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Science, Open Communication and Sustainable Development

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  • John T. Wilbanks

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  • Thomas J. Wilbanks

    () (Oak Ridge National Laboratory, P.O. Box 2008, MS-6038, Oak Ridge, TN 37831, USA)

Abstract

One of the prerequisites for sustainable development is knowledge, in order to inform coping with sustainability threats and to support innovative sustainability pathways. Transferring knowledge is therefore a fundamental challenge for sustainability, in a context where external knowledge must be integrated with local knowledge in order to promote user-driven action. But effective local co-production of knowledge requires ongoing local access to existing scientific and technical knowledge so that users start on a level playing field. The information technology revolution can be a powerful enabler of such access if intellectual property obstacles can be overcome, with a potential to transform prospects for sustainability in many parts of the world.

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  • John T. Wilbanks & Thomas J. Wilbanks, 2010. "Science, Open Communication and Sustainable Development," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 2(4), pages 1-23, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:gam:jsusta:v:2:y:2010:i:4:p:993-1015:d:7901
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    2. Vasiliki Zepatou & Maria Loizidou & Archontoula Chaloulakou & Nicolas Spyrellis, 2016. "School Facilities and Sustainability-Related Concepts: A Study of Hellenic Secondary School Principals’, Teachers’, Pupils’ and Parents’ Responses," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 8(4), pages 1-28, March.

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    Keywords

    knowledge for sustainability; co-production of knowledge for sustainability; information technology; open access;

    JEL classification:

    • Q - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics
    • Q0 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - General
    • Q2 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation
    • Q3 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Nonrenewable Resources and Conservation
    • Q5 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics
    • Q56 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Environment and Development; Environment and Trade; Sustainability; Environmental Accounts and Accounting; Environmental Equity; Population Growth
    • O13 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Agriculture; Natural Resources; Environment; Other Primary Products

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