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Erasmus+Enhancing Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Sustainability in Higher Education in Africa

The institute for Sustainability participates in a new Erasmus+ project that promotes entrepreneurship, innovation and sustainability at African universities.

The project is led by the University of Aalborg (Denmark) and aims to initiate a sustainable educational change at the five greatest educational institutions of Africa, participating in the project, by redesigning best practices focussed on learning, teaching and methods of delivery.

A consequence of this modernisation will be an impact on the educational sector, due to the dissemination of information about best practices. As a further consequence, the project will provide graduates with entrepreneurial and innovative skills, due to the employability and the self-employment and the recognition of sustainability topics relevant for society.

Together with the UPC represented by the Institute of Sustainability, the project counts on the participation of well-known European universities:

University of Copenhagen (UCPH - Denmark); Roskilde University (RUC - Denmark); Royal Institute of Technology (KTH - Denmark)

African universities:

Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST – Ghana); University of Ghana (UG – Ghana); Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA – Tanzania); State University of Zanzibar (SUZA – Tanzania); Kilimanjaro Christian Medical University College (KMUCo – Tanzania).
 

Scope: Global

Participating Entities/Institutions: Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya through the IS.UPC and University of Aalborg (Dinamarca) 

Funding Entity: Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA)

Project budget: 999,849 €

Starting date: 09/2017.Anticipated completion date09/2020. 

Responsible Researcher: Jordi Segalàs

 

 

Mitigation of Climate Change, Sustainable Human Development and Human Health

Research Project of the Group for Management of Climate Change, MGCC, of the singular research group of the UPC for Sustainability, Technology and Humanism, STH, with support of the "La Caixa" Foundation. This research project permits to continue with research work of the GGCC group on the concept of "Global Carbon Budget" and its distribution in different countries of the world, paying attention to criteria of Climate Justice per Capita. It is a matter of reconciling the indispensable mitigation of climate change (not using more than the Global Carbon Budget calculated in order to stay within the 2 degree limit of temperature raise, fixed in the Paris agreement) and the necessary achievement of food sufficiency in the world (key prerequisite for human health). Considering the food problem, the contribution of agriculture and fertile soils are analysed precisely, and an agriculture contributing to the increase of emissions has to be changed into an agriculture that could be a clean absorber of CO2 (thereby decoupling the two phenomena analysed in this research work)

Scope: Global

Participating Entities/Institutions: Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya through the IS.UPC and, in particular, the GGCC of the STH. 

Funding Entity: "La Caixa" Foundation Code: I-01510

Project budget: 52.800 €

Starting date: 12.12.2016. Anticipated completion date: 12.12.2017. 

Responsible Researcher: Olga Alcaraz i Josep Xercavins

 

Circular Design - Learning for Innovative Design for Sustainability (L4IDS)

The goal of the project is the promotion of sustainable production and consumption of products and services in Europe. This will be achieved by means of a co-creation process of knowledge and the development of teaching material, in order to form students, professors and professionals trained for the sector of innovative and sustainable design strategies.

The focus will be on social entrepreneurship and educational innovation, allowing the creation of sustainable products and services, aligned with European politics of circular economics and, consequently, with are more sustainable society.

The initiative aims to strengthen the co-creation of knowledge - Design for sustainability-Innovation, where specific learning schemes are missing, by means of the design of courses and learning material in the field of higher education as well as in continuous training. In order to support the project, four hubs in four European nations (Ireland, Catalonia, Sweden and the Netherlands) have been created. Every hub includes universities, companies and national associations of design.

Scope: Europe

Coordinator: Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya  

Participating Entities/Institutions: 

Linkopings Universitet (SE), Nutcreatives SL (ES), Habermann Design & Development Ab (SE), Oneoff Design Furniture Limited (IE), Institute of Designers in Ireland Limited (IE), Better Future Factory Bv (NL), Stichting House of Design (NL), Stiftelsen Svensk Industridesign (SE), Ajuntament de Barcelona (ES), Stichting NHL (NL), University Of Limerick (IE) , Fundacio Privada B.C.D. per la Promocio del Disseny Industrial (ES)

Funding Entity: European Commission - ERASMUS+

Project budget: 993.763 €

Starting date: 01.11.2016 Anticipated completion date: 31.10.2019 

Responsible Researcher: Jordi Segalàs

 

The impact of gas and its infrastructures: Building links between entities of Barcelona and affected territories, by means of Action-Research and Activist-Research

 

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The ongoing project aims to facilitate the political incidence capacity of citizenship, by means of a proposal for service learning for the impacts of gas and its infrastructures. The proposed methodology combines action-research, expert knowledge of the Institute for Sustainability of the UPC, with activist-research, led by the Observatori del Deute en la Globalització; in the framework of the subject Action-Research Workshop of the master in sustainability science and technologies at the UPC.

