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PhD, University of Wales Cardiff
BSc Ecology, University of Stirling
PGCE, University of Wales Newport


Ron Johnston completed his BSc Ecology (Joint Honours Biology & Environmental Science) from Stirling University in 1993. PhD research followed at University of Wales, Cardiff and Newport in 1994 which he completed in 1998. This studied the soil chemistry and plant / soil interrelationships in response to management on upland heather moorland in the Berwyn Mountains in Mid Wales. He teaches Biology, Chemistry & Environmental Studies on undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes here at Newport. He also teaches and researches in the field of Education for Sustainable Development & Global Citizenship and is programme leader for the MA ESDGC programme.


Senior Lecturer and Research Fellow for Science Education at University of South Wales 1998 – present. Roles extend to curriculum development / delivery and programme leadership on various science / environmental based provisions : BSc Initial Teacher Training Primary and Secondary Science : BSc / BA Environmental Science / Environmental Studies and Foundation Science degree MA and PGCE post graduate programmes.


Johnston, R.A.S.(2018) Achieving SDG 4.7 by embedding sustainability issues into subject-specific texts – a guide for authors. In : Research in Action. Faculty of Education : Liverpool Hope University : TeesNet

Johnston, R.A.S., Aligaen,J., Hale,A., Kim,M., Rampal,A. (2017), Building bridges between science textbooks and sustainable futures. In: Textbooks for sustainable development-a guide to embedding: New Delhi: UNESCO

Johnston, R.A.S (2014) Case Study No. 27 The Welsh Assembly Government policy and institutional change. In : Education for sustainable development and global citizenship : good practice case studies in teacher education. TeesNet / HEA online publication available at :

Johnston, R.A.S (2014) Embedding Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship in Wales: School of Education, University of South Wales. In : Teachers : Agents of Change In : A Strategic Approach to Anchoring Development Education in Czech and Polish Formal Education Systems. Liverpool Hope University

Johnston, R.A.S. (2013) The essential role of science education and ‘science awareness’ for effective education for sustainable development and global citizenship ESDGC . In : Envisioning change and achieving transformation: ESD/GC core ‘competences’ for educators, TEESNet 2012 Conference Proceedings Edited by Sally Inman & Maggie Rogers. pp. 59 – 66. London : London South Bank University ISBN 978-0-946786-76-3

Johnston, R.A.S. (2010) Science education and education for citizenship and sustainable development. Collected Essays, STLHE Conference : Toronto, Ontario 2010.

Johnston, R.A.S. (2009) “The role of science within education for sustainable development / education for sustainable development within science”. Proceedings of the Newport NEXUS Conference. Special Publication, No. 1, pp 27 -33.

Johnston , R.A.S. (2004) The use of soils analyses to identify platform houses at Cefn Drum, Pontardulais, West Wales. (Antiquity, No 20 ).

Johnston, R.A.S. (2002) Wild Berwyn or coy nature reserve : a changing landscape. Canadian Journal of Environmental Education Spring 2002 Volume 7 (2).


Fellow of Royal Geographical Society
Fellow Higher Education Academy
Association for Science Education


Expertise or Interest
Research interests are in the fields of Environmental Science and Biogeography that include landscape studies on upland heather moorland and industrially derelict land. These studies, tracking landscape change originating from the impacts of human activity. have been undertaken independently and in collaboration with colleagues at Newport, in France and in Canada. Currently developments extend these studies to the WW1 Verdun and Somme battlefields in France.

He has also been a key contributor to EU funded projects, collaborating with partners in Germany, Poland, Sweden and Spain. The most recent of these has been the development of an e-learning package available to students here and in these countries. This package seeks to develop statistical literacy and critical thinking about the presentation of statistical information

Grants Awarded

L&T small grant aid to dvelop ESDDGC research in South Wales and Northern France

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