Approaches to Sustainable Development: The Public University in the Regional Economy

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Univ of Massachusetts Press, 2001 - Business & Economics - 434 pages
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How can cities and regions foster sustainable development? What role can a university play in this process? These are the central questions addressed in this innovative collection of essays, which brings together scholars in such diverse fields as history, political economy, community studies, industrial theory, economic geography, environmental studies, ergonomics and work design, race and gender studies, manufacturing engineering, and public health.

In 1993 a core group of faculty members at the University of Massachusetts Lowell launched an interdisciplinary study to find ways for the university to help stimulate regional development on a sustainable basis. They looked at models of development, new processes, and practical tools for transforming ideas into actions. At the same time, they moved beyond traditional research paradigms that focus on business growth and technology diffusion to the exclusion of social, environmental, and cultural development. Lowell is an ideal place for exploring these issues, given its rich industrial and immigrant history and the University's expertise as a science and engineering institution.

The product of this research is a set of thoughtful essays that span the physical and social sciences, engineering, and the humanities and engage the debate over how best to achieve sustainable development--a debate in which issues of social justice, popular participation, and economic development are inextricably linked.

In addition to the editors, contributors include Michael Best, Meg A. Bond, Cathy Crumbley, Louis Ferleger, M. A. Fiddy, Ken Geiser, Jeffrey Gerson, Laurence F. Gross, Dikshitulu K. Kalluri, Nancy Kleniewski, David Kriebel, John MacDougall, Rafael Moure-Eraso, Laura Punnett, Margaret Quinn, Julian David Sanchez-de-la-Llave, Linda Silka, Krishna Vedula, Vesela Veleva, and John Wooding.

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The Political Economy of Sustainable Development
The Lowell Model and Its Persistence
Organizational Integration and Sustainable Prosperity
Can the Shift to Services Support Sustainable Prosperity?
Diversity Dilemmas at Work
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Rethinking Sustainable Development Health Work and the Environment
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Integrating Environment and Health into Regional Economic Development
Effective UniversityIndustry Partnerships in Photonics
University Community Collaborations
The University of Massachusetts Lowell and the Regional Development Process
Centers as Opportunities for Interdisciplinary Innovation
The Case of Applied Community Research

An Obstacle to Sustainable Development
Strategies for Community Sustainability and Social Justice
A Proposed Strategy for the Work Environment
Innovation and Adoption of Cleaner Production Technologies
Issues in Measuring and Promoting Progress
Innovation in Engineering Education for Sustainable Regional Social and Economic Development
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All four editors teach at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Three are in the Department of Regional Economic and Social Development: Robert Forrant is associate professor and codirector of the Community Outreach Partnership Center; Jean L. Pyle is professor and codirector of the Center for Women and Work; William Lazonick is professor and codirector of the Center for Industrial Competitiveness. Charles Levenstein is a professor in the Department of Work Environment.

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