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Lozano, R., Santos, F. & Barreiro-Gen, M. (2024). Developing a harmonic sustainable public procurement framework. Environment, Development and Sustainability, 26(1), 2291-2306
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2024 (English)In: Environment, Development and Sustainability, ISSN 1387-585X, E-ISSN 1573-2975, Vol. 26, no 1, p. 2291-2306Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Sustainability is aimed at addressing the environmental and socio-economic issues of this generation and future ones. In this context, sustainable public procurement (SPP) has been proposed to link the consumption side (government) to the production side (companies), whilst addressing the four dimensions of sustainability (economic, environmental, social, and time). This paper undertakes an analysis, through hermeneutics, of four sets of system elements of SPP: (1) demand-offering, which includes products, services, and their combination; (2) procurement specifications (technical, non-technical, and socio-cultural); (3) stakeholder interactions; and, (4) research disciplinary approaches. The analysis shows that despite most SPP efforts focussing on demand-offerings or specifications, there have been some framework proposals aimed at explaining the complexities and interactions between the system elements. Additionally, most research on SPP has been carried out through single disciplinary approaches. The paper proposes the Harmonic SPP framework, which integrates the demand-offering, specifications, stakeholder interactions, disciplinary approaches, and the four sustainability dimensions, where the harmonisation of their interrelations is sine qua non. The Harmonic SPP framework is aimed at providing a more holistic perspective to SPP and thus fostering more effective and efficient SPP research and implementation.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Springer, 2024
Keywords
Sustainable public procurement, Disciplinary approaches, Specifications, Stakeholder interactions, Sustainability, Demand-offering, Product service systems
National Category
Environmental Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-40636 (URN)10.1007/s10668-022-02818-1 (DOI)000899459200001 ()2-s2.0-85144074586 (Scopus ID)
Funder
University of GävleEU, Horizon 2020, 956696
Available from: 2022-12-27 Created: 2022-12-27 Last updated: 2024-01-29Bibliographically approved
Bautista-Puig, N., Barreiro-Gen, M., Statulevičiūtė, G., Stančiauskas, V., Dikmener, G., Akylbekova, D. & Lozano, R. (2024). Unraveling public perceptions of the Sustainable Development Goals for better policy implementation. Science of the Total Environment, 912, Article ID 169114.
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2024 (English)In: Science of the Total Environment, ISSN 0048-9697, E-ISSN 1879-1026, Vol. 912, article id 169114Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Public participation is crucial for policy-making and can contribute to strengthening democracies and decision-making. Public participation can help to address sustainability challenges and plays a key role in attaining the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). While the SDGs are policy concepts, there has been limited research conducted on how the public perceives the SDGs. Public participation in scientific research has been carried out through citizen science (CS). This paper analyzes the public's perception of the SDGs through CS and how the public can participate in their implementation. The paper uses the OSDG community platform, a citizen science platform with >2000 participants, to analyze public perception of the SDGs. A set of 40,062 excerpts of text (v2023-01-01), a topic modeling and agreement scores by using CorTexT Manager software, was analyzed. The results show that some SDGs, e.g. health (SDG3) or life below water (SDG14), have higher levels of agreement from the public, whilst for other SDGs the public disagree on their perception, (e.g. zero hunger). The paper shows that issues affecting citizens' daily lives (e.g. in People related goals) tend to have a higher level of agreement among volunteers, while economic issues and directives have greater discrepancies. The results provide an overview of the differences in public perception on the SDGs and their implementation. The misperceptions regarding the SDGs should be reduced to achieve a better implementation, improve public participation, and help policy-making processes.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier, 2024
Keywords
Citizen science, OSDG community platform, Global goals, Sustainable development goals, Public participation, Public policy
National Category
Environmental Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-43756 (URN)10.1016/j.scitotenv.2023.169114 (DOI)2-s2.0-85180416761 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2024-02-05 Created: 2024-02-05 Last updated: 2024-02-19Bibliographically approved
Barreiro-Gen, M., Lozano, R., Carpenter, A. & Bautista-Puig, N. (2023). Analysing sustainability change management in government owned companies: Experiences from European ports. Social Responsibility Journal, 19(6), 1037-1050
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2023 (English)In: Social Responsibility Journal, ISSN 1747-1117, E-ISSN 1758-857X, Vol. 19, no 6, p. 1037-1050Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose

Government-owned companies (GOCs), such as ports, have engaged in efforts to become more sustainable. Most of such efforts have been technological and policy ones and mainly focusing on the environment, with limited research on organisational change management. This paper aims to provide insights into how ports have been addressing sustainability change forces and pressures.

