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Transferring Sustainability Solutions across Contexts through City–University Partnerships

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School for the Future of Innovation in Society, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ 85281, USA
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Faculty of Sustainability, Leuphana University of Lüneburg, D-21335 Lüneburg, Germany
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Institute for Sustainable Solutions, Portland State University, Portland, OR 97201, USA
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Laboratorio Nacional de Ciencias de la Sostenibilidad, Instituto de Ecología, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Ciudad de México 04510, CDMX, México
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Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, 76131 Karlsruhe, Germany
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School of Sustainability, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ 85281, USA
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Sustainability 2018, 10(9), 2966; https://doi.org/10.3390/su10092966
Received: 15 June 2018 / Revised: 15 August 2018 / Accepted: 20 August 2018 / Published: 21 August 2018
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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. View Full-Text
Keywords: sustainability; cities; universities; city–university partnerships; sustainability solutions; capacity-building sustainability; cities; universities; city–university partnerships; sustainability solutions; capacity-building
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Withycombe Keeler, L.; Beaudoin, F.D.; Lerner, A.M.; John, B.; Beecroft, R.; Tamm, K.; Wiek, A.; Lang, D.J. Transferring Sustainability Solutions across Contexts through City–University Partnerships. Sustainability 2018, 10, 2966.

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