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Liverpool Knowledge Quarter Sustainability Network: Case Study

Hanmer-Dwight, R (2019) Liverpool Knowledge Quarter Sustainability Network: Case Study. International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education. ISSN 1467-6370

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Abstract

Purpose – This paper case studies the development of the Liverpool Knowledge Quarter Sustainability Network (KQSN). It outlines the sectors included in the collaborative knowledge-sharing, the nature of the work it facilitates, and considers how the network can transform its existing objectives around the shared vision of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Design/methodology/approach – The KQSN operates in a collaborative cross-sectoral forum to support, facilitate or coordinate projects around sustainability, with core leads sitting in Higher Education and Healthcare. Findings – The KQSN supports projects through collaborative activity, and enables members to access specialist advice available through the network. Through its membership, the KQSN is primed to develop metrics for demonstrating Knowledge Quarter SDG-aligned activity. The KQSN has scope to increase its level of implementation arising from its shared values, with a renewed focus around the SDGs. Practical implications – This paper contributes to the 2018 EAUC Annual Conference theme of ‘Collaborations for Change’ and the need for transformative partnerships that are prepared to align their mission to the SDGs. Originality/value – Unlike discipline- or sector-specific networks, the KQSN has an inclusive membership, making it an original multi-disciplinary sustainability platform for neighbouring organisations in and around Liverpool's Knowledge Quarter. This case study can support other knowledge cluster communities to replicate its model. This case study also presents a diverse range of small projects, which are easily replicable and hopefully will inspire others to do something similar.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 13 Education, 05 Environmental Sciences
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: Safety, Health & Environment
Publisher: Emerald
Date Deposited: 25 Jul 2019 12:40
Last Modified: 15 Oct 2019 09:00
DOI or Identification number: 10.1108/IJSHE-01-2019-0049
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/11123

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