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Integrated management systems for enhancing education for sustainable development in universities: a memetic approach
University of Turku, Finland; Novia University of Applied Sciences, Finland.
University of Turku, Finland.
University of Gävle, Faculty of Engineering and Sustainable Development, Department of Industrial Development, IT and Land Management. University of Gävle, Center for Logistics and Innovative Production.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5661-2917
2015 (English)In: Journal of Cleaner Production, ISSN 0959-6526, Vol. 106, 155-163 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

There is a need for new approaches for enhancing education for sustainable development in universities. Memetics, which is about effective pathways of communication, could be such a new, promising approach. Quality assurance is required in universities to secure and improve education, which could be another approach. The aim of this study is to look into whether and how frameworks for processes and procedures for quality assurance, such as management systems, could be utilized to promote higher education for sustainable development. The study approaches this from both a theoretical and a practical standpoint. An evolutionary perspective was chosen, considering higher education for sustainable development and management systems as memes, or basic units of cultural replication. The practical context was studied by looking into how 11 universities in the Nordic countries have enhanced ESD with management systems. We found that both higher education for sustainable development and management systems could be considered successful memes and that management systems could be applied to enhance higher education for sustainable development.

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2015. Vol. 106, 155-163 p.
Keyword [en]
Higher education for sustainable development, Integrated management systems, Meme, The Nordic countries, Quality assurance, Universities
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-16486DOI: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2014.03.048ISI: 000359955900016Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84938214677OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-16486DiVA: diva2:709913
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Bridges for a more sustainable future: Joining Environmental Management for Sustainable Universities (EMSU) and the European Roundtable for Sustainable Consumption and Production (ERSCP) conferences
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ESDAN
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Nordic Council of Ministers
Available from: 2014-04-03 Created: 2014-04-03 Last updated: 2017-01-10Bibliographically approved

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