Design/methodology/approach

Twelve semi-structured interviews were conducted with top-level directors and sustainability managers, representing ports across Europe’s maritime regions and a range of port types and sizes. The interviews were analysed using grounded theory’s constant comparative analysis.

Findings

The findings highlighted that the ports’ success in their process to become more sustainable depends on how they take advantage of the thrust forces and reduce the drag ones. The findings serve to develop the “ports’ sustainability change management framework”, with five stages: reactive, proactive, transactive, interactive, and sustainable port.

Practical implications

Ports, and other GOCs, should capitalise on their private–public nature in their contribution to making societies more sustainable by adopting a holistic perspective and interactive changes.

Originality/value

This paper provides a dynamic perspective on corporate sustainability efforts, particularly on GOCs, through organisational change management complementing technocentric and managerial approaches.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Emerald, 2023
Keywords
corporate sustainability, government-owned companies, ports, change management, sustainability change
National Category
Other Engineering and Technologies Other Social Sciences
Research subject
no Strategic Research Area (SFO)
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-39593 (URN)10.1108/srj-04-2022-0165 (DOI)000822796400001 ()2-s2.0-85133651936 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2022-07-12 Created: 2022-07-12 Last updated: 2023-07-06Bibliographically approved
Lozano, R. & Barreiro-Gen, M. (2023). Civil society organisations as agents for societal change: Football clubs' engagement with sustainability. Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Management, 30(2), 820-828
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2023 (English)In: Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Management, ISSN 1535-3958, E-ISSN 1535-3966, Vol. 30, no 2, p. 820-828Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Progress towards more sustainable societies requires moving from reactive responses to immediate problems, towards a more proactive focus on avoiding possible future problems and preparing for potential events. This requires that sustainability is endorsed by a group or opinion leader to be adopted by society. Organisations have been instrumental in fostering sustainability and can be such opinion leaders. During the last 10 years, there has been an increasing interest in organisational sustainability; however, research on civil society organisations (CSOs) has been scarce. Sports organisations (such as football clubs) are a particular type of CSO, and have been adopting sustainability, albeit slowly. Twelve interviews with representatives of Swedish football clubs (from which nine were male clubs and three were female clubs) were conducted between August and November 2021. The data were analysed using Grounded Theory's constant comparative analysis method. The findings show that football clubs have been undertaking several sustainability efforts (e.g. stakeholder collaboration, energy, health, gender and transportation) and have been connecting the sustainability dimensions throughout such efforts. The findings provide insights into the stages of sustainability awareness in football clubs, starting from the social dimension, then the environmental, economic and time dimensions. An important finding from the interviews was the potential that football clubs have in engaging and influencing society through their fans. This research provides insights into the contributions of football clubs to sustainability. Football clubs, and other CSOs, have the potential to become societal change agents and make societies more sustainable through a shared identity.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Wiley, 2023
Keywords
civil society organisations, football clubs, societal change, sustainability management, Sweden
National Category
Other Social Sciences Environmental Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-40089 (URN)10.1002/csr.2390 (DOI)000861942300001 ()2-s2.0-85139085488 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2022-10-10 Created: 2022-10-10 Last updated: 2023-04-27Bibliographically approved
Bautista-Puig, N., Lozano, R. & Barreiro-Gen, M. (2023). Developing a sustainability implementation framework: insights from academic research on tools, initiatives and approaches. Environment, Development and Sustainability, 11011-11031
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2023 (English)In: Environment, Development and Sustainability, ISSN 1387-585X, E-ISSN 1573-2975, p. 11011-11031Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Sustainability has been proposed to address societal challenges. A number of efforts have been undertaken to implement sustainability, particularly through frameworks such as tools, initiatives and approaches (TIAs). Most of the research on the implementation efforts has been in the corporate context. This paper is aimed at analysing the implementation of TIAs in academic research. A bibliometric analysis of twenty TIAs during the period 1961–2020 was carried out to analyse their implementation in academic research. The results highlight that there has been research published on all the TIAs analysed. The TIAs have a better balance and interrelations between the sustainability dimensions in their implementation than in the theory. The results show that for a better implementation of TIAs in academic research it is necessary to address sustainability dimensions (economic, environmental, social, and time) in a holistic and balanced way considering alignment of general and specific efforts, i.e. TIAs, and congruence (linking ‘theory’ and ‘implementation’). The results were integrated to propose a ‘Sustainability Implementation Framework’ (SIF), which is divided into three levels (i.e., Initiatives, Approaches, and Tools). The TIAs implementation should follow more strictly the definitions, or, perhaps, the TIAs definitions should be redefined to encompass the insights from their implementation.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Springer, 2023
Keywords
Bibliometric analysis; Corporate social responsibility; Corporate sustainability; Green chemistry; Sustainability implementation framework; Tools, initiatives, and approaches
National Category
Other Environmental Engineering Other Natural Sciences Other Social Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-39449 (URN)10.1007/s10668-022-02516-y (DOI)000820560900002 ()2-s2.0-85133394381 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2022-07-05 Created: 2022-07-05 Last updated: 2023-09-25Bibliographically approved
Barreiro-Gen, M., Renzi, M. F. & Tortato, C. S. B. (2023). Editorial: Women in sustainability: organizational sustainability 2021. Frontiers in Sustainability, 4, Article ID 1240059.
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2023 (English)In: Frontiers in Sustainability, E-ISSN 2673-4524, Vol. 4, article id 1240059Article in journal, Editorial material (Refereed) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Frontiers Media S.A., 2023
Keywords
Sustainability, gender, organisations
National Category
Business Administration Gender Studies Other Natural Sciences
Research subject
no Strategic Research Area (SFO)
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-42792 (URN)10.3389/frsus.2023.1240059 (DOI)2-s2.0-85165041657 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2023-07-31 Created: 2023-07-31 Last updated: 2023-08-16Bibliographically approved
Lozano, R., Barreiro-Gen, M., D'Amato, D., Gago-Cortes, C., Favi, C., Martins, R., . . . Gladysz, B. (2023). Improving sustainability teaching by grouping and interrelating pedagogical approaches and sustainability competences: Evidence from 15 Worldwide Higher Education Institutions. Sustainable Development, 31(1), 349-359
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2023 (English)In: Sustainable Development, ISSN 0968-0802, E-ISSN 1099-1719, Vol. 31, no 1, p. 349-359Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

