Professor Daniella Tilbury, Director of Sustainability at the University of Gloucestershire has just returned from the official launch of her new book which took place at the United Nations Headquarters in Nairobi on the 27th November. The book entitled Searching for Resilience in Sustainable Development: Learning Journeys, is published by Routledge and co-authored with Dr John Blewitt, a colleague from Aston University.

The launch was chaired by Mahesh Pradhan – Director of UNEP’s Global Universities Partnerships for Sustainability and opened by Dr Elizabeth Mrema – Director, Division of Environmental Policy Implementation, UNEP Nairobi. The event was formal yet colourful event with Masai dancers, traditional African celebrations and valuable endorsements from the UN agencies including Prof Kazuhiko Takemoto – Director of ESD, Institute of Advanced Studies, United Nations University Tokyo.

Almost 200 people attended the event which included delegates from Europe, Asia-Pacific, North and Latin America, Oceania and Africa. The launch coincided with the International Conference of the Regional Centres of Expertise (RCEs) in Education for Sustainable Development also held in Nairobi.

This new publication charts the international processes as well as grounded practices that seek to build resilience in our communities and create more sustainable futures. The subject is explored through wide- ranging interviews with opinion leaders from around the world, documenting emerging trends, shifting tactics and future pathways for conservation and sustainable development post Rio+20. Most chapters are underpinned by reflections on change leadership and education.

Achim Steiner, Executive Director, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), also praised the work, saying: “This book is timely and exemplifies the very strong commitment that we in UNEP have to the world of Universities, both as research centres and intellectual drivers of our sustainable development paradigm, and as centres of training for professionals who will enable us in the future to help societies in making this transition.”

About the University of Gloucestershire

The University of Gloucestershire gained official university status in 2001 but has existed as an educational establishment for nearly 200 years. Our heritage lies in the Mechanics Institutes of the 1830s, with our Francis Close Hall campus founded in 1847 as the Cheltenham Training College.

Today, we have three thriving campuses, Francis Close Hall and The Park in Cheltenham, and Oxstalls in Gloucester, which are occupied by approximately 10,000 students. In 2010, the University invested £5 million in teaching facilities including a new, state-of-the-art media and art and design studios.

The University is celebrated for its consistent and outstanding performance in sustainability as recognised by external assessments such as the Green League and Green Gown Awards in the UK.

The University of Gloucestershire delivers approximately 100 undergraduate course choices including accounting, law, business and management, fine art, TV production, humanities, leisure and tourism, social work and education plus and a diverse range of postgraduate and research degrees, and professional courses. For more information visit

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