Associate Professor Dr. Subarna Sivapalan

Head, School of Education / Lead, UNESCO Chair in International Education and Development, Malaysia Office / Lead, Sustainability and Transformational Education Research Cluster (STERC), Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Nottingham Malaysia


DR SUBARNA SIVAPALAN FRSA is presently Associate Professor and Head of the School of Education, University of Nottingham Malaysia, and the Malaysia Office Lead for the UNESCO Chair in International Education and Development. Subarna is also part of the leadership team of the University of Nottingham Malaysia Sustainable Environments interdisciplinary research cluster, and a member of the University of Nottingham Tricampus committee on Education & Student Experience Sustainability.

Subarna has over 20 years of experience within the higher education sector. Prior to joining the University of Nottingham, she was attached to Malaysia’s top STEM focused private university. While there, she held key roles in academic and research divisions, one of it being the Director of the Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. At the national level, Subarna is actively involved in sustainability education advocacy. She is presently the Co- Chair of the National Education for Sustainable Development Association of Selangor. She sat on the National Committee of WWF Malaysia’s Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) Eco Schools Programme, and has held the role of Chair and Deputy Chair of WWF Malaysia‚Äôs FEE Eco Campus Programme National Committee. At the international level, Subarna is an Acumen Fellow, the world’s school for social change. She is a United Nations University Pro.SPER.Net Building Transformational Leadership Towards the SDGs” fellow. Subarna is also the recipient of WWF Malaysia’s National Eco-Lecturer Award for her efforts in advocating for greater awareness amongst youth to champion sustainability.

Subarna obtained her PhD in Education from the University of Nottingham. While working on her PhD at the University of Nottingham, Subarna was involved in Nottingham’s first MOOC, Sustainability, Society and You which ran on FutureLearn. She looks forward to connecting and collaborating with stakeholders across all sectors to realize Nottingham’s commitment to sustainability through the institution’s research, teaching, campus activities and work with partners.