John FosterAssociate Lecturer
Since 2004 I have worked as a freelance, developing and running the Philosophy Department's Schools Outreach Programme, which introduces philosophy topics to school students from Year 6 to Year 11 and supports AS/A2 teaching in Sixth Forms. I have continued this work within PPR, extending the programme to include outreach work based on the other disciplines within the combined department. For details of the outreach programme, click here.
I am a member of the British Philosophical Association's A-level teaching panel, and have conducted a study funded by the Higher Education Academy looking at the involvement of undergraduates in outreach philosophy work.
I do some undergraduate teaching for the Department, currently including first year Philosophy seminars, third-year dissertation supervision and convening the interdisciplinary third-year module PPR in Education, for which students undertake and write a reflective report on a term-long school or college placement.
Worked in school teaching, public sector management and consultancy before joining the Centre for the Study of Environmental Change as a researcher in 1992. Launched and directed (1998-2001) the innovative MA in Environment, Culture and Society. As management convenor of CSEC, initiated and led the creation of the Institute for Environment, Philosophy and Public Policy out of the Centre and (an earlier version of )the Philosophy Department, and was its Associate Director 2000-01.
I don’t really have "research interests", leaving those to scientists, but I do sometimes think and (less frequently) write things. My books and articles have explored the conceptual and socio-political assumptions of environmental economics and the idea of natural capital. I have also written about sustainability and education, particularly the relations between scientific, social-scientific and humanities modes of sustainable education. My book The Sustainability Mirage (Earthscan, 2008) offered a critique of the currently dominant sustainability paradigm. More recently, After Sustainability (Earthscan from Routledge, 2015) explores what we might do, and in particular how we might go on hoping, once we stop trying to pretend that "sustainable development" policies are going to save us from major climate-related chaos and breakdown. I am now trying to think in more detail about what the politics of retrieval under those conditions might look like.
After sustainability: denial, hope, retrieval
Foster, J. 2015 London : Earthscan from Routledge. 230 p. ISBN: 9780415706391.
Sustainability and the learning virtues
Foster, J. 06/2011 In: Journal of Curriculum Studies. 43, 3, p. 383-402. 19 p.
The Sustainability Mirage: Illusion and reality in the coming war on climate change
Foster, J. 2008 London : Earthscan. ISBN: 9781844075355 .
Making sense of stewardship: metaphorical thinking and the environment.
Foster, J. 02/2005 In: Environmental Education Research. 11, 1, p. 25-36. 12 p.
Options, sustainability policy and the spontaneous order.
Foster, J. 02/2005 In: Environmental Education Research. 11, 1, p. 115-135. 21 p.
Learning, natural capital and sustainable development : options for an uncertain world.
Foster, J., Gough, S. 2005 London : Routledge. 138 p. ISBN: 041536020X.
Sustainablility and the implicit curriculum.
Foster, J. 2003 In: Key issues in sustainable development and learning: a critical review. London : Routledge p. 111-112. 2 p. ISBN: 0415276497.
Sustainability, Higher Education and the Learning Society.
Foster, J. 02/2002 In: Environmental Education Research. 8, 1, p. 35-41. 7 p.
Review of 'Criticism and the environmental crisis'.
Foster, J. 11/2001 In: Environmental Values. 10, 4, p. 541-546. 6 p.
Contribution to mini-symposium.
Bowers, C., Foster, J., Jickling, B. 05/2001 In: Environmental Education Research. 7, 2, p. 183-184. 2 p.
Education as sustainability.
Foster, J. 05/2001 In: Environmental Education Research. 7, 2, p. 153-165. 13 p.
What price interdisciplinarity?: crossing the curriculum in environmental higher education
Foster, J. 11/1999 In: Journal of Geography in Higher Education. 23, 3, p. 358-366. 9 p.
Valuing nature? : ethics, economics and the environment.
Foster, J. 1997 London : Routledge. 273 p. ISBN: 0415148758.
Beyond costs and benefits: weighing environmental goods.
Foster, J. 1994 In: Analyse and Kritik. 2/94, p. 133-149. 17 p.