Universities as Living Labs for Sustainable Development

Supporting the Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals

  • Walter Leal Filho
  • Amanda Lange Salvia
  • Rudi W. Pretorius
  • Luciana Londero Brandli
  • Evangelos Manolas
  • Fatima Alves
  • Ulisses Azeiteiro
  • Judy Rogers
  • Chris Shiel
  • Arminda Do Paco

Part of the World Sustainability Series book series (WSUSE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Campus as Living Labs for the SDGs

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Chris Shiel, Neil Smith, Elena Cantarello
      Pages 11-27
    3. Luciana Londero Brandli, Amanda Lange Salvia, Vanessa Tibola da Rocha, Janaina Mazutti, Giovana Reginatto
      Pages 47-68
    4. Eric Pallant, Beth Choate, Benjamin Haywood
      Pages 69-85
    5. Issa Ibrahim Berchin, Wellyngton Silva de Amorim, Isabela Blasi Valduga, Mauri Luiz Heerdt, José Baltazar Salgueirinho Osório de Andrade Guerra
      Pages 87-102
    6. João Marcelo Pereira Ribeiro, Aline Autran, Stephane Louise Boca Santa, Ana Valquiria Jonck, Mica Magtoto, Rafael Ávila Faraco et al.
      Pages 103-119
    7. Jasmin Irisha Jim Ilham, Malik Hisyam Zaihan, Sakiinah Mahamad Hakimi, Mahamad Hakimi Ibrahim, Shakirin Shahrul
      Pages 121-133
    8. L. A. Verhoef, M. Bossert, J. Newman, F. Ferraz, Z. P. Robinson, Y. Agarwala et al.
      Pages 135-149
    9. Ursula Maruyama, Patricia Prado, Aline Trigo, Jose Trigo
      Pages 151-166
    10. Dena Fam, Abby Mellick Lopes, Katie Ross, Alexandra Crosby
      Pages 167-182
    11. Amy Walsh, Eleni Michalopoulou, Aisling Tierney, Hannah Tweddell, Chris Preist, Chris Willmore
      Pages 183-191
    12. Silvia Albareda-Tiana, Jorge Ruíz-Morales, Pilar Azcárate, Rocío Valderrama-Hernández, José Manuel Múñoz
      Pages 193-210
    13. Wing Thye Woo, Hock Lye Koh, Su Yean Teh
      Pages 265-282
  3. Education for Sustainable Development

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 301-301
    2. Ana Paula Pessotto, Janaína Macke, Fernanda Frankenberger
      Pages 383-397
    3. Cahyono Agus, Pita Asih Bekti Cahyanti, Bambang Widodo, Yuyun Yulia, Siti Rochmiyati
      Pages 471-486
    4. Theam Foo Ng, Maurice Ian Wee, Fatin Nabilla Ariffin, Ahmad Firdaus Ahmad Shabudin, Mohd Sayuti Hassan
      Pages 533-544
  4. Sustainability Processes and Practices

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 619-619
    2. Adriana Gelpi, Rosa Maria Locatelli Kalil, Wagner Mazetto de Oliveira
      Pages 697-716
    3. S. L. Galván, N. G. Faitani, L. V. Sosa, D. N. Lopez de Munain, R. O. Bielsa
      Pages 717-732
    4. Maria F. C. Lemos, Lilian Saback, Luiz F. G. Rego, Melissa C. Antunes, Renata A. Lopes
      Pages 733-746
    5. Normaliza Abdul Manaf, Bahruddin Saad, Aishah A. Latiff, Suzyrman Sibly
      Pages 747-760

About this book


This book fills an important gap in the literature, and presents contributions from scientists and researchers working in the field of sustainable development who have engaged in dynamic approaches to implementing sustainability in higher education. It is widely known that universities are key players in terms of the implementation and further development of sustainability, with some having the potential of acting as “living labs” in this rapidly growing field. Yet there are virtually no publications that explore the living labs concept as it relates to sustainability, and in an integrated manner. The aims of this book, which is an outcome of the “4th World Symposium on Sustainable Development at Universities” (WSSD-U-2018), held in Malaysia in 2018, are as follows:
i. to document the experiences of universities from all around the world in curriculum innovation, research, activities and practical projects as they relate to sustainable development at the university level;
ii. to disseminate information, ideas and experiences acquired in the execution of projects, including successful initiatives and good practice;
iii. to introduce and discuss methodological approaches and projects that seek to integrate the topic of sustainable development in the curricula of universities; and
iv. to promote the scalability of existing and future models from universities as living labs for sustainable development.

The papers are innovative, cross-cutting and many reflect practice-based experiences, some of which may be replicable elsewhere. Also, this book, prepared by the Inter-University Sustainable Development Research Programme (IUSDRP) and the World Sustainable Development Research and Transfer Centre (WSD-RTC), reinforces the role played by universities as living labs for sustainable development.


Sustainability in Higher Education Living Labs for Sustainability Sustainability Research Sustainability Teaching Sustainable Development WSSD-U-2018

Editors and affiliations

  • Walter Leal Filho
    • 1
  • Amanda Lange Salvia
    • 2
  • Rudi W. Pretorius
    • 3
  • Luciana Londero Brandli
    • 4
  • Evangelos Manolas
    • 5
  • Fatima Alves
    • 6
  • Ulisses Azeiteiro
    • 7
  • Judy Rogers
    • 8
  • Chris Shiel
    • 9
  • Arminda Do Paco
    • 10
  1. 1.European School of Sustainability Science and ResearchHAW HamburgHamburgGermany
  2. 2.European School of Sustainability Science and ResearchHAW HamburgHamburgGermany
  3. 3.Department of GeographyUniversity of South AfricaJohannesburgSouth Africa
  4. 4.University of Passo FundoPasso FundoBrazil
  5. 5.Democritus University of ThraceKomotiniGreece
  6. 6.Department of Social Sciences and ManagementUniversidade AbertaPortoPortugal
  7. 7.Universidade de AveiroAveiroPortugal
  8. 8.School of Architecture and DesignRMIT UniversityMelbourneAustralia
  9. 9.Department of Life and Environmental ScienceBournemouth UniversityPooleUK
  10. 10.Department of Business and Economics, Research Unit NECEUniversidade da Beira InteriorCovilhaPortugal

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