Heartware as a driver for campus sustainability: Insights from an action-oriented exploratory case study

Mohamad, Zeeda Fatimah and Abd Kadir, Siti Norasiah and Nasaruddin, Affan and Sakai, Nobumitsu and Mohamed Zuki, Fathiah and Hussein, Hazreena and Sulaiman, Abdul Halim and Mohd Salleh, Mohammad Shahrul Amin (2018) Heartware as a driver for campus sustainability: Insights from an action-oriented exploratory case study. Journal of Cleaner Production, 196. pp. 1086-1096. ISSN 0959-6526, DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2018.06.111.

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2018.06.111


Literature on campus sustainability transitions is mainly focused on the hardware and software approaches, with less attention on the so-called ‘heartware’ approach. Heartware refers to the internal and voluntary motivation of the campus community itself to establish long-term collaboration and collective efforts for sustainability. The paper addresses this gap through an action-oriented exploratory case study research in applying the heartware approach for a long-term water conservation initiative at the University of Malaya campus in Malaysia. The case study research employed a triangulation of five types of data sources (documentation, archival records, direct observation, physical artifacts and participant observation) and two analysis techniques (iterative explanation building and time-series analysis). The case study demonstrated that the heartware approach can be an essential driver for campus sustainability, with suggestions on three ways it can be exercised: (1) Community-shared values that can inspire collective and voluntary action on campus; (2) Role of volunteers within the campus community, at various levels of power, in galvanizing efforts; (3) Heartware driven adaptive governance - where the campus community is able to self-maneuver in mediating conflicts that can possibly block long term action. The paper concludes that there can be aspirational ways to view our campuses: as a living community with concerned citizens, rather than just a complex organization to be managed. This might open up more rooted solutions for campus sustainability than what is currently available.

Item Type: Article
Funders: “Integrated Watershed Management” Flagship Grant (Project No: FL026-2012C ), ‘Water Warriors” Living Lab Grant (Project No: LL002-15SUS ) under the Sustainability Science Research Cluster, University of Malaya, Malaysia
Uncontrolled Keywords: Heartware; Campus sustainability; Sustainability transitions; Living lab; Community; Shared values; Action research
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
T Technology > TH Building construction
T Technology > TP Chemical technology
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering
Faculty of Science > Department of Science and Technology Studies
Depositing User: Ms. Juhaida Abd Rahim
Date Deposited: 21 May 2019 04:49
Last Modified: 21 May 2019 04:49
URI: http://eprints.um.edu.my/id/eprint/21263

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