faith, sustainability, online learning, distance learning, religion, environment, islam
Ms Rianne C. ten Veen is a humanitarian aidworker with almost a decade of experience in the sector. Her preference is for faith & environment projects: she is a member of the management team of Islamic Foundation for Ecology & Environment Sciences (IFEES), member of Steering Groups of 'Engage' (a CSV Environment project) and 'Faith and Climate Change' (a Birmingham Friends of the Earth project; this project was a finalist in NESTA's Big Green Challenge and won The Guardian's Community Hero award - now being replaced by wider EARTH: Environment And Religions Transformation Hub) and the Environment lead on the Committee of the Birmingham Council of Faiths.
In 2009, she self-published a 'save cash& planet' style book from Islamic perspective: '199 ways to please God, how to (re-)align your daily life with your duty of care to Creation' (ISBN: 978-1844266296) and set up Green Creation. She is also an Associate Lecturer at the Open University, teaching on an interdisciplinary course on environment (Environment: journeys through a changing world), an ethics course (Business, human rights and corporate social responsibility) and taught on the final presentation of 'Islam in the West - the politics of coexistence'. She has an LLM (MA in Law), an MA in International Politics and a PGDip in Environmental Policy. Finances permitting, she would love to spend more time on a PhD on Islam & Environment: comparing the humanitarian aid principle of 'do no harm' with the Islamic principle of 'la darar' (do no harm) with regards to sustainable development.