presentation: 'Pilgrims' progress: the slopes, peaks and sloughs of a sustainability policy consultation' with David Selby, Brian Chalkley and Fumiyo Kagawa University of Plymouth CETL Student Network Conference 16 June 2008 Presentation: 'Enhancing Community-University Partnerships through the Sustainable Communities Project'

University of Plymouth 6th VC's Teaching and Learning Conference 4 July 2008 Presentation: 'Students as a resource in developing sustainable communities' Co-presented with Andy Whiteford

University of Basel, Switzerland International Sustainable Development Conference 21-22 August 2008 Presentation: 'Tensions and transitions: effecting change towards sustainability at a mainstream university through staff living and learning at an alternative, civil society college'

University of Plymouth, Centre for Sustainable Futures All Our Futures: Education Waking to Threat, Hope and Possibility Conference 9-11 September 2008 Presentations:

  1. 'Tensions and transitions: effecting change towards sustainability at a mainstream university through staff living and learning at an alternative, civil society college'
  2. 'CSF Research' Co-presented with Paula Jones and Fumiyo Kagawa
  3. 'CSF Symposium' Co-presented with Paula Jones, Fumiyo Kagawa, David Selby, Stephen Sterling
University of Gloucestershire Soundings in Sustainability Literacy 21 November 2008 Contribution: Sustainable Communities and social work practice learning: Reflections on emergent, learning partnerships

University of Brighton Community University Partnership Programme (CUPP) Conference II 2-3 April 2009 Presentation: Sustainable Communities and social work practice learning: Reflections on emergent, learning partnerships with Louise Baxter, Mutley Greenbank Trust

University of Plymouth, Centre for Sustainable Futures All Our Futures II: getting real - investing in our future - by design 15-17 September 2009 Presentation: Designing research to support institutional change towards a sustainability university: critical reflections With Paula Jones and Fumiyo Kagawa

Additional information

2010-present    Co-Founder/Director of Horse Drawn Initiative

The creative partnership with artist and facilitator Nomi. Through Art and the Land: arts and education programme and Horse Drawn Development Services: socially-engaged farming and education for sustainability, Horse Drawn Initiative aims to create relationships with the natural world that are dynamic, embodied and elemental as a response to the challenges of 21st Century living.

Past projects include:
Feb 2011 Coombe Meadow Farm, Buckfastleigh
Coombe Meadow is a family-sized, bio-dynamic enterprise. Support given to the project involved developing a new business plan and resubmitting a second planning application.

Nov 2010 The Husbandry School, Bickington
The Husbandry School synthesises ancient, land-based traditions with modern techniques. Fundraising and project development support was provided.

Links

Enter Horse Drawn Initiative site