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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 1994. PhD research followed at University of Wales, Cardiff which he completed in 1998. This studied the soil chemistry and plant / soil interrelationships on upland heather moorland in the Berwyn Mountains in Mid Wales. He taught Biology, Chemistry & Environmental Studies on undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes at USW 2000-2016. His research continues with several international research groups in the field of Ecosystem Studies and Education for Sustainable Development & Global Citizenship.


Senior Lecturer and Research Fellow for Science Education at University of South Wales 2000 – 2016. Roles extend to curriculum development /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. (2019) Embedding ESD into elementary stage textbooks: lessons from a small Himalayan state. Research in Action Special Issue August 2019 pp. 53 – 59 (ISSN: 2515-9364)
‘Kissock,J.A. & Johnston, R.A.S. (2019) Back to the hills’: a commentary on a recent palynological study at Cefn Drum, Gower. South Wales Centre for Historical and Interdisciplinary Research.
Johnston, R.A.S. (2018) Achieving SDG 4.7 : embedding sustainability issues into subject-specific texts – a guide for textbook authors, Research in Action, Special Issue 2018 pp. 51-60 (ISSN 2515-9364)
Johnston, R.A.S. (2018b) Science Education and Education for Citizenship and Sustainable Development. Gateways in Higher Education: Cultures, Transitions, and Transformations, Vol IV Published: 2018-06-19 ((original publication date, 2011) Collected Essays, 2010 STLHE Conference: Ryerson University and Ontario College of Art and Design, Toronto.
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 MGIEP
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.
Kissock,J.A. & Johnston, R.A.S. (2007) Sheep Houses and Sheepcotes – a study of the post medieval landscape of Cefn Drum, Gower. Studia Celtica XLI 1-23.
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
Senior Fellow Advance HE


Research interests are in the fields of Environmental Science and Ecosystem Studies that include landscape studies on upland heather moorland and industrially derelict land.

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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