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The Role of Higher Education Stakeholder Networks for Sustainable Development: A Systems Perspective

Vargas, Valeria and Paucar-Caceres, alberto and Haley, David (2021) The Role of Higher Education Stakeholder Networks for Sustainable Development: A Systems Perspective. In: Universities, Sustainability and Society: Supporting the Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. Springer Nature, pp. 123-139. ISBN 9783030633998

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Abstract

Can stakeholder organisations support and put pressure on organisational change at universities to implement sustainable development? In recent years, universities across the world have made progress in both promoting and implementing sustainable development (SD). However, despite the fact that the United Nations message that stakeholder participation is crucial for the implementation of sustainable development (in particular SDG 17: Partnerships for the goals), research on the role of higher education stakeholder networks in the context of organisational change towards sustainable development remains underdeveloped. First, the paper discusses state of the art literature on the role of stakeholder networks for the implementation of sustainable development in higher education. Secondly, using a systemic approach the paper explores some potential steps for addressing the practical and policy challenges required to support the implementation of sustainable development through the role of stakeholder networks. The paper then critiques the present and future prospects of such relationships. This paper will present a systemic perspective of how universities can be more attuned and adapt to continue the promotion of sustainable development goals amongst their community of influence. It will also be useful for practitioners and policy makers working to address sustainable development implementation challenges in higher education.

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