University engagement in achieving sustainable development goals: a synthesis of case studies from the SUEUAA study

Neary, J. and Osborne, M. (2018) University engagement in achieving sustainable development goals: a synthesis of case studies from the SUEUAA study. Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 58(3),

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While initial discussions of the third mission of universities focussed on market-orientated behaviours of universities, more recently it has been connected to activities that focus on social justice and promoting sustainability (Trencher, Bai, Evans, McCormick & Yarime, 2014; Appe & Barragán, 2017). It has been suggested that the third mission of universities in the Global South may be particularly significant in addressing acutely felt issues of climate change, economic inequalities, food insecurity and urban sprawl. The current paper explores this and asks whether the quadruple helix (Carayannis & Campbell, 2010) is visible in their engagement activities. Using a synthesis of case studies developed as part of the ‘Strengthening Urban Engagement of Universities in Africa and Asia’ (SUEUAA) project, a collaborative research project spanning seven cities (Glasgow; Harare; Dar-es-Salaam; Johannesburg; Duhok; Sanandaj; and Manila), we explore ongoing engagement activities where universities respond to city demand. We frame this in terms of Sustainable Development Goals. Results indicate while universities were seen to address city demands, they often reacted without a network of other influential actors (i.e. industry, local government or NGO partners). This suggests that currently, the quadruple helix is underdeveloped in these cities, and more work should be done in creating closer links.

Item Type:Articles
Keywords:Third mission, Global South, quadruple helix, community engagement.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Osborne, Professor Michael and Neary, Dr Joanne
Authors: Neary, J., and Osborne, M.
Subjects:G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
L Education > LG Individual institutions (Asia. Africa)
S Agriculture > SH Aquaculture. Fisheries. Angling
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > General Practice and Primary Care
College of Social Sciences > School of Education > Social Justice Place and Lifelong Education
Journal Name:Australian Journal of Adult Learning
Journal Abbr.:AJAL
Publisher:Adult Learning Australia

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
3009490Strengthening Urban Engagement of Universities in Asia and Africa (SUEUAA)Michael OsborneBritish Academy (BRITACAD)CI170271ED - Education