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Universities as Living Labs for Sustainable Development

Supporting the Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals

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  • © 2020


  • Highly interdisciplinary, covering the social sciences, economics, business, education, and the environmental sciences
  • Describes sustainability and living labs approaches in a comprehensive way
  • Provides a sound basis to promote efforts in the field of sustainability among universities
  • Fills in a market niche, offering the first comprehensive publication on the topic

Part of the book series: World Sustainability Series (WSUSE)

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This book fills an important gap in the literature, and presents contributions from scientists and researchers working in the field of sustainable development who have engaged in dynamic approaches to implementing sustainability in higher education. It is widely known that universities are key players in terms of the implementation and further development of sustainability, with some having the potential of acting as “living labs” in this rapidly growing field. Yet there are virtually no publications that explore the living labs concept as it relates to sustainability, and in an integrated manner. The aims of this book, which is an outcome of the “4th World Symposium on Sustainable Development at Universities” (WSSD-U-2018), held in Malaysia in 2018, are as follows:
i. to document the experiences of universities from all around the world in curriculum innovation, research, activities and practical projects as they relate to sustainable development at the university level;
ii. to disseminate information, ideas and experiences acquired in the execution of projects, including successful initiatives and good practice;
iii. to introduce and discuss methodological approaches and projects that seek to integrate the topic of sustainable development in the curricula of universities; and
iv. to promote the scalability of existing and future models from universities as living labs for sustainable development.

The papers are innovative, cross-cutting and many reflect practice-based experiences, some of which may be replicable elsewhere. Also, this book, prepared by the Inter-University Sustainable Development Research Programme (IUSDRP) and the World Sustainable Development Research and Transfer Centre (WSD-RTC), reinforces the role played by universities as living labs for sustainable development.

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Table of contents (52 chapters)

  1. Campus as Living Labs for the SDGs

Editors and Affiliations

  • European School of Sustainability Science and Research, HAW Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany

    Walter Leal Filho, Amanda Lange Salvia

  • Department of Geography, University of South Africa, Johannesburg, South Africa

    Rudi W. Pretorius

  • University of Passo Fundo, Passo Fundo, Brazil

    Luciana Londero Brandli

  • Democritus University of Thrace, Komotini, Greece

    Evangelos Manolas

  • Department of Social Sciences and Management, Universidade Aberta, Porto, Portugal

    Fatima Alves

  • Universidade de Aveiro, Aveiro, Portugal

    Ulisses Azeiteiro

  • School of Architecture and Design, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia

    Judy Rogers

  • Department of Life and Environmental Science, Bournemouth University, Poole, UK

    Chris Shiel

  • Department of Business and Economics, Research Unit NECE, Universidade da Beira Interior, Covilha, Portugal

    Arminda Do Paco

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