Sustainability Sublime: A networked approach


  • Shankar Sankaran Dr.


Several major cities in the world will face major issues, such as a  shortage of  clean water, due to unsustainable development, poor planning and political decision making. As a society supporting the United Nation’s sustainable development goals we need to act to promote both environmental and societal sustainability that can help to address  these crises. However, we cannot do this alone due to our limited capacity and resources.  We need to work with like-minded societies who are also supporting the UN’s SDG’s. But working together as a network is not easy even if we have good intentions. To do this effectively we need to find a way to govern the activities of the network to work towards a common goal.  Work being done in network governance by organizational and project management scholars can guide us to manage a network-based approach to sustainable development. This plenary will discuss some of these issues and then introduce the theme proposed for the 64th ISSS meeting. If we start  collaborating with other organizations now with an aim to achieve some progress by the time we meet in 2020 we can carry this forward to contribute meaningfully to the society we live in. 

Author Biography

Shankar Sankaran, Dr.

Associate Professor in the School of the Built Environment teaching Systems Thinking and Management Modelling in Project Management Programs. Course Director for Project Management Programs. Supervise doctoral students using systems thinking in their research. Hold Masters Degree in Systems Engineering and PhD in Business and Management. Member of System Dynamics Society. Presented/published refereed papers in journal related to systems thinking and action research. Worked as a control systems engineer and project manager for large scale distributed systems in oil, gas, petrochemical and power industries.



How to Cite

Sankaran, S. (2020). Sustainability Sublime: A networked approach. Proceedings of the 63rd Annual Meeting of the ISSS - 2019 Corvallis, OR, USA, 63(1). Retrieved from