Maria ManzonMaria Manzon
Maria Manzon is an Associate Professor at the Department of Education of Sophia University. She is a core faculty of the Sophia Program for Sustainable Futures (SPSF). Her research interest lies at the intersection of comparative education, religions, and sustainability. For sustainability to be authentic and transformative, it is essential to study how core values and worldviews are formed. Concretely, Asia is the cradle of the world religions which have shaped its cultures and education systems.
She thus explores the potential of religions, in comparative perspective, for sustainability education in such areas as environmental education and women’s education in Asia. As a member of the Strategic Alliance of Catholic Research Universities’ (SACRU) Working Group 2, she undertakes collaborative research with SACRU scholars on the impact of Pope Francis’ Encyclical “Laudato si’: On care for our common home” on higher education.
She is also part of the Sophia-ESD project (2021-2024) which aims to research on the educational practices, policies, and theoretical significance of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). Her publications include Comparative Education: The Construction of a Field; Origins and Traditions in Comparative Education; and Equity in Excellence: Experiences of East Asian High-Performing Education Systems.