The PoliTO path toward SDGs implementation: a first mapping exercise
Reference persons GIULIA SONETTI
Thesis type EXPERIMENTAL RESEARCH, MASTER THESIS
Description Unlike other SDGs, education is not a goal in itself; it is a tool to attain different goals. Universities in this respect play a crucial role in the short-term implementation of SDGs for educating with new ways and contents the leaders of tomorrow. Current academic debates explored the best practices via deductive-theoretical or inductive-experiential approaches, yet not always considering the geographical, and therefore cultural and infrastructural factors affecting the success and the failure of such practices. This research should systematize the implementation of SDGs in the Politecnico di Torino during the last three years, from 2016 to 2019. Data collection across the different administrative department will be supported by an on-going mapping exercise based on artificial intelligence algorithms and human controls. Results will be analyzed according to the educational “container” where the SDGs implementation takes place (from random workshops to dedicated courses) and to the different organizational scales (from the foundation of a new department to the campaigns of the local green team), as well as to the kind of issues to be tackled and reported impacts. Conclusions should highlight the value of this first PoliTO-wide systematization toward SDGs implementation, to avoid individual experiences remaining isolated and self-concluded, and most importantly to provide comparability and transferability criteria to help similar cases be networked both within similar governance levels and within methodological practices. Further works envisage the recognition of same elements in the broader European traditions, as well as the enhancement of stimuli generated by the good partnership of all public institutions engaged in the exciting yet urgent defy of today's climate change.
Deadline 21/08/2020 PROPONI LA TUA CANDIDATURA