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Setting the Direction for a Sustainable Future?: A Critical Review of University-Enterprise Partnership Evaluation

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  • Catherine Olphin
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Article numbere24
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>7/05/2022
<mark>Journal</mark>Environmental Sciences Proceedings
Issue number1
Volume15
Number of pages9
Publication StatusPublished
<mark>Original language</mark>English

Abstract

University−enterprise partnerships foster great opportunities for sustainable development by enabling the translation of research into viable commercial solutions. However, how do we measure the relative “success” of such a partnership? This paper critically considers traditional evaluation methodologies to identify relative merits and shortfalls. Common themes include measuring against predominantly economic criteria and an over-reliance on global metrics at the expense of capturing regional impact. Potential consequences include undervaluation of local impact, disproportionate prioritization of economic impact, and the subsequent sidelining of environmental benefits. A place-based evaluative approach is proposed for future research to alleviate shortfalls.