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The University, Public Interest Research and Advocacy Assistance for Sustainable Development

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Cathy Crumbley and Joel Tickner argue that public universities are increasingly called on to serve the larger public through community projects and social engagement. They are also being challenged to conduct research that helps the world change from its unsustainable development path. This article highlights two ways that universities can respond to these challenges. One way is to conduct research and provide technical assistance within a long-term vision for sustainability that serves the broader public interest. Another important role is to share this research so as to strengthen the capabilities of citizen groups and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). By so doing, citizen groups and NGOs will gain important technical knowledge and resources, and thus be able to participate more effectively in economic and community development debates at the local, regional and national level.Development (2002) 45, 113–118. doi:10.1057/palgrave.development.1110390
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1University of Massachusetts Lowell, USA

Publication date: 2002-09-01

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