Global Stakeholder Networks for Impactful Sustainability Research and Education

Research Stream: Education for Sustainable Development

Researcher: Dr. Isabel B. Franco - JSPS Postdoctoral Research Fellow (UNU-IAS). Email: franco@unu.edu

Research Objective:  This research is aimed to better understand higher education institutions’ and relevant stakeholders’ perceptions about how stakeholder networks can better collaborate for impactful sustainability research and education at the community level. It is also intended to understand how existing initiatives connect to sustainable development goals and how valuable they are within local communities.

 Your feedback will also help us to build knowledge about pressing challenges and opportunities in a multi-stakeholder collaboration scenario, so that education and research can be better targeted to achieve SDGs. This study also recommends ways of collaborating more effectively for the implementation of sustainability research and education within local communities. Best practices will be shared and disseminated through publications (academic articles, policy briefs, digital content, etc).  

* Impactful Research and Education: For the purpose of this research impactful sustainability research and education will be understood as community-impact initiatives, driven by higher education institutions themselves, or in collaboration with external stakeholders (governments, industry, civil society organizations), to achieve SDGs at the community-level.
 
Informed Consent:  I understand the scope and objective of this research and I agree to participate in this project on a voluntary basis. I understand that my comments will be kept confidential and anonymous to protect individual and institutional identities.

Thank you for your participation!

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* 1. Where is your campus located? Please mark and complete the box below as appropriate

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* 2. What are the current trends in education and research for sustainable development in the local context?

If any, please list up to three examples of sustainability research and education initiatives led by your campus in collaboration with external stakeholders (governments, industry and civil society organizations) and how they align with the SDGs.

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* 3. How would you describe the overall collaboration between your campus and other stakeholders (local communities, governments, industry, civil society organizations, etc.) to address pressing sustainability challenges at the community-level?

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* 4. Based on your experience collaborating as a network member, what factors do think hinder or foster stakeholder collaboration (amongst higher education institutions, local community, government, industry, and civil society organizations) for impactful sustainability research and education at the community level?

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* 5. Based on your previous answer, how do you think stakeholders involved can overcome the abovementioned hindering factors?

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* 6. Could you please list up to three sustainability education and research areas you perceive impactful for local communities?

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* 7. How do you think these areas are valuable for local communities? List some examples

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* 8. How important is a gender perspective within sustainability research and education at your institution?

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* 9. If any, please list up to three impactful sustainability initiatives/projects driven by your campus or in collaboration with external stakeholders which focus on engagement with women and girls in local communities and their alignment with SDGs.

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* 10. What are the impactful sustainability education and research areas to address pressing women issues? List up to three in each category

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