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See detailEnvironmental and sustainability education in the Benelux countries: Research, policy and practices at the intersection of education and societal transformation
Van Poeck, Katrien; König, Ariane UL; Wals, Arjen E.J.

in Environmental Education Research (in press), (Special Issue),

As an introductory article of a Special Issue on Environmental and Sustainability Education (ESE) in the Benelux region, this paper provides an overview of ESE research, policy and practice in Belgium ... [more ▼]

As an introductory article of a Special Issue on Environmental and Sustainability Education (ESE) in the Benelux region, this paper provides an overview of ESE research, policy and practice in Belgium, The Netherlands and Luxembourg. It discusses the different contributions in this collection with regard to how the central theme of this issue, the relation between education and societal transformation, is approached in each paper. The main characteristics of the ESE research fields in the Benelux are described in general terms, and placed within the context of how ESE policy and practice are organised in these countries. Next, different conceptualisations of the relation between educational and political spaces reflected in the collection are discussed and the varied contributions to this issue are positioned in relation to three distinguished traditions of approaching the place of democracy in ESE. The authors conclude with commenting on how this relates to different approaches to the research-policy-practice interface. [less ▲]

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See detailEnvironmental and Sustainability Education (ESE) in the Benelux region
Van Poeck, Katrien; Wals, Arjen E.J.; König, Ariane UL

in Environmental Education Research (in press)

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See detailEnvironmental and Sustainability Education in the Benelux Region
Van Poeck, Katrien; Wals, Arjen E.J.; König, Ariane UL

in Environmental Education Research (in press), (Special Issue),

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See detailExploring alternative futures with scenarios
Drenth, Gerard; Elahi, Shirin; König, Ariane UL

in König, Ariane (Ed.) Sustainability Science: Key issues (2018)

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See detailSustainability science as a transformative social learning process
König, Ariane UL

in König, Ariane (Ed.) Sustainability science: Key issues (2018)

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See detailOutlook
König, Ariane UL

in König, Ariane (Ed.) Sustainability science: Key issues (2018)

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See detailCommunity-based monitoring for improved water governance: A case study in Holbox Island, Quintana Roo State, Mexico
Tran, Kim Chi; König, Ariane UL

in König, Ariane (Ed.) Sustainability Science: Key issues (2018)

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See detailSustainability science: Key issues
König, Ariane UL

Book published by Routledge (2018)

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See detailSystems approaches for transforming social practice: Design requirements
König, Ariane UL

in König, Ariane (Ed.) Sustainability Science: Key issues (2018)

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See detailHow can Integrated Valuation of Ecosystem Services help understanding and steering agroecological transitions?
Dendoncker, Nicolas; Boeraeve, Fanny; Crouzat, Emilie et al

in Ecology and Society (2018), 23(1), 12

Agroecology has been proposed as a promising concept to foster the resilience and sustainability of agroecosystems and rural territories. Agroecological practices are based on optimizing ecosystem ... [more ▼]

Agroecology has been proposed as a promising concept to foster the resilience and sustainability of agroecosystems and rural territories. Agroecological practices are based on optimizing ecosystem services (ES) at the landscape, farm, and parcel scales. Recent progress in research on designing agroecological transitions highlights the necessity for coconstructed processes that draw on various sources of knowledge based on shared concepts. But despite the sense of urgency linked to agroecological transitions, feedbacks from real-world implementation remain patchy. The ability of integrated and participatory ES assessments to support this transition remains largely underexplored, although their potential to enhance learning processes and to build a shared territorial perspective is widely recognized. The overarching question that will be asked in this paper is thus: what is the potential of the ES framework to support the understanding and steering of agroecological transitions? We argue that conducting collaborative and integrated assessments of ES bundles can (i) increase our understanding of the ecological and social drivers that support a transition toward agroecological systems, and (ii) help design agroecological systems based on ES delivery and effectively accompany transition management based on shared knowledge, codesigned future objectives, and actual on-the-ground implementation. In this paper, we discuss this question and propose a four-step integrated ES assessment framework specifically targeted at understanding and steering agricultural transitions that is generic enough to be applied in different contexts. [less ▲]

