Sustainable Development Goals in University Strategies: Making Sense of Sustainable Development in the Context of a Finnish University

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    Abstract

    Universities across the world adopt sustainable development goals (SDGs) as part of their strategies for achieving sustainability throughout their various departments or subjects. However, each department may understand sustainability and, as a result, the SDGs differently. These differences may consequently impact how the Goals are operationalised and implemented in practice. This qualitative study aims to review and analyse how sustainable development and SDGs are understood and implemented based on the university strategy in the context of Åbo Akademi University, Finland. Specifically, by interviewing the teaching and research staff, the research investigates how the staff of the university make sense of sustainable development and SDGs, as well as whether their understanding aligns with the overall strategy of the university. The findings highlight issues that higher education institutions may need to address in the communication and popularisation of sustainable development.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationHandbook of Best Practices in Sustainable Development at University Level.
    Subtitle of host publicationWorld Sustainability Series.
    EditorsW. Leal Filho, C.R. Portela de Vasconcelos
    PublisherSpringer
    Pages3-19
    ISBN (Electronic)978-3-031-04764-0
    ISBN (Print)978-3-031-04763-3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 6 Jul 2022
    MoE publication typeA3 Part of a book or another research book

    Publication series

    NameWorld Sustainability Series
    ISSN (Print)2199-7373
    ISSN (Electronic)2199-7381

    Keywords

    • SDGs
    • HEI
    • university strategy
    • Finland
    • sustainable development

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