Now that the Earth has reached the limits of its biophysical carrying capacity, we have to change techlogies, social practices and social rms relating to material production and consumption to ensure that we do t further jeopardize the functioning of our planet's life support systems. Through research, education and civic engagement, universities have a pivotal role to play in this transition. This timely book explores how universities are establishing living laboratories for sustainable development, and examines the communication networks and kwledge infrastructures that underpin impact both on and beyond the campus. The expert contributors present case studies of living laboratories being built in leading universities across four continents. Their aim is to cultivate the transition to sustainable development by actively fostering social and techlogical change to improve use of natural resources and reduce pollution. They are designed to link research, education and practice and to integrate kwledge across disciplines to develop more socially robust approaches to improving sustainability. Directing attention to what enables and constrains learning in communities of multiple and very diverse stakeholders in such laboratories can contribute to a better general understanding of factors influencing the chance of success (or failure), and the institutional arrangements, rms and values that accompany it. Focussing on social learning processes to drive societal change for sustainable development, this fascinating book will prove an invaluable read for academics, researchers, students and policymakers in the fields of higher education, regional and urban studies, public policy and the environment, and development studies.
Edited by Ariane Konig, Head of Sustainable Development and Senior Researcher, University of Luxembourg