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Exploring environmental sustainability of academia as a working space.

Stavrianakis, Kostas; Ramos, William


William Ramos


Purpose - This study aims to examine the organizational citizenship behaviors toward the environment among US-based faculty members, in social sciences, natural sciences, the humanities and engineering. Potential barriers that may stop academia from being more sustainable are examined but also the opportunities for academics to be involved in environmental sustainability are explored. Design/methodology/approach –The authors followed a sequential explanatory mixed methods approach using online surveys (n= 633) followed by open-ended phone interviews (n =28). Findings –Results suggest that there are certain power dynamics that force young faculty members in anti-environmental behaviors, although they are cognizant of the negative impacts on the environment. Many faculty members engage in environmental-related actions outside their service requirements, but this is mostly the case for tenured faculty members. Originality/value –The originality of this study lies in the fact that it explores environmental behaviors from an academic ranking perspective and expands on pertinent barriers to promote sustainable behaviors in academia.


STAVRIANAKIS, K. and RAMOS, W. 2022. Exploring environmental sustainability of academia as a working space. International journal of sustainability in higher education [online], 23(5), pages 1107-1124. Available from:

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Sep 25, 2021
Online Publication Date Oct 22, 2021
Publication Date May 10, 2022
Deposit Date Oct 22, 2021
Publicly Available Date Nov 15, 2021
Journal International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education
Print ISSN 1467-6370
Electronic ISSN 1758-6739
Publisher Emerald
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 23
Issue 5
Pages 1107-1124
Keywords Cognitive dissonance; Mixed methods; Flying; Academics; OCBE
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