Late in 2018 I started work on a part-time PhD, using systems thinking to evaluate formal training programmes. Things did not go to plan.
By the end of 2020 I decided that spending another four years focusing on a very small aspect of training governance was not going to work for me, but thought that I could put the enormous pile of research papers that I had collected to better use by writing a book.
During those two years I had read a lot about the ideas of 'sustainable HRD' and 'critical HRD', and realised that there was very little guidance available to HRD practitioners to help them plan a strategy for learning about social and environmental sustainability for their organisations.
This seemed to be a much more interesting and worthwhile way to spend some time, so I sent my apologies to my supervisors and approached Routledge to see if they were interested in the subject. They were.
So on Friday, 1 October, 2021, three years after starting the research and with 392 days of work recorded in my timesheet I clicked the 'Send' button and off went the manuscripts.