easyJet holidays and the University of Oxford have launched a partnership to establish a sustainable development goals lab.
UK tour operator easyJet holidays has partnered with the University of Oxford to establish the Oxford SDG Impact Lab, which will identify the challenges related to sustainability within travel, and opportunities for sustainable tourism.
From January-September 2022, a group of 20 graduate students will be mentored and trained at the lab to deliver rigorous reports on improving key areas of social and environmental development in a number of destinations where easyJet holidays operates.
The programme will include a four-week research trip to easyJet destinations across Europe in the summer of 2022, to help develop proposals. easyJet holidays will provide industry and business knowledge to help shape the students’ proposals throughout the programme.
At the end of the training programme in September 2022, the students will deliver their reports and easyJet holidays will decide which recommended sustainable practises will be taken on – perhaps hiring one of the students to pilot their scheme.
“We’re so pleased to be working with the University of Oxford, combining our deep industry expertise with some of the brightest minds in the country, to help us identify where we can have a real impact and make meaningful change on the people and places that make our destinations so special,” said Matt Callaghan, easyJet holidays director of customer & operations.
“This is the first partnership of its kind and we’re really excited for the programme to get underway. We’ll be part of it at each and every step to provide our support and expertise, and we look forward to seeing the recommendations from the SDG Impact Lab students on what we can do to deliver on our commitment to providing holidays that don’t cost the earth.”
The University of Oxford’s professor Alexander Betts, co-founder of the SDG Impact Lab, said:
“The Lab represents a leap forward in our ability to support experiential learning and enable our students to change the world for the better. They need to be able to work within interdisciplinary teams and collaborate with business, government, and third sector organisation. The combination of a 16-weeks skills training programme with a field-based research internship makes this a pioneering step-forwards in how we deliver graduate education.”