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Dr John Blewitt

 

Work & Organisational Psychology Group

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 Co-Director of the MSc Social Responsibility and Sustainability at Aston where he is currently developing an online distance learning version of the course. He teaches Media Communications, Sustainability Theory and Practice for Engineers, the Sociology of Risk and Research Methods. He is a member of the IUCN Commission on Communication and Education, a founding member of the International Environmental Communication Association(IECA), a Distinguished Schumacher Fellow, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and of the Higher Education Academy.

Position: Senior Lecturer in Sustainability and Media Communications 
Tel: + 44 (0)121 204 4284
Mob: 07733 179 820
Email: j.d.blewitt@aston.ac.uk
Room: SW 8th floor, Room 007

  • 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
  • BHM328, Strategic Business Sustainability
  • BHM344, Communicating Sustainability
  • BHM345, Sustainability for Engineering
  • BHM359, Strategic Business Sustainability
  • BHM361, Communicating Sustainability
  • BHM375, Business, Ethics & Responsibility & Sustainability
  • LB2012, Environmental Policy
  • LY3010, Risk and Environment 
  

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 (Routledge-Earthscan) due to be published in 2014. He blogs on communication, sustainability and matters relating to the future of the public library. See his latest piece on The Conversation.

He is currently co-editing a Special Issue of the International Journal of Social Ecology and Sustainable Development. Please see Call for Papers: Smart, Sustainable and Just: higher education and the remaking of the right to the city.

  • Fellow, Distinguished Schumacher Institute.
  • Fellow, Higher Education Academy.
  • Fellow, Royal Society of Arts.
  • Member, International Association for Environmental Communication.
  • Commisioner, Communication and Education, International Union for Conservation of Nature.
  • Member, Media Ecology Association.
  • Member, Media, Communication and Cultural Studies Association.
  • 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
 

Books

Book Chapters

  • Blewitt, J. D. (2014). 'Digital Media and the Right to the City'. Atkinson, H. & Wade, R. (eds), in: The challenge of sustainability: linking politics, education and learning. Bristol: Policy Press.
  • Blewitt, J. D. (2014). 'Resilient and sustainable cities and communities for the 21st century. C Schmitz-Hoffmann, B Hansmann & D Palekhov (eds), in: Voluntary Standards Systems – A Contribution to Sustainable Development. Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Kluwer Academic Publishers.
  • Blewitt, J. D. (2014). ‘Sustainability’ In Knight,. R. Ed International Enclycopaedia of Social and Behavioural Sciences.2nd ed. Elsevier.
  • Blewitt, J. D. (2013). Contesting the market model of HE. The Sustainable University: Progress and prospects (pp. pp.16). Abingdon: Routledge. www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415627740/
  • Blewitt, J. D. (2013). Digital Media and the Right to the City. The challenge of sustainability: linking politics, education and learning. Bristol: Policy Press.
  • Blewitt, J. D. (2013). Resilient and sustainable cities and communities for the 21st century. Voluntary Standards Systems – A Contribution to Sustainable Development. Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers.
  • Blewitt, J. D. (in press). EfS : contesting the market model of higher education. The sustainable university (pp. 16). Abingdon. http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415627740/
  • Blewitt, J. D. (2012). Critical practice and the public pedagogy of environmental and conservation media. The media, animal conservation and environmental education (pp. 16). London. http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415522083/
  • Blewitt, J. D. (2012). Introduction: The Media, Animal Conservation and Environmental Education. The media, animal conservation and environmental education (pp. 196). London: Routledge. http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415522083/
  • Blewitt, J. D. (2012). Introduction: The Media, Animal Conservation and Environmental Education. The media, animal conservation and environmental education (pp. 8). London: Routledge. www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415522083/
  • Sullivan, S., Branston, G., Goodman, M., Lorimer, J., Igoe, J., Brockington, D., Blewitt, J. D., Rouxel, P. (2012). Studying green spectacular environmentalisms group. The media, animal conservation and environmental education (pp. 20). London. http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415522083/
  • Blewitt, J. D. (2011). Lifelong learning and environmental sustainability. Lifelong Learning and Social Justice: communities, work and identities. (pp. 18-40). Leicester: NIACE.
  • Blewitt, J. D., Wals, A. (2010). Third wave sustainability in higher education: some (inter) national trends and developments. Sustainability Education: Perspectives and Practice across Higher Education. (pp. pp. 55). London: Earthscan.
  • Blewitt, J. D. (2009). I like the floors. Sustainability in Practice From Local to Global: Making a Difference. London: Kingston University.
  • Blewitt, J. D. (2009). New media literacy: communication for sustainability. The Handbook of Sustainability Literacy. Totnes: Green Books.
  • Blewitt, J. D. (2008). Envisioning Sustainable Development. Cities in Film: Architecture, Urban Space and the Moving Image. Liverpool: University of Liverpool.
  • Blewitt, J. D. (2008). Picturing the lives of others. Community Empowerment and Sustainable Development (pp. 176-190). Totnes: Green Books.
  • Blewitt, J. D. (2005). Education for sustainable development, natural capital and sustainability. Learning, Natural Capital and Sustainable Development: options for an uncertain world. London: Routledge.
  • Blewitt, J. D. (2005). Problem based learning (PBL). Human Resource Development. London: Kogan Page.
  • Blewitt, J. D. (2004). Education for sustainability in the context of lifelong learning. The Sustainability Curriculum. London: Earthscan.
  • Blewitt, J. D. (2004). Introduction. The Sustainability Curriculum. London: Earthscan.
  • Blewitt, J. D. (2002). Leadership for sustainable development education. Professional Development and Institutional Needs. Aldershot: Ashgate.
  • Blewitt, J. D. (2002). Learning and sustainability. Learning to Last: Skills and Sustainability. London: LSDA.
  • Blewitt, J. D. (1991). Media education. Politics Across the Curriculum. London: Politics Association.

