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Can universities be climate leaders?

O'Neill, Kirstie ORCID: 2023. Can universities be climate leaders? Bryer, T., Diamond, J., Kagan, C. and Vaiciuiene, J., eds. Rethinking University-Community Policy Connections., Rethinking University-Community Policy Connections, Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave-Macmillan, pp. 63-81. (10.1007/978-3-031-17686-9_4)

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This chapter focuses specifically on the role of universities as climate leaders, a role that many have suggested universities are well placed to adopt. However, tensions exist as many universities have become increasingly neoliberalised in their ideology and actions. By exploring three areas of university action – teaching, buildings, and air travel – the chapter explores the neoliberal nature of higher education and suggests it acts as an impediment to climate action. Further, the chapter suggests that the climate emergency is critical and represents an urgent need for action: the civic university agenda is not yet tackling this. Universities could provide more radical space for debate, experimentation and new practices for addressing the climate emergency and living well in the ‘Anthropocene’.

Item Type: Book Section
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Geography and Planning (GEOPL)
Publisher: Palgrave-Macmillan
ISBN: 978-3-031-17685-2
Last Modified: 15 Apr 2024 11:58

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