Responding to the UN sustainability goals in transdisciplinary partnership through network action learning

Katrin Dreyer-Gibney (Lead / Corresponding author), Paul Coughlan , David Coghlan, Szu-Hsin Wu, Aisha Bello-Dambatta, Richard Dallison, Aonghus McNabola , Daniele Novara, Annum Rafique, Isabel Schestak, Jan Spriet, Nathan Walker , Prysor Williams

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Abstract

The global water crisis, an enormous concern according to the World Economic Forum, poses a significant challenge to long-term sustainability, exacerbated by the high energy demand associated with water supply and treatment. As the renewable energy sector grows, the need for green technologies to support the water-energy nexus becomes evident. However, mere technological advancements are insufficient to address complex water-related challenges. This paper presents a transdisciplinary collaborative effort involving engineers, geographers, management researchers, and environmentalists working with practitioners in a cross-border network. The study explores through action learning research how, in a transdisciplinary partnership, network action learning influences the exploration and implementation of novel green technology and the development of innovation capabilities. The research is structured around three themes: green technology platforms, policy support and guidance, and dissemination and collaboration. It identifies the factors impacting technology exploration and application and how concurrently green innovation capabilities are developed. The study emphasizes the significance of transdisciplinary collaboration and offers valuable insights into addressing UN Sustainability Goals related to clean water, sustainable industry, and partnerships. It contributes to innovation capability theory and provides practical guidance to researchers, practitioners, and policymakers, emphasizing the need for holistic approaches to address the water-energy crisis and achieve sustainable development.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages32
JournalEnvironment, Development and Sustainability
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 20 Mar 2024

Keywords

  • Green innovation
  • Innovation capabilities
  • Transdisciplinary partnership
  • Water-energy crisis
  • Action learning research
  • Network action learning

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