Point of View: Rethinking academia in a time of climate crisis

Anne E Urai, Clare Kelly (2023). “Point of View: Rethinking academia in a time of climate crisis”. eLife 12:e84991. https://doi.org/10.7554/eLife.84991 [open source]

Abstract: Addressing the climate crisis requires radical and urgent action at all levels of society. Universities are ideally positioned to lead such action but are largely failing to do so. At the same time, many academic scientists find their work impeded by bureaucracy, excessive competitiveness, and a loss of academic freedom. Here, drawing on the framework of “Doughnut Economics,” developed by Kate Raworth, we suggest seven new principles for rethinking the norms of scientific practice. Based on these, we propose a call to action, and encourage academics to take concrete steps towards the creation of a flourishing scientific enterprise that is fit for the challenges of the 21st century.

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