Innovation for a Sustainable Society

Achieving sustainability and combating climate change is a key challenge facing the world today. This unit is designed to enable you to discuss the concepts behind efforts to achieve sustainability and where the real world challenges and opportunities lie.

Innovation is crucial in developing less resource intensive ways of meeting the needs of society (such as food, transport and energy). Solutions will include new products, new services, changing behaviours and even re-shaping entire systems. But how is this possible when so many societal actors are involved? What roles can consumers, businesses, governments and new technologies play in this transformation? Answering these fundamental questions requires perspectives which span traditional academic disciplines, including sociology, economics, management and innovation studies. This unit does just that, by bringing together world-class sustainability expertise to introduce cutting edge ideas and debates in this area.

Throughout the unit these perspectives will be explored through discussion of sustainability initiatives in areas of food, transport and energy provision in the UK and beyond.

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