Charles University Environment Center, Czech Republic


The  Charles  University  Environment  Centre (CUEC) is an independent  institute  within Charles  University  in Prague which focuses on interdisciplinary cooperation  and research in the field of sustainable  development and ESD. CUEC seeks to bring about innovations into the educational  system and to promote systemic change at all levels. Innovative practices  include  

(i) the systemic  building  of open education  resources  and their use as part of our teaching/learning activities;  

(ii) cooperation  with a range of actors through  CUEC national projects; and,

(iii) the testing of new forms of transboundary scientific  work. Efforts to bring about systemic change in the educational  system include  involvement  in expert teams with both the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Environment.

CUEC has also been involved  in a number of international  EU-funded projects  over the years, and has recently been working  with a consortium  of Central  and Eastern  European universities,  as well some Western universities  with internationally recognised  expertise  in ESD in the hope of establishing  a strong alliance for spreading  and strengthening ESD capability  and capacity  in the most recently democratised part of Europe.

An important  part of the CUEC’s work is the support for different  communication processes:  either within the academic  community  (a Forum of University  teachers exists since 1993), and beyond (voluntary  work in the civic sector).  To open up space for a scientific  dialogue on the environmental and ESD themes, CUEC established  the peer reviewed  journal Envigogika  in 2006. Our products  include  several methodologies (4 methodological materials  for the incorporation of different  innovations  into teaching/learning certified  by Ministry of Environment), and preparation  of a special issue of the Journal  of Cleaner Production  called Learning for Sustainable  Development in Regional  Networks.  Our future plans include  cooperation  with Czech regions to develop  local knowledge  in the form of regional case studies and support for communication processes  between  a range of actors where an academic  institution  plays the role of a catalyser  of social learning processes  and analyses  their outcomes.


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Founding members

These institutions supported the foundation of the COPERNICUS Alliance in 2010 by donating an extra sponsorship: 

  • University of Graz, Austria
  • University of Music and Performing Arts Graz, Austria
  • University of Technology Graz, Austria
  • WU Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria
  • Aalborg University, Denmark
  • Leuphana University Luneburg, Germany
  • Open Universiteit in the Netherlands, The Netherlands
  • London South Bank University, UK
  • University of Gloucestershire, UK