 Journal Articles

  • Cooper, S.M., Parkes, C.L. and Blewitt, J.D. (2014) Can Accreditation Help a Leopard Change its Spots? Social Accountability and stakeholder engagement in Business Schools. Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal, vol.27, no.2, pp.
  • Blewitt, J. forthcoming 2014) Public Libraries and the Post Democratic Society. Power and Education, Vol. , no. , pp.
  • Blewitt, J. (forthcoming 2014) Public Libraries and the Right to the [Smart] City. International Journal of Social Ecology and Sustainable Development, Vol.5, No.1
  • Blewitt, J. (2013) What's New Pussycat? A Genealogy of Animal Celebrity. Celebrity Studies, Vol.4, No.3 , pp.325-338
  • Blewitt, J. (2012) Reimagining the moral economy of the ‘people’s university’. Power and Education. Vol. 4, No.1, pp.107-117.
  • Blewitt, J. (2011) Critical Practice and the Public Pedagogy of Environmental and Conservation Media Environmental Education Research, Vol.17, No.6, pp.719-734.
  • Blewitt, J. D. (2012). The future of the public library: reimagining the moral economy of the 'people's university'. Power and Education, 4(1), 106-116.

  • Parkes, C. & Blewitt, J. (2011) “Ignorance was bliss, now I’m not ignorant and that is far more difficult” - Transdisciplinary Learning and Reflexivity in Responsible Management Education. Journal of Global Responsibility, Vol.2, No.2. pp.206-221
  • Blewitt, J. D. (2011). Introduction: media conservation and environmental education. Environmental Education Research, 17(6), 711-718.

  • Blewitt, J. (2010) The Green Campus is also a Virtual One: Living Sustainability in a Connected World. International Journal of Environment and Sustainable Development, Vol.9, No.4, pp.392-400.
  • Blewitt, J. (2010) New Worlds Rising? The View from Transdisciplinary Lifelong Learning. Policy Futures in Education, Vol.8, No.5. pp.605-607.
  • Blewitt, J. (2010) Higher Education for a Sustainable World. Education + Training, Vol.52, No.6/7, pp.477-488.
  • Blewitt, J. & Gambles, B. (2010) The Library of Birmingham Project: lifelong learning for the digital age. Journal of Adult Continuing Education, Vol.16, No.2, pp.52-66.
  • Blewitt, J. (2010) Deschooling Society? A Lifelong Learning Network for Sustainable Communities, Urban Regeneration and Environmental Technologies. Sustainability, 2, pp. 3465-3478.
  • Blewitt, J. D. (2007). Television for the environment: communicating for change. Development Education Journal, 13(2).
  • Blewitt, J. D. (2005). Education for sustainable development, governmentality and learning to last. Environmental Education Research, 11(2), 173-185.
  • Blewitt, J. D. (2005). ESD, natural capital and sustainability. Environmental Education Research, 11(1), 71-82.
  • Wilson, J. P., Blewitt, J. D. (2005). Reconfiguring higher education: the case of foundation degrees. Education + Training, 47(2), 112-123.
  • Blewitt, J. D. (2004). The Eden Project: Making a connection. Museum and Society, 2(3), 175-189.
  • Blewitt, J. D. (2002). New learning in the learning age. Development Education Journal, 8(2).
  • Blewitt, J. D. (1997). A neo formalist approach to film aesthetics and education. Journal of Aesthetic Education, 31(2), 91-96.
  • Blewitt, J. D. (1996). Film, adult learning and the Prussian Peacherino. Journal of Further and Higher Education, 20(3), 3-14.
  • Blewitt, J. D. (1995). Education at the crossroads. International Journal of Education Reform, 4(4), 442-449.
  • Blewitt, J. D. (1993). Film, ideology and Bourdieu's critique of public taste. British Journal of Aesthetics, 33(4), 367-372.

 Think Pieces

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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