Dr Paul Warwick

Dr Paul Warwick

Associate Professor

Plymouth Institute of Education - School of Society and Culture (Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business)



Paul is the Centre for Sustainable Futures Lead at the University of Plymouth. He is responsible for supporting curriculum development, pedagogic change and participatory research relating to exploring the potential for sustainability education within Higher Education.

Paul has worked for twelve years within Higher Education taking a leading role in developing a variety of educational innovation and reform initiatives primarily concerned with Citizenship Education and Education for Sustainable Development (ESD).

In 2009 he was awarded a teaching fellowship for expertise and innovation in teaching related to the sustainability agenda at the University of Leicester.

He founded a masters level course specifically geared towards teacher education in ESD and as director of a MA International Education programme pioneered a pathway specifically tailored towards innovation and reform in education.


Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in HIgher Education (PGLTHE)
PhD Education and Active Citizenship Learning, Lancaster University
MSc Education for Sustainable Development, South Bank University
Postgraduate Certificate in Person Centred Counselling St Martin's College Lancaster
BA Hons Independent Studies - Educational Research Lancaster University

Roles on external bodies

Member of the Editorial Board for Educational Action Research 2012-Present
Member of Steering Group for Teacher Education for Equity and Sustainability Network (TEESnet) 2010- Present
Member of Executive Group for UN Regional Centre of Expertise for ESD Severn and South West 2015 - Present 
Member of the standing committee of CitizED, promoting citizenship education and teacher training 2004-2013.



Teaching interests

Specialist teaching areas include:

Education for Sustainable Development - sustainability pedagogies; teaching controversial issues; informal learning
Citizenship Education - Service Learning, Community Action, Student Voice
Pedagogic Research - Action research, qualitative methods and lesson study

Staff serving as external examiners

2013 - Present: Institute of Education, London
MA Development Education & Global Learning

2011 - 2015 Chichester University
BA Educational Studies Programme – Citizenship social justice specialism

2007 - 2011 Canterbury Christ Church University
PGCE Secondary Programme – Citizenship Education and Religious Studies



Research interests

My key interests are around pedagogic research, primarily in the following areas:

  • Sustainability Education - I am interested in researching experiential educational approaches that attempt to draw out from students the capacity to be 'critical creatives' able to collaboratively lead change towards sustainable futures.  
  • Citizenship Education and Social Inclusion - I am interested in exploring effective teacher education processes within Citizenship Education and educational strategies for social inclusion.  
  • Student Voice and Students as Partners - I have been involved in a number of research projects drawing from the insight, perspectives and concerns of students with regard to educational change.

Other research

I am a member of the PedRIO Steering Group
I currently chair the Sustainability Education Research Group

Grants & contracts

2016 - Present 'Learning for the Future: developing an interdisciplinary learning framework between the arts and sciences'. HEFCE Catalyst Fund Award of £50,000
2016 - Present 'Service Learning for sustainability: A feasibility study into the potential for a new learning opportunity in Plymouth. PedRIO PRTI Award of £8486
2015 - Present ‘What happens to the sustainably educated? A longitudinal study of Plymouth University undergraduates’ PedRIO funded (£9333.40)
2015 - 2016 ‘Implementing and evaluating a method of cooperative inquiry to embed ESD across Plymouth Institute of Education. PedRIO funded. (£9,000)
2015 - 2016 ‘More than scaling-up': sustainability contexts, competencies, and consequences - a critical inquiry’. PedRIO funded. (£8,500)
2014 - 2016 ESRC Seminar Series ‘Freedom to learn': an international cross-sector seminar series exploring socially just education and inequalities in education’ (£25,519)
2009 - 2012 EngagED: Building voice, civic action and learning Society for Educational Studies (£150,000)
2009 - 2011 Developing 21st century learning spaces in Higher Education University of Leicester (£9000)
2008 - 2009 Learning for Life – Character Education Research Project Canterbury Christ Church University (£4,000)
2007 - 2008 Developing Education for Sustainable Development in Higher Education. University of Leicester (HEFCE) (£10,000)
2006 - 2007 Global Citizenship - Investigating educational methodology for teaching controversial issues Department for International Development (Mundi Development Education Centre) (£12,000)
2005 - 2006 Building bridges to social inclusion in NE Manchester The Message Trust (£15,000)




Peer Reviewed Articles

Warwick, P. (2016) 'An integrated leadership model for leading education for sustainability in higher education and the vital role of students as change agents' Management in Education Vol 30, No. 3 2016 pp105-111

Warwick, P. (2016) 'Education for Sustainable Development: a movement towards pedagogies of civic compassion' Forum Vol 58, No.3 2016 pp 407- 414

