Encyclopedia of Sustainability in Higher Education

2019 Edition
| Editors: Walter Leal Filho

Institutional Change and Sustainable Development

  • Mohammad Al-SaidiEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-11352-0_477


The study field of institutions and institutionalism is quite complex, encompassing theories, concepts, and tools that can be applied in various ways related to sustainable development. At the same time, sustainable development is not uniquely defined and can imply a range of policy, normative, or resource use issues at various scales. Therefore, institutions and their change over time can be analyzed with regard to specific topics on sustainable development such as institutional reforms, learning, institutional interplay, and appropriate designs. Often, institutional designs and institutional change are useful approaches for investigating unsustainability in economic development (Opschoor 1996). This happens when institutions are understood as a structuring element of human–nature relationships, and institutional change is used to redirect institutional failures during the development process. Here, the institutional failures and rigidity explain why one-sided...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center for Sustainable Development, College of Arts and SciencesQatar UniversityDohaQatar

Section editors and affiliations

  • Rudi Pretorius
    • 1
  1. 1.University of South AfricaPretoriaSouth Africa