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PhD courses

PhD courses at LUCSUS

Degrowth and sustainability pathways

May 20 - June 10 2024, Faculty of Social Sciences

In the context of a climate emergency, there is an increasing demand from society and students to learn about societal models (including welfare provision) that function without economic growth. In this context, degrowth aims for a multi-scalar transformation beyond the growth-oriented economic paradigm to achieve socio-ecological sustainability. It primarily emphasizes the downsizing aspects of production and consumption but also alludes to the pathways of a society that can thrive or manage without relying on growth. This course will inform these pathways by placing wellbeing for all species and natural systems at the center and rethinking our social systems independent of economic growth in fields such as work, culture, civil society, governance and decision-making.

  • Course information (PDF, 262 kB, new tab)
  • Course schedule (PDF, 26 kB, new tab)
  • Course registration: Send Mine Islar and Max Koch an e-mail with a motivation letter describing your interest in the course and your background. The letter should be maximum one page in length.
  • Deadline to register: 1st April 2024.
  • Course coordinator: Mine Islar and Max Koch.
  • mine [dot] islar [at] lucsus [dot] lu [dot] se (mine[dot]islar[at]lucsus[dot]lu[dot]se)
  • max [dot] koch [at] soch [dot] lu [dot] se (max[dot]koch[at]soch[dot]lu[dot]se)

Sustainability Science: Foundations, concepts, methodologies

 7.5 credits.  February 26-March 15 2024

Tackling the world’s toughest sustainability challenges requires robust knowledge, interdisciplinary methodologies, and strong collaborative efforts. This PhD course focuses on the emerging research field of sustainability science, and its strong intentions to stimulate knowledge and learning on concepts, attitudes, and methodologies to contribute to inclusive sustainable societal change. More specifically, the aim is for participants develop a more comprehensive understanding of the development of the field, including different perspectives (e.g., resilience, sustainability transitions, governance of sustainability, political economy, political ecology, and social movements) and specific approaches (e.g. methods of critique, extended cases study, ethnographic interviews, visioning and imaginaries) often used in the field. 

Contact: Maryam Nastar and Emma Li Johansson

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