Peterson, A. & Warwick, P. (2014) 'Service or service learning - a review of recent citizenship teaching and learning educational policies in England'. Citizenship Teaching and Learning Vol 9. Issue 3 September 2014

Wood, P., Warwick, P. & Cox, D. (2012) ‘Developing learning spaces in higher education: An evaluation of experimental spaces at the University of Leicester’ Learning and Teaching. Vol 5. No 2 Summer 2012 pp49-72

Warwick, P., Cremin, H., Harrison, T. & Mason, C. (2012) ‘The complex ecology of young people’s community engagement and the call for civic pedagogues’ Journal of Social Science Education. Vol 11. No 3 pp64-83 

Mason, C., Cremin, H., Harrison, T. & Warwick, P. (2011) ‘Learning to (Dis)engage?: The Socialising experiences of young people living in areas of socio-economic disadvantage’. British Journal of Educational Studies. Vol. 59 Issue 4 2011 pp 421-437 

Warwick, P. (2008) Apathetic or misunderstood: hearing young people's voices within Citizenship Education. Education Action Research Journal, Vol16,No.3 2008. 

Cremin, H. & Warwick, P. (2008) Multiculturalism is dead: long live community cohesion? A case study of an educational methodology to empower young people as global citizens. Research in comparative and international education. Vol.3. No. 1 2008 

Warwick, P. (2007) Hearing pupils’ voices: revealing the need for Citizenship Education within primary schools. Education 3 to 13, Volume 35 Issue 3, 263.


Peterson, A. & Warwick, P. (2015) Global Learning and Education. Oxon: Routledge.


Sterling, S., Warwick, P. and Wyness, L. (2015) ‘Understanding approaches to ESD research on teaching and learning in Higher Education’ in Rieckmann, M. (et al) Handbook of Higher Education for Sustainable Development, Abingdon: Routledge.

Warwick, P. & Cremin, H. (2015) ‘Developing skills of enquiry’ in Gearon, L. (Ed) (2015) Learning to Teach Citizenship in the Secondary School (3rd Edition) Oxon: Taylor and Francis.

Warwick, P. (2011) ‘Climate change and sustainable citizenship education’ in Arthur, J. & Cremin, H. (Es) (2011) Debates in citizenship education. London: Routledge 

Warwick, P. (2011) ‘Alternative Education’ in Arthur, J. & Peterson, A. (Eds) (2011) Routledge Companion to Education. London: Routledge. 

Warwick, P. & Cremin, H. (2009) Developing skills of enquiry. In L. Gearon (ed.) Learning to teach Citizenship in the Secondary School: 2nd Edition. London: RoutledgeFalmer

Cremin, H. & Warwick, P. (2006) 'Mapping subject knowledge'. in L. Gearon (Ed.) (2006) Teaching Citizenship in the secondary school: A practical guide. London: RoutledgeFalmer


Warwick, P. (2006) Building bridges to inclusion in North East Manchester, Manchester: The Message Trust

Other Publications

Warwick, P. (Ed) (2015) Sustainable Education in Motion: Marking Ten Years of the Centre for Sustainable Futures. PedRIO Plymouth University.

Warwick, P. & Warwick, A. (2015) ‘Sustainability education in the early years’. Early Education Journal, 76 Summer 2015, p6-8

Warwick, P., Wyness, L. & Conway, H. (2015) ‘Interdisciplinary approaches to sustainability education – learning from student voice.’ in Wyness, L. (Ed) (2015) PedRIO Paper 8 Education for Sustainable Development Pedagogy. p41-43

Belgeonne, C., Clough, N., Inman, S., Rogers, M & Warwick,P. (2014) Education for sustainable development and global citizenship: good practice case studies in teacher education. York: Higher Education Academy.

Cremin, H., Harrison, T., Mason, C. & Warwick, P. (2011) Engaging Practice: Engaging young citizens from disadvantaged communities. A good practice guide. (Research report) 

Warwick, P. (2008) Talking through global issues: A dialogue based approach to CE and its potential contribution to community cohesion. Citized Commissioned Paper (Available on http://www.citized.info/pdf/commarticles/Paul%20Warwick%20%20paper%20from%20Cathie%20Holden.doc) 

Andreotti, V & Warwick, P. (2007) Engaging students with controversial issues through a dialogue based approach. Citized Commissioned Paper. (Available on http://www.citized.info/pdf/commarticles/Post-16%20Paul%20Warwick.doc)



Conferences organised

In 2015 I organised the first in a new conference series on Education for Sustainability in Higher Education – Achievements and Prospects Conference, University of Plymouth, UK. 8 January.