In collaboration with David Thorpe, director of the One Planet Centre, the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) is offering a new Post-Graduate Certificate in ‘One Planet’ Governance.

The ‘One Planet’ Governance programme – the first of its kind in the world – is a post-graduate award that will provide a continual professional development opportunity for those interested in sustainable political, civic and public governance, administration and policymaking.

As part of the programme, students study ethical and sustainable approaches to political leadership and administration, preparing them for the changing nature and role of politics and governance in the 21st century.

“With governments and many councils declaring climate and extinction emergencies, administrators and policymakers are wondering how to react,” says David Thorpe, director of the One Planet Centre, sustainability consultant and one of the course tutors.

“This short, distance learning, postgraduate course is offered to provide many answers. Participants will combine their own work with a fully online experience, engaging in collaborative learning with students from around the world. They will come to understand the interrelated challenges facing them, and research their own specialisms as a practical case study,” adds David.

Virtual Learning Environment

The programme is delivered through UWTSD’s online Virtual Learning Environment, where students have access to all key learning activities, resources and learning groups using the latest interactive communications tools and applications.

During the course, students learn about many examples of successful solutions around the world, including zero carbon buildings, resource efficiency, local resilience, job creation, health promotion, and the circular economy.

“We’re delighted to be offering the new ‘One Planet’ Governance Post-graduate Certificate as part of our provision at UWTSD,” says Dr Louise Emanuel, Academic Director within UWTSD’s Institute of Management and Health.

“Our programmes have sustainable and ethical thinking at their core and this course examines the nature of the long-term, strategic, ecological and social challenges facing the planet, and the fundamentally different new strategies and tools currently available and being developed to meet these challenges.”

Well-being of Future Generations Act

Dr Alex Bell, Online Masters Programme Manager at UWTSD’s Institute of Management and Health adds: “As a special feature of the course, students undertake an in-depth study of the implementation and efficacy of the ground-breaking Welsh legislation, the Well-being of Future Generations Act.

“They will come to understand the interrelated challenges facing humanity, and life in general, on Earth, in relation to the planetary boundaries. They will then critically examine the tools, standards and methodologies implemented by different administrations around the world, across different sectors, in relation to the Sustainable Development Goals and ecological foot printing.”

To find out more about the new PGCert One Planet Governance programme, please visit: or email Dr Alex Bell directly


Pic: David Thorpe, director of the One Planet Centre, sustainability consultant and one of the course tutors. 

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