Graduate Education on Climate Change and Sustainable Development in Mexico

Piña-Romero, S., Nava, L.F. ORCID:, & Gallardo-Cruz, J.A. (2020). Graduate Education on Climate Change and Sustainable Development in Mexico. In: The Palgrave Handbook of Climate Resilient Societies. Eds. Brears, R., pp. 1-28 Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 978-3-030-32811-5 10.1007/978-3-030-32811-5_60-1.

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Graduate education (GE) on climate change (CC) and sustainable development (SD) is one of the most pressing issues that we need to face. The current environmental crisis and the emerging socio-political and economic stressing events call for new strategies and policies to secure our planet. Here we argue that GE represents one of the most lasting, effective, and comprehensive measures to foster adaptation to face the challenges imposed by all kind of CC manifestations. In Mexico, GE on CC and SD could serve as a means for ensuring the achievement of national development objectives and international commitments. In this context, our study aims to analyze the offer and content related to CC and SD in GE in Mexico. To achieve this, a search and selection of Mexican graduate programs related to SD and CC was conducted. Then, two methods of content analysis were used to analyze curricular content of these programs: a word frequency analysis and a cluster analysis. This study offers a first approach to understand the problematic situation of education in Mexico as a lever to enjoying better living contexts; however, it also represents an opportunity to highlight and open a discussion on the threats that CC imposes and the need to train human resources as experts in CC able to search, elaborate, and coordinate adaptation measures to solve development issues on an ad hoc basis. Our results also suggest that there are very few programs targeting CC, and consequently not enough experts being trained in Mexico.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Adaptation; Education; Graduated programs; Human resources; Institution building; Mexico; Public policy; Political will; Responsibility; Society
Research Programs: Water (WAT)
Depositing User: Luke Kirwan
Date Deposited: 04 Aug 2020 13:35
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2021 17:33

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