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See detailLearning to confront complexity: What roles can a computer-based problem-solving scenario play?
Sonnleitner, Philipp UL; König, Ariane UL; Sikharulidze, Tea UL

in Environmental Education Research (2017)

This paper gives an example of how computer-based problem-solving scenarios can be embedded in a course on sustainability, in order to illustrate the highly versatile way in which such scenarios can be ... [more ▼]

This paper gives an example of how computer-based problem-solving scenarios can be embedded in a course on sustainability, in order to illustrate the highly versatile way in which such scenarios can be used to structure and evaluate learning on complexity on an individual level, as well as learning in diverse groups. After defining criteria, a computer-based problem-solving scenario has to meet in order to be useful for training competencies associated with confronting complexity, the application of one specific scenario, the Genetics Lab, is empirically evaluated on base of three student cohorts. Results suggest that existing approaches to sustainability education can be substantially complemented by computer-based problem-solving scenarios, offering genuine learning opportunities and deepening and personalizing the comprehension of known phenomena in complex problem-solving. The paper closes by offering lessons learned from the presented approach and gives advice and outlook on future applications of such scenarios in sustainability education. [less ▲]

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See detailTransforming the World by Transforming the University: Envisioning the University of 2040
König, Ariane UL; Dyball, Robert; Davila, Federico

in Solutions (2016), 7(3), 12-16

This article is part of a regular section in Solutions in which the author is challenged to envision a future society in which all the right changes have been made.

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See detailLearning through evaluation e A tentative evaluative scheme for sustainability transition experiments
Luederitz, Christopher; Schäpke, Niko; Wiek, Arnim et al

in Journal of Cleaner Production (2016), xxx

Transitions towards sustainability are urgently needed to address the interconnected challenges of economic development, ecological integrity, and social justice, from local to global scales. Around the ... [more ▼]

Transitions towards sustainability are urgently needed to address the interconnected challenges of economic development, ecological integrity, and social justice, from local to global scales. Around the world, collaborative science-society initiatives are forming to conduct experiments in support of sustainability transitions. Such experiments, if carefully designed, provide significant learning opportunities for making progress on transition efforts. Yet, there is no broadly applicable evaluative scheme available to capture this critical information across a large number of cases, and to guide the design of transition experiments. To address this gap, the article develops such a scheme, in a tentative form, drawing on evaluative research and sustainability transitions scholarship, alongside insights from empirical cases. We critically discuss the scheme's key features of being generic, comprehensive, operational, and formative. Furthermore, we invite scholars and practitioners to apply, reflect and further develop the proposed tentative scheme e making evaluation and experiments objects of learning. [less ▲]

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See detailChanging requisites to higher education in the face of 21st century sustainability challenges.
König, Ariane UL

in Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability (2015), 16

Sustainability science aims to enhance our understanding and increase our repertoire of action on urgent complex problems of how to reconcile our societal metabolism with the biophysical carrying capacity ... [more ▼]

Sustainability science aims to enhance our understanding and increase our repertoire of action on urgent complex problems of how to reconcile our societal metabolism with the biophysical carrying capacity of the earth. Sustainability science thus requires new forms of interaction between the natural and social sciences and between science and society. Universities across the globe are re-thinking their mission accordingly. This paper summarizes changing conceptions of science, knowledge and practice and on this basis it identifies a set of requisites to learning, teaching and research in universities that aim to foster systemic change. This set structures the overview on the fourteen contributions to this special issue on how leading universities across five continents stage transformative learning opportunities. These contributions are developed from a wide range of perspectives from diverse academic disciplines and practice. [less ▲]

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See detailChanging requisites to higher education in the face of 21st century sustainability challenges
König, Ariane UL; Budwig, Nancy

in Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability (2015), 16

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See detailTowards systemic change: On the co-creation and evaluation of a study programme in transformative sustainability science with stakeholders in Luxembourg
König, Ariane UL

in Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability (2015), 16

This paper examines a study programme in ‘Sustainability and social innovation’ at the University of Luxembourg that was co-created with key external stakeholders in local sustainability transitions.The ... [more ▼]

