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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Credits Value (where applicable)
Duration (Number of Hours)
Course Booking Options
Available for booking by academic institutions
Available for booking by employers
Available for booking by learner groups
Maximum Number of Students
Classroom or Online
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 https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/sdgs
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
Individual Written Assignment
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