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Sustaining academic life A case for applying principles of social sustainability to the academic profession

Sustaining academic life A case for applying principles of social sustainability to the academic... Purpose – This paper aims to examine the social sustainability of academic work in Australian tertiary institutions, in addition to offering a summary of recent research on social sustainability with a particular emphasis on Barron and Gauntlett's work. Design/methodology/approach – Barron and Gauntlett's principles of social sustainability are used as a lens to investigate some of the current conditions of the academic profession. Findings – It appears that Australian universities often fail to perform in a way that complies with the principles of social sustainability. This paper identifies examples in the literature of conditions which inhibit academic staff's ability to work in socially sustainable ways. Practical implications – The paper proposes that universities incorporate principles of social sustainability into their planning and change management policies and processes. Originality/value – The paper recognises the importance of social sustainability in contemporary discourses of higher education. It contributes to the debates on both social sustainability and the ways in which corporatising universities impacts academic staff. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education Emerald Publishing

Sustaining academic life A case for applying principles of social sustainability to the academic profession

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2008 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
1467-6370
DOI
10.1108/14676370810885862
Publisher site
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Abstract

Purpose – This paper aims to examine the social sustainability of academic work in Australian tertiary institutions, in addition to offering a summary of recent research on social sustainability with a particular emphasis on Barron and Gauntlett's work. Design/methodology/approach – Barron and Gauntlett's principles of social sustainability are used as a lens to investigate some of the current conditions of the academic profession. Findings – It appears that Australian universities often fail to perform in a way that complies with the principles of social sustainability. This paper identifies examples in the literature of conditions which inhibit academic staff's ability to work in socially sustainable ways. Practical implications – The paper proposes that universities incorporate principles of social sustainability into their planning and change management policies and processes. Originality/value – The paper recognises the importance of social sustainability in contemporary discourses of higher education. It contributes to the debates on both social sustainability and the ways in which corporatising universities impacts academic staff.

Journal

International Journal of Sustainability in Higher EducationEmerald Publishing

Published: Jul 11, 2008

Keywords: Higher education; Social economics; Universities; Academic staff; Australia

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