This paper examines a study programme in ‘Sustainability and social innovation’ at the University of Luxembourg that was co-created with key external stakeholders in local sustainability transitions.The programme’s aim is to equip scientists and citizens for the practice of transformative sustainability science to change human environment interactions. Addressing socially salient, complex problems invites a re-conception of what role universities can play in knowledge production processes in more applied and local contexts. We critically discuss the programme’s ambition to provide a platform for transformative social learning for sustainability and to contribute to fostering systemic change in Luxembourg. We deduce design requisites to achieve these ambitions. The paper also discusses the role of different forms of evaluation in effecting individual programme and systemic change. Research insights were drawn from documentary and literature research, concept-building, programme implementation, observation, analysis, and evaluation by students and contributors. [less ▲]

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See detailWorkplace Relocation and Mobility Changes in a Transnational Metropolitan Area: The Case of the University of Luxembourg
Sprumont, François UL; Viti, Francesco UL; Caruso, Geoffrey UL et al

in Transportation Research Procedia (2014, December), 4

The aim of this paper is to study the utility variation related to the commuting mobility of University staff members due to their future workplace relocation. During the year 2012, a travel survey was ... [more ▼]

The aim of this paper is to study the utility variation related to the commuting mobility of University staff members due to their future workplace relocation. During the year 2012, a travel survey was completed by a total of 397 staff members, representing 36.4% of the university employees, who filled in a questionnaire which revealed complex decision making patterns due to the special traveling scenario involving four countries at once. A Multinomial Logit model has been used to anticipate the impact of university relocation from the capital city to a developing area in the south of the country which will happen between 2015 and 2018 and that will affect most of the employees. The effects of several Travel Demand Management measures are discussed based on the analysis of alternative scenarios [less ▲]

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See detailRegenerative Sustainable Development of Universities and Cities: The Role of Living Laboratories
König, Ariane UL

Book published by Edward ELGAR: A family business in international publishing - 1st edition (2013)

Now that the earth has reached the limits of its biophysical carrying capacity, we have to change technologies, social practices and social norms relating to material production and consumption to ensure ... [more ▼]

Now that the earth has reached the limits of its biophysical carrying capacity, we have to change technologies, social practices and social norms relating to material production and consumption to ensure that e do not further jeopardize the functioning of our planet's life support systems. Through research, education and civic engagement , universities have a pivotal role to play in this transition. this timely book explores how universities are establishing living laboratories for sustainable development, and examines the communication networks and knowledge infrastructures that underpin impact both on and beyond the campus. [less ▲]

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See detailGreen growth in the Benelux: Indicators of local transition to a low-carbon economy in cross-border regions
Bruyninckx, Hans; Martinez-Fernandez; Sharpe, Samantha et al

Report (2013)

This paper discusses the results of a study of measuring green growth in the Benelux countries (Belgium, The Netherlands and Luxembourg). The study paid particular attention to the challenges of measuring ... [more ▼]

This paper discusses the results of a study of measuring green growth in the Benelux countries (Belgium, The Netherlands and Luxembourg). The study paid particular attention to the challenges of measuring the transition to a low-carbon economy in cross-border areas as they have additional levels of complexity when it comes to measuring and monitoring their low-carbon transition. In cross- regions data collection hardly ever coincide with any single data gathering ‘institution’. Moreover, Belgium (Flanders, Brussels, Wallonia), the Netherlands, and Luxembourg have different indicator systems at the national level, and even more so at the more decentralised level which creates problems of data availability, data (in)consistency, and hence comparability. Progress is already noticeable in the two crossborder areas analysed in the study. In Ghent-Terneuzen the bio-base economy is contributing to the value of turnover and growth in employment in the environmental goods and services (EGS) sectors. In Alzette-Belval the construction industry is engaging in resource-efficient building design and certification. In other aspects there is evidence of progress, but this evidence is anecdotal, or patchy in its collection, and not able to be included in the dashboard metrics developed during the study and discussed in the paper. [less ▲]

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See detailWhat might a sustainable university look like? Challenges and opportunities in the development of the University of Luxembourg and its new campus
König, Ariane UL

in König, Ariane (Ed.) Regenerative Sustainable Development of Universities and Cities (2013)

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