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Transferring sustainability solutions across contexts through city-university partnerships

Keeler, L. W.; Beaudoin, F. D.; Lerner, A. M.; John, B.; Beecroft, R. ORCID iD icon 1; Tamm, K. 1; Wiek, A.; Lang, D. J. ORCID iD icon
1 Institut für Technikfolgenabschätzung und Systemanalyse (ITAS), Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)


The urgency of climate change and other sustainability challenges makes transferring and scaling solutions between cities a necessity. However, solutions are deeply contextual. To accelerate solution efforts, there is a need to understand how context shapes the development of solutions. Universities are well positioned to work with cities on transferring solutions from and to other cities. This paper analyses five case studies of city–university partnerships in three countries on transferring solutions. Our analysis suggests that understanding the interest, the action on sustainability, and the individual and collective sustainability competences on the part of the city administration and the university can help facilitate the transfer of sustainability solutions across contexts. We conclude that the nature of the city–university partnership is essential to solution transfer and that new and existing networks can be used to accelerate progress on the 2030 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Verlagsausgabe §
DOI: 10.5445/IR/1000086277
Veröffentlicht am 15.10.2018
DOI: 10.3390/su10092966
Zitationen: 22
Web of Science
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Cover der Publikation
Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Technikfolgenabschätzung und Systemanalyse (ITAS)
Publikationstyp Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Publikationsjahr 2018
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator ISSN: 2071-1050
KITopen-ID: 1000086277
HGF-Programm 36.02.01 (POF III, LK 01) Sustainability and Environment
Erschienen in Sustainability
Verlag MDPI
Band 10
Heft 9
Seiten 2966
Schlagwörter sustainability; cities; universities; city–university partnerships; sustainability solutions; capacity-building
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