Dr John Blewitt


Work & Organisational Psychology Department

John Blewitt

John Blewitt studied Politics, History and Sociology at UCW Aberystwyth; Film and Television at the Polytechnic of Central London and Education at the Universities of Greenwich and Huddersfield. He has extensive experience of Adult, Further, International and Higher Education and has worked at the universities of Huddersfield, Bradford and Exeter. 

He is presently Director of the MSc Social Responsibility and Sustainability at Aston where he has developed an online distance learning version of the course. He teaches Masters level modules on Communicating Sustainability, Sustainability Science and Technology and Research Methods; and final year UG module Contemporary Issues in Human Resource Managment. 

He is a prolific author as well as being a Distinguished Schumacher Fellow, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Chair of RCE Severn, and a core member of the think tank, Green House.

Position: Senior Lecturer in Sustainability and Media Communications 
Tel: + 44 (0)121 204 4284
Email: j.d.blewitt@aston.ac.uk
Room: SW 9th floor, Room 920B

  • MEd, Huddersfield University, 1992.
  • MA, Polytechnic of Central London, 1988. Subject: Film/TV Studies
  • CertEd, Garnett College - CNAA, 1985.
  • Ph D, University of Wales, 1983.
  • BSc, University of Wales, 1976. Subject: Politics and History 
  • Senior Lecturer, Sustainability and Communication, Aston Business School. (April 2009 - Present)
  • Director of Lifelong Learning, Associate Dean (UG Faculty), Co-, University of Exeter. (2003 - 2009)
  • Undergraduate Course Chair, School of Lifelong Education and Development, University of Bradford. (2001 - 2003)
  • Senior Lecturer in Education, University of Huddersfield. (2000 - 2001)
  • BH3303, Contemporary Issues in Human Resource Management
  • BH3392, Learning, Training and Development in Organisations
  • BHM328, Strategic Business Sustainability
  • BHM344, Communicating Sustainability
  • BHM345, Sustainability for Engineering
  • BHM367, Sustainability, Science and Technology
  • BHM359, Strategic Business Sustainability
  • BHM361, Communicating Sustainability
  • BHM375, Business, Ethics & Responsibility & Sustainability
  • BUP100, Undergraduate Placement Assessment
  • LB2012, Environmental Policy
  • LY3010, Risk and Environment
  • MSCDISS, MSc Dissertation
  • BDM127, MSc Research Methods/Dissertation Project (DL)

His research interests are in the areas of urban sustainable design, new media affordances and sustainability communications particularly environmental and political documentary film. In 2011 he edited a Special Issue of Environmental Education Research(Vol.17, No.6) on the media, animal conservation and environmental education. He has also been a member of the Spectacular Environmentalisms Group which undertook an event ethnography of the 2010 Wildscreen International Environmental and Wildlife Film Festival. Their collective responses to the award winning film Green can be found on: http://studyinggreen.wordpress.com/ . He is currently exploring the relationship between new media, cultural heritage and urban sustainability and is working closely with staff developing the new Library of Birmingham, The Royal Society of Arts and Be Birmingham.

He is also a Library of Birmingham 'Face' and is currently exploring the redesign and reimagining of public library spaces as catalysts for local democracy, social inlcusion and economic well-being. He has given a number of public talks on this subject including oner at the Flemish Ministry of Education conference on Media and Learning called Digital Media and the Right to the City.

As editor for The Converging World book series John is also interested in educationally innovative work that embraces social and environmental justice, new media and community based action. He is currently working on a second edition of his best selling textbook Understanding Sustainable Development, 3rd edition (Routledge, 2017) . He blogs on communication, sustainability and the future of work in a post growth environment. See his latest piece on The Conversation.

He has recently edited a Special Issue titled Smart, Sustainable and Just: higher education and the right to the city for the International Journal of Social Ecology and Sustainable Development.  He has also recently co-edited Green House's first book titled The Post-Growth Project (2014)

  • Fellow, Distinguished Schumacher Institute.
  • Fellow, Higher Education Academy.
  • Fellow, Royal Society of Arts.
  • Commisioner, Communication and Education, International Union for Conservation of Nature.
  • Member, Green House
  • Editor, Guest, Education Sciences (2014 - 2015)
  • Editor, Guest, International Journal of Social Ecology and Sustainable Development. (2013)
  • Editor, Guest, Environmental Education Research. (2011)
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, Comparative Education Review,
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, Earthscan, Environmental Education Research.
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, Environmental Education Research.
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, International Journal of Lifelong Education.
  • Editor, Associate Editor, International Journal of the World Universities Forum.
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, John Wiley.
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, Journal of Environmental Policy and Politics.
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, Journal of Global Responsibility,
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, Museum and Society,
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, Pearson Education.
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, Routledge.
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, Sustainability.
  • Series Editor, The Converging World - Schumacher Institute.
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, United Nations Universities Press


Administrative Roles and Responsibilities

  • PG Course Convener for WOP Management Group, University. (2014 - Present)
  • Course Director, Department. (September 1, 2013 - Present)
  • Co-Director, MSc Social Responsibility and Sustainability, School. (September 2011 - Present)
  • ABS Energy Champion.
  • Aston University Relationship Manager: Library of Birmingham Project, University.
  • Chair, Aston University Academic Assembly, University.
  • Convenor, Sustainability Aston Academic Working Sub-Group, University.
  • Member, Sustainability Aston Working Group, University.
  • Member, University E-learning Working Group, University.

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