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Radinger-Peer, V; Pflitsch, G; Kanning, H; Schiller, D.
(2021): Establishing the Regional Sustainable Developmental Role of Universities-From the Multilevel-Perspective (MLP) and Beyond
SUSTAINABILITY-BASEL. 2021; 13(13), 6987 FullText FullText_BOKU

This article establishes the multilevel perspective (MLP) as one of the main research approaches in transition research to study complex systemic change processes in socio-technical systems at different structural levels. The application of the MLP to the higher education system, especially to conceptualize the transition of universities towards a sustainable (regional) developmental role, is still in its infancy. Through using a descriptive narrative analysis of seminal articles, the results of the four-years cooperation within an expert working group, and own empirical findings, the present paper investigates the suitability of the MLP to study the transition of universities and university systems towards a sustainable developmental role in the regional context. Based on these investigations, three further perspectives (which must be considered for establishing a more comprehensive understanding of the universities' sustainable developmental role) are identified and conceptualized: (a) The target dimension of sustainable regional development, (b) the role of agency, and (c) the introduction of space and place to multiscalar regional transitions. Based on these perspectives, a future research agenda beyond the MLP is developed.
Autor*innen der BOKU Wien:
Pflitsch Gesa
Radinger-Peer Verena

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