Student participation in the co-creation of knowledge and social experiments for advancing sustainability: Experiences from the University of Tokyo

Gregory Trencher, Toru Terada, Masaru Yarime

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Abstract

Universities around the world are increasingly engaging in multi-stakeholder collaborations for the co-creation of knowledge, tools and experiments with social and technical systems for advancing societal sustainability. With much of these initiatives conceived primarily as faculty research projects, implications of knowledge co-creation for student sustainability learning and education are largely under examined. This study analyses experiences from a multi-stakeholder partnership at the University of Tokyo that demonstrated a pathway towards a low-carbon and elderly citizen friendly reform of the neighbouring City of Kashiwa. Through a framework of four key models of student participation observed in this case, we examine how each contributes to the co-creation of knowledge and social experiments. We also consider for each the enabling conditions, potential barriers and strategies to overcome these, and lastly, how student sustainability learning may be enhanced.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)56-63
Number of pages8
JournalCurrent Opinion in Environmental Sustainability
Volume16
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Oct 1
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Social Sciences(all)

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