Involvement of Advanced Level Students Using Ecological Modelling in Research About Regional Sustainability
2016 (English)In: Engaging Stakeholders in Education for Sustainable Development at University Level / [ed] Walter Leal Filho and Luciana Brandli, Springer, 2016, 1, 145-162 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
The purpose of this paper is to present a pilot educational project where ecological modelling has been used to integrate advanced level students into the research about regional sustainability. Addressing regional sustainability with an ecological systems model based on carbon and energy balances is a way to understand the basics of sustainability integrating detail and holistic views. Such model has been developed in a case study on the Danish island Samsø, and currently a similar model is now being developed for the Jämtland county. Even though Jämtland, located in mid Sweden, is a sparsely populated area with large forests, a lot of hydro power, and only one major city, it is still not obvious how to reach long term sustainability. For educational purposes ecological models are excellent tools, since complex interactions can be studied, analysed and discussed in a structured way. It can be expected future sustainable society development presupposes integration between research and education, thus building a long term strategy for the possibilities to change negative cultural patters of whatever kind these might be. To strengthen the authorisation of the education for sustainability, clarification of the university’s integrative role in society may well be used, to give students self-confidence for continuous development within the field.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Springer, 2016, 1. 145-162 p.
World Sustainability Series, ISSN 2199-7373, E-ISSN 2199-7381
Regional sustainability, Ecological modelling, Role of the academia, Educational involvement, Carbon balance, Work energy balance, Education for sustainability
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-29896DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-26734-0ISBN: 978-3-319-26732-6 (print)ISBN: 978-3-319-26734-0 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-29896DiVA: diva2:1066816