In a first stage, there will be undertaken an analysis of the Port of BCN, an important entry point for gas in Europe, and some interviews with entities from the district Sants-Montjuic and communities affected by gas infrastructures on Catalan territory. With this information there will be written a document for politicians (policy briefing) and a didactic unit for Institutes. Finally, the results will be presented at the ward council,  at institutes and at meetings with political representatives.

Therefore, the ApS ( Service Learing) will have research, sensibilisation and educational dimensions, aiming to generate links between the city of Barcelona and territories affected by gas infrastructures, with a critical focus on social justice towards political incidence.


Scope: Global

Coordinator: Observatori del Deute en la Globalització (ODG) - Alfons Pérez    

Participating Entities/Institutions: University Research Institute for Sustainability Science and Technology (IS.UPC)

Funding Entity: Ajuntament de Barcelona

Co-Funding Entity: European Union

Project budget: 15.380 €

Starting date01.12.2016 Anticipated completion date30.11.2017 

Responsible Researcher (UPC): Jordi Segalàs

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EDINSOST

Education and Social Innovation for Sustainability

The project Educational and Social Innovation for Sustainability aims to train graduates who master the challenges, our society faces on the way towards sustainability. The research is applied in a multidisciplinary way and in context with nine universities that work together in the framework of the Sectorial Comission of the CRUE of Sustainability, in the group "Sensibilització Curricular", in order to create synergies and action frameworks basing on national agreements.

In this research area there are still missing common criteria about the competences that ought to be integrated and their intermediation and evaluation remain constraints.

During the project, frameworks and processes will be developed that simplify the holistic integration of sustainability in the university curriculum, by means of mapping and the validation of pedagogical practices, the diagnosis of the state of Spanish universities and the creation of teaching and learning material for the development of sustainability skills within the degrees of the Spanish university system.

Scope: National

Coordinator: Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya  

Participating Entities/Institutions:

Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
Universidad de Cádiz
Universidad Camilo José Cela
Universidad de Córdoba
Universitat de Girona
Universitat Internacional de Catalunya
Universidad de Sevilla
Universidad de Salamanca

Funding Entity:  Secretaria de Estado de Investigación, Desarrollo e Innovación- Programa Estatal de Investigación, Desarrollo e Innovación Orientada a los Retos de la Sociedad, Convocatoria 2015, Modalidad 1: «Proyectos De I+D+I»

(State secretariat on Research, Development and Innovation- State Programme on Research, Development and Innovation Focussed on Challenges in Society, Call 2015,Modality 1: «Projects of R+D+I»)

Project budget: 62.920,00 €

Starting date: 15.09.2016 Anticipated completion date: 15.09.2019 

Responsible Researcher: Jordi Segalàs i Fermín Sánchez

 

ECORKWASTE

Sustainable and integrated management of cork waste in the cork industry

 

The main objective of the project ECORKWASTE is the demonstration of the technical, environmental and economic viability of the revalorisation of by-products from the cork industry, according to the particle size. A distinct particle size of the by-product will be used as absorbent material in constructed wetland, as elimination system of organic components in wastewater of the wine industry. Other cork wastes, like stoppers, cork wastes from decontamination processes in constructed wetlands and cork powder, will be used as substrate for energy recovery in gasification processes.

ECORKWASTE reflects and takes in to account the priorities of waste management established in the Waste Framework Directive 2008/98 / CE, as well as the objectives of the waste management of a Resource Efficient Europe and of the 7th Environmental Action Programme. Furthermore, the main goals of the Directive 1999/31 / CE on Bioremediation of waste in landfills are addressed.

