• Wenfang Geng
  • Marie Magdalena Halatova
4. Term, Sustainable Design (M.SC) (Master Programme)
Under the pressure of increasing environmental issues, the need for conducting relevant scientific Research is more significant than ever. As an important research destination, polar areas have been seen as the last directly intact areas with a pristine condition, which is highly valued for research purpose. However, the vulnerable local environment is challenging by the increasing number of visitors. In order to continue investigating the environmental issues and to maintain the wilderness environment, it is essential that exploring ways to change the current research activities into a sustainably conducted research approach so that contributing to global scientific research development and local, sustainable development.
This project is based on a case study and research communities in Svalbard Archipelago, offering a perspective of the understanding of sustainability in the specific context. Regarding research activities, we conceive the specified sustainability “As research activities contribute to the world knowledge are executed without compromising the environment and therefore able to continue for a long time”. Based on this understanding, the paper also suggested a possible way of tackling sustainability issues - environment footprints, with a focus on interactions between research practice and environmental impact. A Material Flow Analysis concerning research activities is conducted as a concrete visual tool to explain the link and thereby raise awareness of sustainability relies on everyone every day’s activities and equip knowledge of where has the potential to improve.
Moreover, practice theory was used to develop a more action-guiding strategy:a substantive part of changing researchers practices to more sustainable ones, which in this paper means a smaller environmental footprint. The core of this strategy is the strategic plan providing an overview of improvement areas. It contributes to further guidance for how to conduct Research in a sustainable manner, for example, sharing experience, research data and research plan, applying renewable energy supply, and so on. Through developing the strategic plan into action guide, thereby changing researchers routines, we aim at contributing to Svalbard of being the leading symbol of Sustainably conducted Research in the international research community.
Publication date7 Jun 2019
Number of pages72
ID: 305325328