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Higher education partnerships: Creating new value in the environment sector

Nicholas J. Barnes (Research Fellow, Centre for Complexity and Change, The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK)
Paul S. Phillips (Reader in Environmental Science, School of Environmental Science, University College Northampton, Northampton, UK)

International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education

ISSN: 1467-6370

Article publication date: 1 August 2000



Outlines some of the benefits that can arise through partnership working between higher education institutions and other local organisations in the environment sector. Aims to contribute to the debate on sustainability by highlighting the capacity for partnerships to “unlock” value retained within single organisations. Argues for the need for more creativity in the ways in which HEIs interact with other organisations in the environment sector, in order to harness mutually‐advantageous opportunities. The situation in Northamptonshire (central England) is described and case studies are included to demonstrate some local successful partnership‐based projects and to highlight the wider approach. Suggests this approach can offer considerable scope for the personal development of academics and to benefit HEIs, the local communities they serve and the economies they operate within. States, in addition, that partnership working can significantly contribute to the process of sustainable management within HEIs and external organisations by promoting the effective use of human resources, information and finance for environmentally beneficial activity.



Barnes, N.J. and Phillips, P.S. (2000), "Higher education partnerships: Creating new value in the environment sector", International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, Vol. 1 No. 2, pp. 182-190.




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