Emerging areas in research on higher education for sustainable development - Management education, sustainable consumption and perspectives from Central and Eastern Europe

Maik Adomßent, Daniel Fischer, Jasmin Godemann, Christian Herzig, Insa Otte, Marco Rieckmann, Jana Timm*

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Abstract

Management education for sustainable development, sustainable consumption in higher education institutions, and higher education for sustainable development in Central and Eastern Europe can be considered as three highly relevant emerging areas in research on higher education for sustainable development. The transformation of management education to meet the increasing societal demands for responsible business has been reinforced in the light of the current economic situation. In this context, it is explored which competencies are needed for tomorrow's business professionals and which concepts and approaches are useful to foster these competencies. With regard to sustainable consumption, several universities have initiated creative projects that have transformed campus life and have had an impact on staff's and students' attitudes and behaviour. Moreover, initiatives in Central and Eastern Europe show interesting developments, for example how sustainability issues have been integrated into the curriculum, particularly in the context of intense coal mining as well as urban planning. Thus, this Special Volume of the Journal of Cleaner Production presents the current progress in concepts and practices in the three emerging areas management education for sustainable development, sustainable consumption in higher education institutions, and higher education for sustainable development in Central and Eastern Europe, which to date have not been intensively discussed in the scientific discourse on higher education for sustainable development. In an overall manner, the Special Volume provides evidence that the following issues are of particular importance for future research and development in higher education for sustainable development: measuring learning outcomes; accounting for different geographical, political and cultural contexts for higher education for sustainable development; and prioritising strategies for sustainable organisational change.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-7
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Cleaner Production
Volume62
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Central and Eastern Europe
  • Higher education
  • Higher education for sustainable development
  • Management education
  • Sustainability
  • Sustainable consumption

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