Alberto Arenas, Ph.D.
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
Primary affiliation: Teaching, Learning & Sociocultural Studies
All associated units:
Teaching Learning & Sociocultural Studies
Alberto Arenas is Associate Professor of Environmental and Sustainability Education in the Department of Teaching, Learning, and Sociocultural Studies in Education in the College of Education at the University of Arizona. He was previously an Assistant Professor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst teaching in the Center for International Education. He has been a member of the Scientific Committee of the World Environmental Education Congress since 2013.
Dr. Arenas has done research and given lectures in Mexico, Brazil, and Colombia. In 2014 he was a Fulbright Scholar in Mexico doing research on environmental and sustainability education programs. Dr. Arenas is the co-Principal Investigator and co-director of the Study of the United States Institute (SUSI), a federally funded grant that brings 40 indigenous Latin American college students per year to the University of Arizona to learn about sustainability and indigenous issues.
He is the author of over 60 publications and conference papers, and his manuscripts have been published in some of the leading educational journals in the world, including Teachers College Record, Compare, and the International Review of Education.
Dr. Arenas does research on and teaches about the intersection between environmental sustainability and social justice in formal and non-formal organizations. Specifically, he explores three areas of research: (1) The links between work, vocational and technical education, and sustainability; (2) the connections between cultural and biological diversity; and (3) the revitalization of non-commodified knowledge and skills that support community well-being.