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Gordon Wilson

Project coordinator and Professor in Environment and Development at the Open University.

Previously he was Director of inter-faculty curriculum in Environment, Development and International Studies, covering three undergraduate and three taught Masters' degrees. He has also chaired several OU courses in environment and development from undergraduate to postgraduate levels. His research interests concern the roles of stakeholders in collective knowledge construction in development practice, especially where there is an environmental dimension. He has undertaken research in Zimbabwe, Uganda and Algeria. He has published extensively in academic journals and as author of book chapters.

Most recently he was senior editor of 'Environment, development and sustainability: perspectives and cases from around the world' (Oxford University Press) and co-author of 'Learning for Development' (Zed Books).

Dina Abbott

University reader in Development Geography at the University of Derby with responsibility for teaching on undergraduate and postgraduate Geography, Development Studies programmes. Joint Head of Research Physical and Human Environments Research Group, University of Derby. Associate Lecturer, The Open University, UK.

Consultant and moderator on several occasions for the Open University, distance and virtual learning activities.

Author several journal and book articles on research methodology, fieldwork, urban and gendered poverty African and Indian context.

Editorial Board on-line 'African Journal of Environmental Science and Technology'.

Rosa Maria Martin Aranda

(April 23th, 1964) is Vice-Dean of Environmental Sciences at (UNED), Permanent Professor (Department of Inorganic Chemistry and Technical Chemistry) and Counsulting Professor at Science and Technology University of Hong Kong since 2004. M.S Organic Chemistry (1988) and Ph.D Inorganic Chemistry (1992) at Autonoma Univ. (Madrid). Socrates Program Coorodinator (2004-2013) with Univ. Nova of Lisbon (Portugal), Adam Mickiewicz of Poznan (Poland), Charles University of Prague (Czech Republic), Rurh-Universitat Bochum (Germany) and Piere Marie Curie, Paris (France).
Research areas Green Chemistry and heterogeneous catalysis.

Patrick Willems

Associate Professor in water engineering at K.U.Leuven (dept. of Civil Engineeing, and Leuven Sustainable Earth research centre). He is author of more than 200 publications, about 45 in peer-reviewed international journals. He is (co-)promoter of 12 PhD researchers, many of them focussing on climate change impact estimations on hydrological extremes (floods, droughts and extreme surface water pollution levels, in and outside Europe). He has extensive experience in Masters, PhD and postacademic training on the same topic. He is currently chairman of the International Working Group on Urban Rainfall of the International Water Association.

Helmut Breitmeier

Professor at the Institute for Political Science (Dept. of International Politics), Distance University Hagen, Germany. He is author of various books and articles on global governance, global environmental regimes, and climate change and he is reviewer for various international journals. His main research interest is directed on the analysis of politics in international and transnational institutions. The special focus of research refers to new modes of governance in global environmental politics and, more specifically, to climate change. The International Regimes Database (IRD) has been developed by Helmut Breitmeier as the head of the department together with other colleagues for exploring the outputs, outcomes and impacts of environmental regimes. The interdisciplinary distance learning study program on environmental studies - infernum - broadens the chair's work in research and teaching. Professor Dr. Helmut Breitmeier is one of the two scientific directors of this innovative advanced study program. Recent book publications in English are "Analyzing International Environmental Regimes: From Case Study to Database". The MIT Press 2006 (together with Oran R. Young and Michael Zurn) and "The Legitimacy of International Regimes", Ashgate 2008.

Daniel Otto

is Research Associate and Lecturer for the Professorship for International Politics at the FernUniversitat in Hagen. He is co-coordinator for the project "The Lived Experience of Climate Change: Interdisciplinary E-Module Development and Virtual Mobility". His main research is focused on climate politics, expert knowledge in international negotiations and theories of international relations. In his doctoral dissertation he analyses the role of expert knowledge in international climate negotiations.

