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ISCN 2016: Session 2: Higher Education's Contribution to Actionable Sustainable Development Goals

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Cristina Capineri, Associate Professor of Geography at Siena University, Faculty of Political Sciences

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ISCN 2016: Session 2: Higher Education's Contribution to Actionable Sustainable Development Goals

  1. 1. ExperiencesExperiences InitiativesInitiatives ChallengesChallenges Cristina Capineri, Università di SienaCristina Capineri, Università di Siena
  2. 2. Our Common Future (1987) “…most of the institutions facing those challenges tend to be independent, fragmented, working to relatively narrow mandates with closed decision processes. Those responsible for managing natural resources and protecting the environment are institutionally separated from those responsible for managing the economy. The real world of interlocked economic and ecological systems will not change; the policies and institutions concerned must.”
  3. 3. UNIVERSITY AS BARICENTER Innovate education Open science Citizen Science Internationl research networks Contribute territorial governance
  4. 4. UNIVERSITY AS A KNOWLEDGE NODE • Connect existing skills and knowledge • Adopt a transdisciplinary approach; partecipatory approach (citizen science, open science, etc.) • Enable knowledge transfer for policy and governance (local level)
  5. 5. SDSN_Med - UNISI 3 STRATEGIES 3 EDUCATIONAL INITIATIVES •Diffusion of Columbia University MOOC “The age of sustainable development” translated in French and Arabic to ensure a larger participation in the Mediterranean area; •Local reinforcement : Open course, 25 multidisciplinary lectures on Sustainable Development; free credits & «Sustain-able Certificate»; •Innovation: a blended MOOC will be developed by Siena University and UNSDSN MED
  6. 6. THE BLENDED MOOC Three strategic approaches: •trandisciplinarity, •solution oriented, •locally / «Mediterrenan» grounded •Give voice to participants / learn from them The blend = Lectures from running Columbia University MOOCS + New lecture more focussed on Mediterranean area
  7. 7. TOPIC 1 FRONTAL LECTURE LOCAL /REGIONAL CASE STUDY PARTICIPANTS Feedback TESTING READINGS Open access REPOSITORY READINGS Blended course model
  8. 8. Increased demand 50% by 2030 (IEA) Energy Water Increased demand 30% by 2030 (IFPRI) Food Increased demand 50% by 2030 (FAO) Climat e Change Source: Professor John Beddington Chief Scientific Adviser to HM Government, 2009 SDGs within the nexus • Abundance in people’s abilities, information and communication technologies, distribution, leisure time … • Scarcity in time, natural resources, biodiversity, land, oceans • Potential transition from scarcity to abundance: energy, water
  9. 9. SDGs & UNI How do we monitor and check on the sustainable development goals? Awarness Partecipation
  10. 10. Applied sciences Professional Consultants Post-normal Science Partecipation Decision Uncertainties system HIGH HIGHLOW
  11. 11. Citizen Science & Science
  12. 12. Big Data & Volunteering efforts • Logging Roads – Moabi & Global Forest Watch
  13. 13. Citizen Science & SDGs - indicators Audubon Cal.
  14. 14. Citizen Science & SDGs - Indicators FreshWater Watchers take samples to determine water quality © Earthwatch
  15. 15. Citizen Science & SDGs - solutions
  16. 16. Citizen Science & SDGs - solutions • Balloon Mapping – Mathare
  17. 17. Community Citizen Science & SDGs
  18. 18. Eye on Earth Alliance 2015 • An alliance with AGEDI, UNEP, GEO, WRI & IUCN : information for sustainable development. … Citizen Science was a major focus … and there was general consensus that reporting against SDGs must include citizen science data. To this end, a global coalition of citizen science groups will be established … and the Eye on Earth Alliance will continue to engage citizen science groups …
  19. 19. Thank you and enjoy Siena!

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