Professional Competences for Sustainability and Sustainable Labour Participation
Sustainability professionals encounter huge challenges in their daily job situation in order to achieve change processes towards sustainability. They usually operate in a multi-stakeholder context which requires collaboration and co-creation. This also raises the question as to what extent their competences address their own sustainable labor participation. In the presented research the conglomerate of necessary knowledge, skills and attitudes (labelled competences) for effectively conducting change processes towards sustainability is investigated with practitioners, relating the results to existing frameworks for sustainability competences. The professional’s own sustainable labor participation is investigated and analysed for sustainability professionals and professionals in other fields. Three aspects can be distinguished namely employability, vitality, and work ability.
The multi- and transdisciplinary research approach consists of designing and conducting workshops, interviews and survey(s); generating valid and trustworthy data is part of the investigations. The results of this research are of interest for the scientific development of competency frameworks and insights in labour participation. They can be implemented in training facilities for practitioners.
- a collaboration project between the Faculty of Management (Department of Organisation) and Faculty of Science (Department of Environmental Sciences)
- main researcher: Paquita Perez Salgado
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Ronald Venn, Paquita Perez, Tinka van Vuuren, Judith Semeijn (2019). Competences and Sustainable Employability of Sustainability Professionals. Paper presentation at the Symposium Learning and Innovations in Resilient Systems, Open University of the Netherlands, 25 October 2019, Heerlen.
Venn, R., Perez, P., van Vuuren, T., & Semeijn, J.H. (2019). Competences and sustainable employability of Sustainability Professionals in the Netherlands and Belgium. Poster session at Open University April 2019, Research Day, Heerlen, Netherlands
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Perez Salgado, P., & Venn, R. (2018). Competences for sustainability [Competenties voor duurzaamheid]. In De Avond van Wetenschap & Maatschappij 2018 (Vol. 2018, pp. 19-20). (The Evening of Science & Society). Stichting De Avond van Wetenschap & Maatschappij, Den Haag, Netherlands.
Perez Salgado, P. (2018). Professional Competences for Interventions towards Sustainability. [Professionele competenties voor interventies richting duurzaamheid]. Tijdschrift Milieu, 24(5), 24-27.
Perez Salgado, (2017). Competencies for sustainability professionals. Paper presentation at the Symposium on Learning and Innovations in Resilient Systems, Open University of the Netherlands, 23 March 2017, Heerlen, Netherlands.
Van Vuuren, T., Perez Salgado, F., & Semeijn, J.H. (2017). Organisation of sessions 2a and 3a Resilience at Work. Symposium on Learning and Innovations in Resilient Systems, Open University of the Netherlands, 23 March 2017, Heerlen, Netherlands.