Cathy d’Abreu

SFHEA, MSc Education for Sustainability (EfS), DELTA, DELE superior, BA (Joint Hons) English & Drama

Senior Lecturer, Education for Sustainability

Oxford Brookes Business School

Cathy d’Abreu


I module lead INFO3013 Global Issues and INFO3009 Culture & Communication on Pathways and PREM6005 Managing Yourself on the Pre-Masters programme. I teach and lecture on Environmentally Sustainable Business BMGT5007.

I also lead the Future Pathways ESD Project and curate the ESD 'Learning Lunches' professional development series. 

The core focus of my role is embedding education for sustainability pedagogy and practice into Higher Education. 

Teaching and supervision


Modules taught

  • INFO3013 Global Issues
  • INFO3009 Culture and Communication
  • INFO3029 Critical Thinking & Problem Based Learning
  • PREM6005 Managing Yourself
  • BMGT5007 Environmentally Sustainable Business
  • MOFL5001 Professional Communication

I also develop and write 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. 


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

Education for Sustainability looks at the philosophy and psychology of learning and teaching and how this supports or undermines social and ecological sustainability across and beyond disciplines.

I also work on digital innovations in assessment for ESD.

Projects as Co-investigator

  • Collaborative Community for Sustainability Mindset Education (led by Université de Neuchâtel)(01/10/2023 - 30/09/2025), funded by: Movetia, funding amount received by Brookes: £8,759, funded by: Movetia


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Professional information

Memberships of professional bodies

  • Chair SEEd, Sustainability and Environmental Education
  • EAUC: Sustainability Senior Leadership Alumni 2021
  • Advance HE: SFHEA mentor
  • UN UK&I PRME, Principles of Responsible Management Education: Sustainability Mindset 
  • working group, LEAP member
  • BALEAP, British Association of Lecturers for English for Academic Purposes: BALEAP PIM  'EAP for a more Sustainable World' Organising Committee 2023
  • Our Shared World: SEEd co-chairs this coalition
  • Wellington Festival of Education, Sustainability Strand: Organising Committee with Wellington College and WWF
  • I have completed courses in Carbon Literacy, the Sustainability Mindset Principles (SMP) and Values 101 with The Common Cause Foundation.


  • d'Abreu, C. (2022) ‘Moving from Safe to Brave Spaces’ University of Glasgow, Centre for Educational Development and Innovation Sustainability in Teaching and Learning seminar series, Advance HE Connect.
  • d’Abreu, C. (2021) ‘Creative coursework: student-centred learning’, Digital pedagogies and innovative teaching, Brookes Learning and Teaching Exhibition and Conference (BTLEC), The art of the possible: reimagining learning and teaching in Covid shaped times. Accessed on 08/08/2021)
  • d’Abreu, C. and Nukui, C. (2021) ‘Pedagogies of purpose: education for a better future’.
  • Inform Conference, Student Support and Experience: In and outside the Classroom, University of Reading.


I mentor and lead transformative ESD learning sessions for SEEd's Sustainability Leadership Changemakers course and contribute widely to their consultancy work.

Further details

I am Chair of SEEd, a charitable organisation working to embed sustainability at all levels of education. SEEd is a key partner in UNESCO’s Global Action Plan and Co-chairs the coalition Our Shared World.