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

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Author(s)

  • Gregory Trencher
  • Takashi Mino
  • Roland W. Scholz
  • Lennart Olsson
  • Barry Ness
  • Niki Frantzeskaki
  • Jan Rotmans

Detail(s)

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)101-113
Journal / PublicationSustainability Science
Volume7
Issue numberSUPPL. 1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2012
Externally publishedYes

Abstract

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. © 2012 Springer.

Research Area(s)

  • Higher education institutions, Institutionalization, Interdisciplinarity, Social experimentation, Stakeholder collaboration, Transdisciplinarity

Citation Format(s)

Establishing sustainability science in higher education institutions: Towards an integration of academic development, institutionalization, and stakeholder collaborations. / Yarime, Masaru; Trencher, Gregory; Mino, Takashi et al.
In: Sustainability Science, Vol. 7, No. SUPPL. 1, 02.2012, p. 101-113.

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