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We can only do it together: Addressing global sustainability challenges through a collaborative paradigm.: Session 4: Comprehensive approaches to Sustainable Development: the integration of Curriculum, Research and Operations
Lund University.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8423-1938
Malmö University, Faculty of Education and Society (LS), Department of Natural Science, Mathematics and Society (NMS).ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9613-8132
2021 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Urgent structural change is required in higher education, to allow collaboration both within and across universities, so that achieving rapid sustainability transition can become not only the overarching but the main purpose of education, research and work in society. A review of the literature reveals that fragmentation caused by traditional hierarchical faculty and disciplinary organisation is a major obstacle to such goals. Additionally, universities today operate under a competitive paradigm which prevents the transfer and application of available knowledge, as well as blocking the development of new knowledge and coherent future-oriented approaches. Fragmentation and competition prevent universities from pooling resources, understanding phenomena holistically and using systemic approaches in the way we address major challenges. Political agendas, funding priorities, as well as existing mechanisms of dissemination and evaluation of academic activity contribute to inertia. Rather than applying fragmented sustainability goals within rigid silo structures, it is therefore argued that action for sustainability needs to be coordinated among academic actors, horizontally and diagonally. This requires spaces for concertation and strategical thinking. Insights achieved in strong sustainability research environments need to direct efforts, and priority must be given to structures, networks and research that already enable concertation and collaboration.

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2021.
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Environmental Sciences Pedagogy Didactics Learning
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Sustainable studies; Science education
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-47288OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mau-47288DiVA, id: diva2:1617836
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Digital Zoom/YouTube presentation at the 5th World Symposium on Sustainable Development at Universities (WSSD-U-2020). Universities, Sustainability and Society: Supporting the Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. Session 4: Comprehensive approaches to Sustainable Development: the integration of Curriculum, Research and Operations. Hamburg University of Applied Sciences Research and Transfer Centre "Sustainability and Climate Change Management" European School of Sustainability Science and Research & University of Uppsala, Visby Campus, Gotland, Sweden, 26th-28th August 2020.
Available from: 2021-12-07 Created: 2021-12-07 Last updated: 2022-03-11Bibliographically approved

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