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dc.contributor.advisorNel, Etienne
dc.contributor.advisorRosin, Christopher
dc.contributor.authorTopp, Felicity Claire
dc.date.available2015-04-09T21:05:05Z
dc.date.copyright2015
dc.identifier.citationTopp, F. C. (2015). From Vision to Action: Transitions to Sustainability in Otago’s Tertiary Education Institutions. (Thesis, Master of Arts). University of Otago. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10523/5621en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10523/5621
dc.description.abstractThe imperative for tertiary education institutions (TEIs) to use their unique and influential positions to assist society in a transition toward sustainability is keenly observed in the public sphere, as the global environmental crisis looms ever closer. Despite an increasing level of expectation at the global level and a certain resonance with the challenge, TEIs do not demonstrate an innate ability to perform this task, and their collective response has been slow. This thesis explores how TEIs are addressing sustainability, through a comparative case study approach. The University of Otago - Te Whare W!nanga o Ot!go, and Otago Polytechnic - Te Kura Matatini ki Ot!go, are neighboring institutions operating within similar conditions. However, their approaches to sustainability have previously been recognised as distinct. The qualitative approach used for this research was designed to gather information that would enable an investigation into the institutional practice of sustainability and the process of its development. The study maintains a focus on lived experiences and questions of change at the day-to-day level, where individual engagement, decision making and innovation serve to constitute and evolve the processes, structures and cultures of an institution. The analysis of emergent themes in interviews with staff at the TEIs uncovered elements of governance, social mechanisms and processes that are influential in the transition toward sustainability. Findings hold compelling implications for systems approaches. Clear evidence was found of the viability of sustainability as the strategic direction for a TEI. In uncovering and explaining relevant structures and processes that govern events in terms with universal relevance, it is hoped this study may have transformative value outside the context in which it was formed.
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dc.publisherUniversity of Otago
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dc.subjectsustainability
dc.subjecttransition
dc.subjecttertiary
dc.subjecteducation
dc.subjectinstitution
dc.subjectgovernance
dc.subjectleadership
dc.subjectculture
dc.subjectsocial
dc.subjectscience
dc.subjectsystems
dc.subjectOtago
dc.subjectUniversity
dc.subjectPolytechnic
dc.subjectsustainable
dc.subjectpractice
dc.subjectparticipation
dc.subjectdecision
dc.subjectstructure
dc.subjectstrategic
dc.titleFrom Vision to Action: Transitions to Sustainability in Otago’s Tertiary Education Institutions.
dc.typeThesis
dc.date.updated2015-04-09T06:29:39Z
dc.language.rfc3066en
thesis.degree.disciplineGeography
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Arts
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Otago
thesis.degree.levelMasters
otago.openaccessOpen
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