Sara Fuller, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia

Presentation Title: Positioning the university as an urban climate change actor: Governance, responsibility and opportunity




Urban climate governance literature highlights the multiplicity of actors involved in addressing the challenges posed by climate change. In this context one significant actor – distinct from other state and non-state actors – is that of the university. This presentation reported on empirical research in the city of Sydney with representatives from a range of university departments as well as external partners. It reflected not only on the role of the university as an intermediary organization, but also on the politics and practices of the intermediation process itself.

Key Lessons Learned

University responsibility is played out in multiple ways, in recognition of the multiple roles played by universities in urban spaces and internally.  It is in a unique position to act on both urban development and climate change.