Dr. Robert James DIDHAM
Robert Didham is senior coordinator for capacity development and knowledge management. His responsibilities cover three strategic operations at IGES. First, capacity development facilitates target stakeholders in implementing policies and practical solutions for sustainable development. Second, capacity building is provided to IGES staff to conduct high-quality research. Third, effective knowledge management is important for IGES's ability to develop and disseminate important products and recommendations to target audiences. Through these operations, Dr. Didham aims to encourage a dynamic learning environment where researchers are supported and inspired to produce cutting-edge research and outputs that allow IGES to be a change agent for sustainability.
Previously, Dr. Didham was lead education policy specialist at IGES. Under this capacity, he coordinated multi-country studies on Education for Sustainable Consumption (ESC) and supported a UNEP project to develop national guidelines for ESC implementation in Indonesia. He was team leader for collaborative research with United Nations University and UNESCO on Monitoring and Evaluation of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) in Asia-Pacific. He has conducted research for the Ministry of the Environment, Japan on green market promotion and international cooperation. He also has considerable experience as a facilitator including community appraisal and planning, monitoring and evaluation, and consensus decision making.
Research Topics & Areas of Expertise
- Capacity Development and Policy Planning support for Sustainable Development,
- Education for Sustainable Development (ESD),
- Education for Sustainable Consumption (ESC) & Responsible Consumer Behaviour,
- Participatory Appraisal and Planning & Community Decision-Making,
- Monitoring and Evaluation with Sustainability Indicators,
- Green Public Procurement Strategies & Eco-Labelling,
- Sustainable Lifestyles and Livelihoods,
- Social Learning and Experiential Education,
- Permaculture and Ecological Design;
Academic Focus: Interdisciplinary Studies (primary disciplinary background in Social Policy, Sociology, Development Studies, and Educational Theories/Learning Methodologies)
Ph.D., Social and Political Studies (University of Edinburgh, 2008)
-- Interdisciplinary focus on sustainable community development;
M.Sc., Social Research -- (University of Edinburgh, 2003);
M.Sc., Environmental Sustainability -- (University of Edinburgh, 2002);
B.Phil., Interdisciplinary Studies -- (Miami University, 2001)
-- Focus on social policy, urban renewal and planning. Minor in educational leadership.