ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION, Volume (1), No (1), Year (2023-9) , Pages (1-8)

Title : ( Socio-environmental responsibility in Iranian universities: a multidimensional perspective )

Authors: Mahdi Kolahi , Rogaieh AzimiSeginSara ,

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Universities are expected to play a pivotal role in promoting environmental conservation goals, yet a comprehensive analysis of their actual contributions remains limited. This study delves into the perceptions of socio-environmental responsibility among faculty members within Iran’s top 13 universities. Using random cluster sampling, we collected 410 questionnaires from these institutions, evaluating socio-environmental responsibility through eight distinct variables. The outcomes unveil widespread deficiencies in responsibility across all universities, with 66% exhibiting low levels of engagement. Notably, Gorgan University of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources displays the lowest level, while Bu-Ali Sina University ranks highest. The research variables exhibit significant positive correlations, elucidating the interconnectedness of different aspects of socio-environmental responsibility. Furthermore, the study identifies a significant disparity in mean university socio-environmental responsibility concerning gender, although no significant relationships are found with factors such as professors’ academic rank, employment status or age. Sixteen codes are highlighted based on qualitative analysis. These findings underscore the urgency for universities to redefine their roles within the community and prioritize community empowerment, stakeholder engagement, capacity building and environmental education. By addressing these facets, universities can elevate their levels of socio-environmental responsibility and contribute more effectively to environmental conservation efforts.


, Capacity building, community empowerment, environmental education, social responsibility, stakeholder engagement
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author = {Kolahi, Mahdi and Rogaieh AzimiSeginSara},
title = {Socio-environmental responsibility in Iranian universities: a multidimensional perspective},
year = {2023},
volume = {1},
number = {1},
month = {September},
issn = {1469-4387},
pages = {1--8},
numpages = {7},
keywords = {Capacity building; community empowerment; environmental education; social responsibility; stakeholder engagement},


%0 Journal Article
%T Socio-environmental responsibility in Iranian universities: a multidimensional perspective
%A Kolahi, Mahdi
%A Rogaieh AzimiSeginSara
%@ 1469-4387
%D 2023