Heila Lotz-Sisitka (Rhodes University, South Africa)

heila Heila Lotz-Sisitka is a distinguished professor in the Environmental Learning Research Centre in the Faculty of Education at Rhodes University, where she holds a South African National Research Foundation Chair in Transformative Social Learning and Green Skills Learning Pathways. The Chair’s work focuses on ways by which transformative learning and green skills learning pathways can strengthen people’s participation in securing more socially just and sustainable forms of life and living. It foregrounds collective agency for transformative change in society. Professor Lotz-Sisitka has a background in critical research methodologies and a long standing commitment to furthering and extending participation in education. Her research interests include critical research methodologies, transformative social learning, educational system transformation, sustainability and social justice education, and people’s participation in transformative education and learning processes.

Heila Lotz-Sisitka holds a PhD in Education (Environmental Education). She has been Editor-in-Chief of the “Southern African Journal of Environmental Education” for 13 years (2003-2016) and is currently co-editor of the “Learning, Culture and Social Interaction Journal”. She edited the books “Schooling for Sustainable Development in Africa” and “Environmental Education, Ethics and Action in Southern Africa: An EEASA Monograph”. She is author of many chapters and peer reviewed several journal papers.