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The Impact of Withdrawing a Structured Initiative Aimed at Engaging Departments in Sustainable Activities, at a UK University

  • Sally R. LampkinEmail author
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Part of the World Sustainability Series book series (WSUSE)

Abstract

This paper investigates the impact on departmental engagement in sustainable activities following the withdrawal of a structured campus-wide initiative at a UK university, 20 months after it had been introduced. The research questions included: What changes did the initiative bring? What, if anything, replaced the influential factors once the initiative was withdrawn? What has been the impact on engagement since the withdrawal? How did people perceive changes to the engagement level? What or who has been critical to any successes? What factors are most likely to influence engagement positively in the future? The study compared and contrasted academic departments and support services. Some predictable results were found, along with quite surprising ones such as the impact of losing recognition and support for undertaking activities and of copying the behaviour of others. Communication, co-ordination and the provision of authority were found to play key roles. There are case-studies in the literature examining sustainability initiatives in the workplace; few, however, report the impact of withdrawing a scheme less than 2 years after its introduction.

Keywords

Engagement Sustainability University Framework Communication Coordination 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Bristol Business SchoolThe University of the West of EnglandBristolUK

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