Dr C.A. (Kees-Jan) van Dorp

is Research Director at the European Association of Distance Teaching Universities (EADTU). Van Dorp has years of expertise and experience in management of European (and U.S. funded) projects and programmes in the area of:

i) Course mobility, virtual student and staff mobility;
ii) Employability, placements and entrepreneurship;
iii) Open and accessible educations resources
iv) Platforms and taskforces of the sort.

Van Dorp acts as (research) advisory for EADTU's executive committee, general board, rectors' conference, and associations' conference. Van Dorp has written more than 70 national and international publications, is expertee for applied research projects and tenders, conference addresses, chairing, peer reviewing and presentations on European and global platforms. Van Dorp has not only managed, or participated in, various European funded projects such as those in FP6, Socrates Minerva, Erasmus, Leonardo da Vinci, KA4 Multilateral, Jean Monet, but also many nationally funded (public-private) initiatives.

Lieve Dams

is consultant for K.U.Leuven - AVNet (dept. Lifelong Learning) on a part-time basis. It is her passion to build bridges between people and to stimulate communications.
She supported a course on mediation in family conflicts and initiated a course on mediation in social conflicts. At this moment she coordinated a pilot 'Levenslang leren voor het leefmilieu' (Lifelong learning for the environment). This pilot presents a limited selection of courses in different curricula at the K.U.Leuven with clear opportunities to register with a credit contract. The offer is promoted ( to those who want (further) training in some aspect of sustainable development: partly to a broad audience, partly to specialists.

Joop de Kraker

(1965, NL) was trained as an applied ecologist at Wageningen University (MSc, 1989), and in 1996 he obtained his PhD in agricultural and environmental sciences from the same university. After graduation, he has worked for more than 10 years on a wide range of international educational and research projects in the field of sustainable agriculture in Africa, Asia and Europe. Since 2001, he works at the School of Science of the Open University of the Netherlands, currently as research coordinator and associate professor in environmental sciences. His research interests focus on the interface between science, policy and society in sustainability issues, in particular on the role of learning at this interface and the potential of ICT to support collective learning processes and competence development. Expertise relevant to LECH-e includes development of interdisciplinary distance teaching modules on sustainable development and global change, supervision of Master- thesis research on perception of climate change, and participation in various European projects on virtual mobility.

Carolien Kroeze

is a professor in Environmental Outlook Studies, and has a PhD degree in environmental sciences from the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. She is currently working at Wageningen University, in the Environmental Systems Analysis Group, and at the Open Universiteit of The Netherlands.

Catharien Terwisscha van Scheltinga

works as a researcher and lecturer on water management, adaptation to climate change and capacity development. She is involved in projects worldwide, among others in the HighNoon project in India and an initiative for capacity development for adaptation to climate change in Eastern Africa. She has developed teaching materials on adaptive water management.

Prof.dr. F. (Paquita) Perez Salgado

Professor and Dean of the School of Science of the Open Universiteit Nederland (OUNL) in the Netherlands. She is responsible for the education and research in the faculty.
She holds a professorship in distance learning in natural and environmental sciences. Ten year experience in quality assurance of innovative learning in natural sciences and sustainable development. Currently specializing in the environmental impact of educational systems.
The bachelor programme "Environmental Sciences" (BSc.) obtained as the only one in the Netherlands an "excellent" for the materials and virtual learning environment.
Vice-chair of the National Committee for Environmental Sciences of he Association of Universities in the Netherlands. Focus: external quality assurance and curriculum development.