There has been increasing research on pedagogical approaches, sustainability competences, and how to connect them in Higher Education Institutions (HEIs). This paper's aim is to provide deeper insights into the system of pedagogical approaches and sustainability competences, as well as how these interrelate. A survey was developed to investigate sustainability teaching in 15 HEIs. The survey was sent to educators of each HEI from which 668 responses were obtained. The responses were analysed in a five-step process: (1) descriptive statistics; (2) Pearson correlations; (3) principal component analyses (PCAs) to detect groups; (4) Pearson correlations between the groups; and (5) regressions. The first step provided the base to carry out the PCAs, from which three groups for the pedagogical approaches (Universal, Social, and Environmental) and three for the sustainability competences (Extrospective-social, Introspective-personal, and Cogitative-processual) were obtained. The correlations between the groups showed that: (1) the competences are closely interrelated; (2) the pedagogical approaches are somehow interrelated; and (3) the pedagogical approaches are somehow interrelated to the competences. The regressions showed that the Universal and Social groups would be most suitable to develop all the competences' groups. The Environmental group develops only the cogitative-processual competences' group. The results served as bases to propose the Sustainability Teaching System (STS), which provides deeper insights into the system of pedagogical approaches and sustainability competences by grouping them, as well as showing directionality and strength. To improve sustainability teaching, it is necessary to understand the pedagogical approaches' groups and how they can develop the competences' groups.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Wiley, 2023
National Category
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Pedagogy Didactics
Research subject
no Strategic Research Area (SFO)
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-39878 (URN)10.1002/sd.2396 (DOI)000849324300001 ()2-s2.0-85137348653 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2022-09-02 Created: 2022-09-02 Last updated: 2023-02-06Bibliographically approved
Lozano, R. & Barreiro-Gen, M. (2023). Organisations' contributions to sustainability. An analysis of impacts on the Sustainable Development Goals. Business Strategy and the Environment, 32(6), 3371-3382
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2023 (English)In: Business Strategy and the Environment, ISSN 0964-4733, E-ISSN 1099-0836, Vol. 32, no 6, p. 3371-3382Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Organisations have been driving sustainability, where some efforts have focussed on the organisation itself and some on how organisations contribute to society, such as addressing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Although organisations have been working to address the SDGs, there has been limited integration of the SDGs in organisation systems. This paper aimed at analysing how organisations have been addressing the SDGs. A survey was developed to investigate the impacts and contribution of organisations to sustainability, where 294 responses were obtained for the questions on organisations' impacts to the sustainability. The data were analysed using descriptive analysis: Friedman test to rank the impacts on the SDGs and divided into quartiles; a ratio analysis between positive impacts and negative impacts; and correlations. The results show that organisations' impacts on the SDGs are quite generalisable to all types of organisations, with three exceptions (SDGs 4, 5 and 16). The results also served to develop an SDG impact categorisation. The correlation analysis showed that organisations address the SDGs through a compartmentalised approach. The results helped to propose the ‘organisations' impacts on the SDGs framework’ focussing on the contribution of organisations to sustainability. This research shows that organisations can contribute directly to some of the SDGs, but not to others. Therefore, the discourse must change from integration of SDGs on organisations to the contribution that organisations can have on the SDGs.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Wiley, 2023
National Category
Environmental Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-40526 (URN)10.1002/bse.3305 (DOI)000888665000001 ()2-s2.0-85142237005 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2022-11-28 Created: 2022-11-28 Last updated: 2023-09-12Bibliographically approved
Lozano, R., Barreiro-Gen, M., Pietikäinen, J., Gago‐Cortes, C., Favi, C., Jimenez Munguia, M. T., . . . Gladysz, B. (2022). Adopting sustainability competence‐based education in academic disciplines: Insights from 13 higher education institutions. Sustainable Development, 30(4), 620-635
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2022 (English)In: Sustainable Development, ISSN 2160-7540, E-ISSN 2160-7559, Vol. 30, no 4, p. 620-635Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) have been incorporating sustainability into education and curricula, where recent research has focussed on sustainability competences, pedagogical approaches, and how to connect them, generally on a single HEI. The process of integrating sustainability into education based on curricula assessment has been explained using adoption of innovations; and has the potential to explain the process of developing competences through pedagogical approaches. The aim of this paper is to investigate this process at academic discipline level. An online survey was developed to investigate teaching sustainability competences in 13 HEIs, from which 678 responses from educators were obtained. The competences and pedagogical approaches from the responses were ranked, and then the connections between the competences and pedagogical approaches per discipline were analysed using a correlations-based framework, from which three disciplines groups were created. The groups were categorised using diffusion of innovations theory, which indicated that some disciplines are more innovative than others in adopting sustainability competence-based teaching. The results are used to propose two frameworks to better understand the adoption of sustainability competence-based teaching: 1) the D-RAPID framework; and 2) the Disciplinary Multi-dimensional Sustainability Influence Change for Academia (D-MuSICA) memework. The adoption of sustainability competence-base education must expand from a single HEI perspective to a disciplinary collaborative one spanning many HEIs, where academic disciplines should learn from each other’s insights and mistakes and provide students with more transdisciplinary skillsets to make societies more sustainable.  

