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

Yarime, Masaru; Trencher, Gregory; Mino, Takashi; Scholz, Roland W.; Olsson, Lennart LU ; Ness, Barry LU ; Frantzeskaki, Niki and Rotmans, Jan (2012) In Sustainability Science 7. p.101-113
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... (More)
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. (Less)
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Higher education institutions, Interdisciplinarity, Transdisciplinarity, Institutionalization, Stakeholder collaboration, Social experimentation
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Sustainability Science
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7
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101 - 113
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Springer
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1862-4057
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10.1007/s11625-012-0157-5
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English
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  author       = {Yarime, Masaru and Trencher, Gregory and Mino, Takashi and Scholz, Roland W. and Olsson, Lennart and Ness, Barry and Frantzeskaki, Niki and Rotmans, Jan},
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  keyword      = {Higher education institutions,Interdisciplinarity,Transdisciplinarity,Institutionalization,Stakeholder collaboration,Social experimentation},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {101--113},
  publisher    = {Springer},
  series       = {Sustainability Science},
  title        = {Establishing sustainability science in higher education institutions: towards an integration of academic development, institutionalization, and stakeholder collaborations},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11625-012-0157-5},
  volume       = {7},
  year         = {2012},
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