HFES Sustainability Taskforce Webinar: How Educational Programs Must Adapt to Address Sustainability
Humanity is facing multiple crises of its own making including the climate crisis, biodiversity loss, land degradation, and widespread social inequality. In this webinar we will discuss the core skills and core content that needs to be included in HFE curricula to prepare our future (and current) HFE practitioners to address the multiple crises referred to collectively as “sustainability”. In this webinar, Prof. Pereira from the Global Change Institute and the Stockholm Resilience Center will engage in a dialogue with Prof. Andrew Thatcher from the International Ergonomics Association's Future of Work Task Force about what needs to go into the curricula of HFE programs to prepare students for the challenges presented by sustainability and climate change.
Prof. Andrew Thatcher (Moderator)
Chair of Industrial/Organisational Psychology
University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
Professor Andrew Thatcher is Chair of Industrial/Organisational Psychology at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. He is the Chair of the HFES Social Impact Committee and a member of the HFE and sustainability Task Force of the HFES. He is Chair of the IEA’s Future of Work Task Force and an Editor of the journal ‘Ergonomics’. Hs area of research interest is HFE and sustainability, green ergonomics, and sustainable work systems.
Prof. Laura Pereira
Exxaro Research Chair
Global Change Institute at the University of the Witwatersrand
Laura Pereira is the Exxaro Research Chair at the Global Change Institute at the University of the Witwatersrand and a researcher at the Stockholm Resilience Centre. Laura is an interdisciplinary sustainability scientist, having been trained in ecology, law, zoology and human geography. She completed her DPhil in Geography at Oxford University in 2012, before undertaking post-doctoral fellowships in sustainability science at Harvard’s Kennedy School and under the Bioeconomy chair at the University of Cape Town. She has subsequently worked at Stellenbosch University, City University of London, and Utrecht University. She is interested in the interface between traditional knowledge and innovation, the role of futures techniques in enabling transformative change and developing innovative methods for knowledge co-production in Global South contexts. Laura was nominated to sit on the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) Task Force on scenarios and models and was previously a member of their expert group. She is also member of the FACCE-JPI Scientific Advisory Board and sits on the Advisory Committee of the MACSUR Science-Policy Knowledge Hub. She was one of the Chapter Lead Authors of the Africa Chapter for the IPBES Africa Regional Assessment and a Co-ordinating Lead Author for UN Environment’s GEO-6 report. She is also a member of the Earth Commission’s Working Group 4 on Transformations.