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Establishing sustainability science in higher education institutions: towards an integration of academic development, institutionalization, and stakeholder collaborations

Author:
  • Masaru Yarime
  • Gregory Trencher
  • Takashi Mino
  • Roland W. Scholz
  • Lennart Olsson
  • Barry Ness
  • Niki Frantzeskaki
  • Jan Rotmans
Publishing year: 2012
Language: English
Pages: 101-113
Publication/Series: Sustainability Science
Volume: 7
Document type: Journal article
Publisher: Springer

Abstract english

The field of sustainability science aims to understand the complex and dynamic interactions between natural and human systems in order to transform and develop these in a sustainable manner. As sustainability problems cut across diverse academic disciplines, ranging from the natural sciences to the social sciences and humanities, interdisciplinarity has become a central idea to the realm of sustainability science. Yet, for addressing complicated, real-world sustainability problems, interdisciplinarity per se does not suffice. Active collaboration with various stakeholders throughout society-transdisciplinarity-must form another critical component of sustainability science. In addition to implementing interdisciplinarity and transdisciplinarity in practice, higher education institutions also need to deal with the challenges of institutionalization. In this article, drawing on the experiences of selected higher education academic programs on sustainability, we discuss academic, institutional, and societal challenges in sustainability science and explore the potential of uniting education, research and societal contributions to form a systematic and integrated response to the sustainability crisis.

Keywords

  • Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
  • Higher education institutions
  • Interdisciplinarity
  • Transdisciplinarity
  • Institutionalization
  • Stakeholder collaboration
  • Social experimentation

Other

Published
  • ISSN: 1862-4057
Barry Ness
E-mail: barry [dot] ness [at] LUCSUS [dot] lu [dot] se

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Associate professor

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+46 46 222 48 09

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Wrangel, 113

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Introduction

Barry Ness is Associate Professor at Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies and Director of Studies of the PhD Research School. He is also the Director of the local interaction platform in Skåne for the Mistra Urban Futures project, and, and the editor-in-chief of Challenges in Sustainability (Librello Publishing). His current research interests include inter- and transdisciplinary approaches for both comprehending and addressing complex sustainability challenges.

He is also a researcher and work package leader for the Globally and Locally-sustainable Food-Water-Energy Innovation in Urban Living Labs (GLOCULL) project, focusing on creating an urban living lab approach for the food-water-energy nexus. Barry is also a project researcher in LUCID project and the TRANSFORM project (starting autumn 2018). 


 

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