Sarah Chave

Discipline: Education
Research Centre/Unit: Centre for Research in Professional Learning

Project Summary

The current working title for my thesis is Spaces of appearance, Emergence and Response-ablity: Insights and Actions for Sustainable Education.

This research argues how challenges to Enlightenment conceptions of education can open up the possibility of non-teleological spaces in which students can respond, explore with radically different others, contribute to the emergence of the new and decide what it is to be a human subject who acts in the world. The research argues that students need such spaces in order to develop the response-ability and potentia which Education for Sustainable Futures asks of them.


Supervisory Team


Dr Deborah Osberg, Senior Lecturer and Director of Professional Doctoral Studies, College of Social Sciences and International Studies, University of Exeter.

Formerly part of supervisory team

Dr Alun Morgan, Lecturer, School of Education, University of Plymouth


Wider Research Interests

Professional development of vocational teachers

Professional development of human resource and training managers and practitioners

Heterodox economics

Equality and diversity


Authored Publications/Reports

Chave, S. (December 2014) Toward temporal conceptions of education as sustainability: Contributions from complexity and process thought , chapter 22 in Transformative Approaches to Sustainable Development at Universities Working Across Disciplines, Editor Walter Leal Filho

Chave, S. (March 2013) , From stuff to potentiality: Adventures in Complexity and Epistemology , Poster presented at Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain Annual Conference, New College, Oxford Oxford

Chave, S. (April 2010) Education and Sustainability in schools and NGOs , paper presented at Comenius funded in-service training , Istanbul

Chave, S. (September 2010) Inclusion as a ‘doorway’ to sustainable development – rhetoric or reality?, paper presented at BAICE International Conference , University of East Anglia

Chave, S. (May 2012) Reconceptualising ‘economic man’ in an age of uncertainty , paper presented at College of Social Sciences and International Studies Annual Postgraduate Research Conference, University of Exeter

Chave, S. (May 2011) Education for Unknown Sustainable Futures: Contributions from Complexity Theory, paper presented at University of Exeter Graduate School of Education Postgraduate Conference

Chave, S. (September 2002) Totalisation, Infinition and Diversity , paper presented at student symposium of British Education Research, Association (BERA) annual conference

Chave, S. (June 2003) Bridging the gap between level three and postgraduate professional study, Round table paper presented at CIPD annual tutors conference

Chave, S. (November 2011) Beyond Key Performance Indicators: Ideas from analytical and continental philosophy, paper presented at South West Learning for Sustainability seminar