Inquiry-based learning and the crisis competences for addressing the climate emergency

John Connolly, Alice Moseley

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Contemporary creeping crises such as climate change have challenged the public sector in ways never experienced before. Our chapter discusses the role of inquiry-based learning (IBL) in public administration education and its role in facilitating the education of public administrators, with a specific focus on responding to the global climate emergency. We draw on our experience of MPA programmes to offer insights into how MPA programmes need to adapt to embed ‘climate competences’. By doing so the chapter offers pedagogical strategies for implementing such an agenda in order to best equip current and future crisis managers for responding to the existential threats posed by anthropogenic climate change.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Handbook on Teaching Public Administration
EditorsPamela Dunning, John Diamond, Ian Elliott, Karin Bottom
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing Ltd.
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 22 Jun 2021


  • inquiry-based learning
  • climate emergency
  • crisis management
  • public administration
  • public management
  • environment


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