Beyond the Third Mission: Exploring the Emerging University Function of Co-creation for Sustainability

Trencher, Gregory, Yarime, Masaru, McCormick, Kes B., Doll, Christopher N.H. and Kraines, Steven B., (2014). Beyond the Third Mission: Exploring the Emerging University Function of Co-creation for Sustainability. Science and Public Policy, 41(2), 151-179

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    Author Trencher, Gregory
    Yarime, Masaru
    McCormick, Kes B.
    Doll, Christopher N.H.
    Kraines, Steven B.
    Title Beyond the Third Mission: Exploring the Emerging University Function of Co-creation for Sustainability
    Appearing in Science and Public Policy
    Volume 41
    Issue No. 2
    Publication Date 2014-04
    Place of Publication Lund
    Publisher Lund University
    Start page 151
    End page 179
    Language eng
    Abstract This paper explores a global trend where universities are collaborating with government, industry and civil society to advance the sustainable transformation of a specific geographical area or societal sub-system. With empirical evidence, we argue that this function of ‘co-creation for sustainability’ could be interpreted as the seeds of an emerging, new mission for the university. We demonstrate that this still evolving mission differs significantly from the economic focus of the third mission and conventional technology transfer practices, which we argue, should be critically examined. After defining five channels through which a university can fulfil the emerging mission, we analyse two frontrunner ‘transformative institutions’ engaged in co-creating social, technical and environmental transformations in pursuit of materialising sustainable development in a specific city. This study seeks to add to the debate on the third mission and triple-helix partnerships. It does so by incorporating sustainable development and place-based co-creation with government, industry and civil society.
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    Copyright Year 2014
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    DOI 10.1093/scipol/sct044
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