Scope: Local

Coordinator: Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya  

Participating Entities/Institutions: Fundació CTM Centre Tecnològic (CTM), Institut Català del Suro (ICSuro), INNOVI, Grupo TYPSA

Collaborator: Codorniu

Funding Entity: European Comission - Environment (LIFE Programme)

Project budget: 1.903.898,00 €

Starting date: 01.09.2015 Anticipated completion date:  31.12.2018 

Responsible Researcher: Joan de Pablo Ribas

Web: www.ecorkwaste.eu

 

 

Andean Network of Graduate Studies in Integrated Water Resources (RAP-GIRH)
(Funded by EuropeAid, 01.04.2012/01.04.2015)
Principal Investigator (PI) Núria Miralles

 

 

Establishing Modern Master-level Studies in Industrial Ecology (IEMAST)
(Funded by EACEA, 15.10.2011/14.10.2014)
Principal Investigator (PI) Jordi Segalàs

Training Courses for Public Services in Sustainable Infrastructure Development in Western Balkans (SDTRAIN)
(Funded by EACEA, 15.10.2011/14.10.2014)
Principal Investigator (PI) Jordi Segalàs

Erasmus Intensive Program: International Seminar on Sustainable Technology Development (STD)
(Funded by OAPEE-Unidad de Educación Superior 2012-1-ES1-ERA10-54367 EACEA, 2011/2014)
Principal Investigator (PI) Jordi Segalàs

Creation of third cycle studies - Doctoral Programme in Renewable Energy and Environmental Technology (CREDO)
(Funded by EACEA, 15.10.2010/14.10.2013)
Principal Investigator (PI) Jordi Segalàs

Energy Access for the poor in Sub-Saharan Africa to meet the Millennium Development Goals (Energy for All 2030)

Funded by AECID, 01.04.2010/01.04.2013)
Principal Investigator (PI) Enrique Velo

Website: http://grecdh.upc.edu/projectes/altres/e4a-2030



Study for the development of a system for environmental monitoring in the area of the lake Titicaca

Funded by AECID, with the co-funding of CCD-fons 0,7% UPC, 31.10.2011/27.05.2012)
Principal Investigator (PI) Núria Miralles


Finished

 

Recovery of organic waste in the Mediterranean Technology Park
Funded by Diputació de Barcelona and Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (Llavors de Sostenibilitat 2010)
Principal Investigator (PI) Xavier Martínez Farré
Website: http://compostpmt.cbl.upc.edu/



Improving assessment and planning services of water, sanitation and hygiene in rural and suburban context through the development of management tools based on rights

Funded by AECID, 01.11.2011/31.10.2012)
Principal Investigator (PI)
Agustí Pérez Foguet



 

Creation of third cycle studies - Doctoral Programme in Renewable Energy and Environmental Technology (CREDO)
(Funded by EACEA, 15.10.2010/14.10.2013)
Principal Investigator (PI) Jordi Segalàs

Energy Access for the poor in Sub-Saharan Africa to meet the Millennium Development Goals (Energy for All 2030)

Funded by AECID, 01.04.2010/01.04.2013)
Principal Investigator (PI) Enrique Velo

Website: http://grecdh.upc.edu/projectes/altres/e4a-2030



Study for the development of a system for environmental monitoring in the area of the lake Titicaca

Funded by AECID, with the co-funding of CCD-fons 0,7% UPC, 31.10.2011/27.05.2012)
Principal Investigator (PI) Núria Miralles

Promotion of a good environmental governance in the Ethiopian Central Rift Valley Basin

Funded by IntermonOxfam, 02.05.2011/30.06.2011)
Principal Investigator (PI)
Agustí Pérez Foguet


Development of a multi-year WASH Sector Action/Investment Plan for delivery of water, sanitation and hygiene services in Suba and Homa Bay Districts
Funded by UNICEF Kènia, with the co-funding of CCD-fons 0,7% UPC, 01.11.2010/30.09.2011)
Principal Investigator (PI)
Agustí Pérez Foguet

Map of Continuous Training degrees at UPC in the area of Sustainability
Funded by AECID, 01.10.2010/01.03.2011)
Principal Investigator (PI) Alejandro Josa



 

Development of a multi-year WASH Sector Action/Investment Plan for delivery of water, sanitation and hygiene services in Suba and Homa Bay Districts
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