The research chair for environmental education and sustainable development UQAR

The Université du Québec à Rimouski is setting up a research chair in environmental education and sustainable development thanks to the financial support of Desjardins. Led by educationalist Geneviève Therriault, the new chair will encourage a collaborative research approach with the school community.


the Holder of the Research Chair in Environmental Education and Sustainable Development UQAR – Desjardins, Professor Geneviève Therriault, surrounded by the representative of Desjardins, Renaud Audet and the rector of the UQAR, François Deschênes.
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The UQAR – Desjardins Research Chair in Environmental Education and Sustainable Development aims to enrich knowledge, develop skills and empower young people to act on environmental issues. In addition, the work of the chair will allow to develop original and relevant educational activities in partnership with teachers in schools in the area.

The rector says that the UQAR’s expertise in educational issues related to the environment and sustainable development is increasingly being recognized Francois Deschenes. “This new partnership will allow the university to contribute even more to the development of the regions and of Quebec. Young people are particularly aware of the importance of the environment and, thanks to the work of the chair, can actively participate in future-oriented initiatives at the educational level. »

Desjardin’s financial support for this chair is part of his desire to promote actions that promote sustainable development. “Desjardins has been a partner of UQAR for years. Our commitment to the establishment of the Chair of Environmental Education and Sustainable Development is a further step to educate the generations of tomorrow in the preservation of our planet and the development of a critical and reflective eco-citizenship”, mentions the representative of Desjardins, Renaud Audet.

The work of the chair will focus, among other things, on the investigation of specific problems of environmental education and sustainable development. “We are particularly interested in local issues and the promotion of the latest theoretical approaches and methods in research. Our actions also aim to study the impact of educational interventions on young people in primary and secondary education,” explains Professor Therriault. It should be emphasized that the chair will support the professional development of teachers in dealing with environmental issues and sustainable development in schools.

Desjardins is providing more than $540,000 over five years to carry out the chair’s work. The UQAR Foundation manages the funds. Several scientists as well as students, graduates and postgraduates of educational sciences as well as the humanities and natural sciences will be involved in the work of the chair.

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