António Teixeira

(February 7th, 1965, Lisbon) is a Professor at Universidade Aberta, the Portuguese Open University (Department of Education and Distance learning) since 1991, and a member of the Executive Committee of EDEN (European Distance Education Network).
Previously, he was Pro-rector for innovation in Distance Learning at Universidade Aberta. In that capacity, conceived the strategy and managed the university’s transition process from a print-based distance learning institution to a fully online learning one. He was also responsible for the design and initial implementation of the university’s research lab on distance education (LEaD) and the university’s open scientific repository.
Received his training in Philosophy at the University of Lisbon (MPhil - 1994, PhD - 2003), where is a researcher at the Philosophy Centre. Afterwards, received training in online education at the University of Turku. He’s a member of the scientific board of a number of international journals (European Journal on Online and Distance Learning -Eurodl, Revista de Universidad y Sociedad del Conocimiento - RUSC, Revista de Enseñanza y Learning, Co-Learn, and Formamente – International Research Journal on Digital Future) and has coordinated the organization of several major international conferences in the field. Additionally, he’s a member of the e-ASEM network (Asia-Europe Meeting) and of the Expert’s Board of the Horizon Report for Iberoamerica. He was also a visiting professor at the Korea National Open University. Over the years, has worked in many European and U.S.-funded research projects and has also collaborated in several task forces both in EADTU and the Portuguese Rectors Council on open educational resources, open access, lifelong learning, virtual mobility and sustainable development. He has been directing master and doctoral research on ethics, aesthetics and education.

Marie Lacy

Has worked at the Open University since 1981 in a number of different areas within the Technology Faculty, in numerous secretarial roles including Recruitment coordinator, Budgetary Control Assistant, and Marketing within the Deanery.

Since 1999 she has worked with Professor Gordon Wilson in Development Policy and Practice and more recently since 2007 in the newly merged Mathematics, Computing and Technology Faculty, providing secretarial support for 14 courses and their variants (overseas’ versions) under the EDIS (Environment, Development and International Studies) Programme. In addition to providing Professo r Wilson with secretarial support, she also supports two course managers and one Award Manager, her role involves arranging Staff Development Events, Degree Celebrations (Ugandan cohort) Conferences and Workshops. Most recently she has been the project coordinator for the newly co-published book ‘Environment, Development, and Sustainability: perspectives and cases from around the world’ liaising with authors from overseas’, publishers and editors.

In 2005 she had the privilege of being invited to take part in a study tour of Uganda with several other academic colleagues, this included meeting with students and sponsors.

She now works within the EDIS and Engineering programme team, providing cover for the Engineering Programme when required. In addition to this she also provides administrative support to the LECH-e project.

Paula Bacelar Nicolau

PhD in Environmental Microbiology at University of North Wales, Bangor, UK, is currently Assistant Professor at the Department of Science and Technology, Universidade Aberta-UAb, Portugal. Her main research interests include e-learning in biological and environmental sciences, Problem Based Learning, and microbial ecology in marine/coastal systems at the Institute of Marine and Environmental Research and at the Education Development Research Unit, Portugal. She has been Coordinator of the MSc in Environmental Citizenship and Participation, UAb, during the its past four editions.

Sandra Sofia Ferreira da Silva Caeiro

holds a PhD on Environmental Engineering from the New University of Lisbon (2004), a MSc in Sciences of Coastal Zones from the University of Aveiro (1996) and a BSc in Environmental Engineering from the New University of Lisbon (1992). She is currently Assistant Professor in the Department of Science and Technology at Universidade Aberta and a researcher at Institute of Marine and Environmental Research and at the Education Development Research Unit, Portugal. Her main research and teaching areas include environmental risk assessment, environmental management tools, environmental citizenship and participation, sustainable consumption and e-learning in science education. She is now the coordinator of a B.Sc. programme on Environmental Sciences.

Els Jans

Lecturer at the School of Science of the Open Universiteit Nederland (OUNL) in the Netherlands. Els was trained as a biologist at the University of Utrecht. She specializes in biology and distance learning, and combines these in teaching in OUNL’s BSc programme of Environmental Sciences. Recently she has developed an online Knowledge Base for Biology. This Knowledge Base combines biological content and didactical principles in an innovative way and is used for training of teachers and pupils at secondary school level.