Purpose – This paper aims to investigate the intermediary role of universities in spreading design for sustainability into industry.

Design/methodology/approach – Three case studies were undertaken on Delft University of Technology, Design for Sustainability Program from The Netherlands; a center on sustainable consumption and production; and Prof. Göksel Demirer from Middle East Technical University, Environmental
Engineering Department from Turkey.

Findings – The process and evolution of the intermediary roles of the cases are explained. Three types of structures, through which universities undertake intermediary role, are investigated via the cases studies, a program, a center and an individual scientist.

Originality/value – This study is a first attempt to investigate the intermediary role of universities in the design for sustainability field.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)455-472
Number of pages18
JournalInternational Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2017

    Research areas

  • Ecodesign, Higher education, Innovation systems, Outreach, Intermediaries

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