We can only do it together: Addressing global sustainability challenges through a collaborative paradigm

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We can only do it together: Addressing global sustainability challenges through a collaborative paradigm. / Avery, Helen; Nordén, Birgitta.

2020. Abstract from The 5th World Symposium on Sustainable Development at Universities , Visby, Sweden.

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Avery, H & Nordén, B 2020, 'We can only do it together: Addressing global sustainability challenges through a collaborative paradigm' The 5th World Symposium on Sustainable Development at Universities , Visby, Sweden, 2020/08/26 - 2020/08/28, .

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Avery, H., & Nordén, B. (Accepted/In press). We can only do it together: Addressing global sustainability challenges through a collaborative paradigm. Abstract from The 5th World Symposium on Sustainable Development at Universities , Visby, Sweden.

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Avery H, Nordén B. 2020. We can only do it together: Addressing global sustainability challenges through a collaborative paradigm. Abstract from The 5th World Symposium on Sustainable Development at Universities , Visby, Sweden.

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Avery H, Nordén B. We can only do it together: Addressing global sustainability challenges through a collaborative paradigm. 2020. Abstract from The 5th World Symposium on Sustainable Development at Universities , Visby, Sweden.

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Avery, Helen ; Nordén, Birgitta. / We can only do it together: Addressing global sustainability challenges through a collaborative paradigm. Abstract from The 5th World Symposium on Sustainable Development at Universities , Visby, Sweden.

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TY - CONF

T1 - We can only do it together: Addressing global sustainability challenges through a collaborative paradigm

AU - Avery, Helen

AU - Nordén, Birgitta

PY - 2020

Y1 - 2020

N2 - 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 futureoriented 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.

AB - 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 futureoriented 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.

KW - higher education

KW - research policy

KW - sustainability transitions

KW - future-oriented methodology

KW - strategic systemic thinking

KW - collaborative paradigm

M3 - Abstract

ER -