COURSE: Sustainability-Driven Innovation

Summary Description

This course introduces the topic of sustainability-driven innovation (SDI), comparing and contrasting traditional models of innovation management and economic development paradigms with emerging models and discourse of innovation for sustainable development. It will discuss motivations, mechanisms, and outcomes for SDI in various social, national, and cultural contexts, highlighting the challenges of practical implementation.


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Syllabus Plan – summary of the structure and academic content of the module

Week 1: What is Sustainability-Driven Innovation

Week 2: Private Interests, Public Benefit

Week 3: SDI in Corporate Settings

Week 4: SDI in Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises

Week 5: Responsible Innovation

Week 6: Jugaad and Frugal Innovation

Week 7: Integrating SDI with Socioecological Systems

Week 8: Ethics of Emerging Technologies

Week 9: The Future of SDI


Intended Learning Outcomes – on completion of this module, students will be able to…

-Develop an understanding of how innovation influences sustainable development in various cultural and social contexts.

-Compare and contrast technocentric, ecocentric, and anthropocentric motivations and outcomes of SDI.

-Understand how SDI is executed in various organizational settings.

-Develop a knowledge base of case studies of SDI across sectors.

-Explore the ethical implications of emerging technologies.


This course serves the following UN Sustainable Development Goals. For a fuller description of the SDGs please visit

SDG 1 – No Poverty

SDG 6 – Clean Water & Sanitation

SDG 7 – Affordable & Clean Energy

SDG 8 – Decent Work & Economic Growth

SDG 9 – Industry, Innovation & Infrastructure

SDG 10 – Reduced Inequalities

SDG 12 – Responsible Consumption & Production

SDG 17 – Partnerships for the Goals

Teaching & Learning Methods




Guided Independent Study/Research

Assessment Methods

Individual Written Assignment

Individual Presentation

Feedback Methods

Written feedback to individual student

Key Learning Resources

“Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Sustainability” by Marcus Wagner, 2017 “Innovation For Sustainability: African and European Perspectives” by Mammo Muchie, Angathevar Baskaran, 2012 Additional supplemental texts

For more information about this course, please contact:

Dr Taryn Mead

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