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Integrating sustainable development into economics curriculum: A case study analysis and sector wide survey of barriers

Bradley, Peter

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© 2018 Elsevier Ltd Economics is a critical subject for the integration of sustainable development into curriculum given the discipline's influence in shaping social metabolism of societies, inequality, environmental impacts and wellbeing. There are very few empirical studies of the integration of sustainable development into economics curriculum. The purpose of the paper is to conduct analysis of a department wide intervention to integrate sustainable development into economics at a case study University, the first of its kind. The study makes use of surveys, interviews and key word searches to provide both qualitative and quantitative data and findings. Results indicate integration of sustainable development into curriculum on some modules but not the majority of the sample, evidence of resistance was also found. A range of barriers to integrating sustainable development into curriculum were identified in interviews. A sector wide survey on barriers to integrating sustainable development into economics curriculum was then conducted to provide empirical evidence on the subject. This is the first sector wide study of barriers to integrating sustainable development into economics curriculum. Results from the survey show that the Research Excellence Framework is a substantial barrier to integrating sustainable development into economics curriculum. The survey can be developed and applied elsewhere in the world to enable comparative analysis across countries, to get wider evidence on barriers.

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Bradley, P. (2019). Integrating sustainable development into economics curriculum: A case study analysis and sector wide survey of barriers. Journal of Cleaner Production, 209, 333-352. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2018.10.184

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Oct 15, 2018
Online Publication Date Oct 22, 2018
Publication Date Feb 1, 2019
Deposit Date Jan 4, 2019
Publicly Available Date Oct 23, 2019
Journal Journal of Cleaner Production
Print ISSN 0959-6526
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 209
Pages 333-352
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2018.10.184
Keywords sustainable development, sustainability, economics, curriculum, educating, ESD, teaching
Public URL https://uwe-repository.worktribe.com/output/852575
Publisher URL https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2018.10.184
Additional Information Additional Information : This is the author's accepted manuscript. The final published version is available here: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2018.10.184.

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