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
John Wiley & Sons, 2022
Keywords
Development, Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
National Category
Pedagogy Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Environmental Sciences
Research subject
no Strategic Research Area (SFO)
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-37261 (URN)10.1002/sd.2253 (DOI)000709195400001 ()2-s2.0-85117386169 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2021-10-24 Created: 2021-10-24 Last updated: 2022-08-15Bibliographically approved
Lozano, R., Bautista-Puig, N. & Barreiro-Gen, M. (2022). Developing a sustainability competences paradigm in higher education or a white elephant?. Sustainable Development, 30(5), 870-883
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2022 (English)In: Sustainable Development, ISSN 0968-0802, E-ISSN 1099-1719, Vol. 30, no 5, p. 870-883Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Higher education institutions (HEIs) have been at the forefront in creating and breaking paradigms, and educating the future decision-makers, entrepreneurs, and leaders. In the last decade, there have been many efforts to develop sustainability competences in HEIs to ensure that students are prepared for challenges in making societies more sustainable. Recent discourses have focussed on how educators use pedagogical approaches to develop such competences, which has begun to create a sustainability competences paradigm. This research focuses on the benefits and challenges of teaching sustainability, the use of pedagogical approaches, and the developmentof competences. A survey was sent to 4099 European HEI educators, with 319 full responses obtained for the open-ended questions. The data was analysed using quantitative content analysis and network analysis. The results provide insights into the rankings of the benefits, and challenges in teaching, competences, and pedagogical approaches. The co-occurrence maps show a high students' awareness and engagement when educators use pedagogical approaches other than lecturing, and they focus on providing a practice-oriented perspective. The research discusses that in order to develop a sustainability competences paradigm the benefits of teaching sustainability, using pedagogical approaches, and development of competences need to be fostered, whereas the challenges need to be addressed to avoid creating a White Elephant. The development of sustainability competences in HEI can lead to more sustainability literate decision-makers, leaders, scientists, and professionals, and thus, better address the pressing challenges that ail our societies and Earth.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Wiley, 2022
Keywords
competence, European higher education institutions, higher education for sustainable development, paradigm, pedagogy
National Category
Learning Pedagogy Environmental Sciences
Research subject
no Strategic Research Area (SFO)
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-37804 (URN)10.1002/sd.2286 (DOI)000748769300001 ()2-s2.0-85123951247 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2022-02-02 Created: 2022-02-02 Last updated: 2023-04-27Bibliographically approved
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