Higher Education in a Sustainable Society

A Case for Mutual Competence Building

  • Hans Chr. Garmann Johnsen
  • Stina Torjesen
  • Richard Ennals

Part of the CSR, Sustainability, Ethics & Governance book series (CSEG)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Hans Christian Garmann Johnsen, Stina Torjesen, Richard Ennals
    Pages 1-16
  3. Sustainability in a Humanistic and Cultural Perspective

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 17-18
    2. Jon P. Knudsen
      Pages 29-50
    3. Claire Vaugelade Berg, Barbro Grevholm, Åse Haraldstad, Bente Velle Hellang, Annbjørg Håøy, Aslaug Kristiansen et al.
      Pages 51-64
  4. Sustainability in Life Science

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 65-65
    2. Åshild Slettebø
      Pages 67-77
    3. Elling Bere
      Pages 79-91
  5. Sustainability in Technology and Planning Studies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 93-94
    2. Halvor Holtskog, Richard Ennals, Hans Christian Garmann Johnsen
      Pages 113-126
    3. Mikaela Vasstrøm, Hans Kjetil Lysgård
      Pages 127-143
  6. Sustainability and the Teaching of Management and Business Development

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 145-146
    2. Richard Ennals
      Pages 177-195
    3. Karen Landmark, Marianne Rodvelt, Stina Torjesen
      Pages 197-205
  7. The Sustainable University

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 207-208
    2. Rómulo Pinheiro, Maryam Faghihimani, Jarle Trondal
      Pages 209-227
    3. Richard Ennals, Hans Christian Garmann Johnsen
      Pages 241-256
  8. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 257-258
    2. Hans Christian Garmann Johnsen, Stina Torjesen, Richard Ennals
      Pages 259-270
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 271-301

About this book


This book addresses the following question: What is a sustainable society, and how can higher education help us to develop toward it? The core argument put forward is that the concept of sustainability reaches much farther than just the direct aspects of environmental threats and carbon emissions. Using higher education as a point of departure, the book shows that sustainability involves a broad range of disciplines, from nursing and nutrition to technology and management. It argues that a sustainable society entails a distinct perspective on society that influences our social thinking in terms of ethics, democracy and knowledge development. The book also discusses if (and if so, how) higher education can and should contribute to such a development based on the principles of the freedom of science in a liberal, democratic society. The book presents Mutual Competence Building as a concept higher education can adapt in order to contribute to a sustainable Society.


Intervention Knowledge development Social development Sustainability and care Sustainability in life science Sustainability in technology Sustainable diets Sustainable education Sustainable manfacturing Universities

Editors and affiliations

  • Hans Chr. Garmann Johnsen
    • 1
  • Stina Torjesen
    • 2
  • Richard Ennals
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Working Life & InnovationUniversity of AgderGrimstadNorway
  2. 2.Department of EconomicsUniversity of AgderKristiansandNorway
  3. 3.Department of Working Life & InnovationUniversity of AgderGrimstadNorway

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