Alberto Arenas is Professor of Environmental and Sustainability Education in the Department of Teaching, Learning, and Sociocultural Studies in the College of Education at the University of Arizona. He specializes in the connections between pedagogy and environmental sustainability; experiential education, with an emphasis on vocational education; and the decolonization of education with a focus on restoring culturally-rich, non-commodified knowledge and skills.
In 2019, Dr. Arenas became Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Environmental Education, a premier educational journal and the oldest journal on environmental education worldwide in continuous operation.
Dr. Arenas has a Ph.D. in Sociocultural Studies in Education from the University of California, Berkeley. In 2002, he was hired by the University of Arizona, and has taught in the College of Education since then. His publications have appeared in leading educational journals in the world, including Phi Delta Kappan, Teachers College Record, Compare, the International Review of Education, and the Journal of Environmental Education.
From 2009-2019, Dr. Arenas was the co-director of the Study of the United States Institute, a federally-funded grant that invited Indigenous Latin American college students to the University of Arizona. Between 2013-2015, Professor Arenas was a member of the Scientific Committees of the World Environmental Education Congresses held in Morocco and Sweden. In 2014 he was a Fulbright Scholar in Mexico doing research on Mexico’s environmental education programs. From 2017-2021 he was Associate Editor for Environmental and Sustainability Education of the Oxford Encyclopedia of Educational Administration.
Dr. Arenas grew up in Bogotá, Colombia. He has also lived in Brazil and Mexico, where he has taught and researched in the fields of environmental and sustainability education.