Cathy d’Abreu

BA (Joint Hons) English and Drama, CELTA, DELE Superior, DELTA, MSc Education for Sustainability, SFHEA


Oxford Brookes Business School

Cathy d’Abreu


I module lead INFO3013 Global Issues and INFO3009 Intercultural Communication on the Foundation programme and PREM6005 Managing Yourself on the Pre-masters programme and teach on Environmentally Sustainable Business ESB5007.

I also lead the Future Pathways ESD Project, embedding sustainability into Pathways programmes and coordinate the ESD 'Learning Lunches' professional development series.

Teaching and supervision

Modules taught

  • Global Issues
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Managing Yourself
  • Environmentally Sustainable Business

I also enjoy developing and writing teaching materials. I have written a series of ELT course books and pedagogical guides for Younger Leaners of English, as well as teacher training materials for OUDCE Online Teaching Academy (OTA) teacher training courses for Oxford University.


Embedding sustainabiliy into HE teaching and learning.
I have an MSc in Education for Sustainability, which looks at the philosophy and psychology of learning and teaching and how this supports or undermines social and ecological sustainability.

My particular area of interest involves looking at how to embed sustainability in Higher Education and the barriers to doing so. This focuses on the role of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) pedagogy and transformative learning. 

I also work on digital innovations in assessment. 


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Professional information

Memberships of professional bodies

  • Chair, SEEd, Sustainability and Environmental Education
  • Senior Fellow of The Higher Education Academy, SFHEA
  • External Examiner, Kings College London Foundation Programme

Further details

I speak fluent Spanish