This course runs full time* between March and June each year. The course is an independent Masters level course and not part of the Social-Ecological Resilience for Sustainable Development Masters Programme at SRC.
60% of the area projected to be urban in 2030 has not yet been built. The rapid urbanization that is currently taking place poses great challenges as well as exciting opportunities. To ensure their long-term well-being and to reduce urban pressure on global systems future cities need to be just, green, resource efficient, and populated by engaged citizens.
Urban Social-Ecological Systems is a trans-disciplinary course and the complexities of cities are explored through a systems approach where ecological, social and economic aspects are integrated: What does biodiversity have to do with citizens’ well-being? What is urban resilience? What changes of governance are needed to establish and maintain urban sustainable development trajectories? These are some of the topics covered in the course.
Our instructors, most of them working within or in close collaboration with the urban theme at Stockholm Resilience Centre, will share insights from their different perspectives and the most recent urban research.
Linkages between science and policy/practice are emphasized throughout the course and the theoretical parts are explained in relation to practical examples of urban questions. This connection is both locally anchored through our long term interaction with the many different actors in the Stockholm Metropolitan Region and international, as the extensive network of urban researchers connected to Stockholm Resilience Centre will offer international outlooks.
Various scientific methods, both quantitative and qualitative, are explored through a number of exercises. These exercises form the basis for the second part of the course, where you will formulate and run a field based project applying the theoretical frame and methodological approaches of the course in a real world context.
Please explore the course content further by reading the USES 2017 course syllabus and literature list. A detailed course syllabus for 2018 and required readings will be available no later than four weeks before the course starting date.
Admittance to the course requires knowledge equivalent to 180 credits, including a minimum of 75 credits in any of the disciplines Biology, Geography, History or Political science.
*) We strongly recommend that this course is not combined with other courses running parallel. The schedule is tight, and there are many mandatory seminars and exercises.
Research news | 2017-08-18
Collaborative governance not always fit for solving environmental problems, according to new review article in Science
Research news | 2017-08-14
Free online conference, Ecology and civilization , for young scholars happening from 14-18 August 2017. Stockholm Resilience Centre will host a session on 15 August at 16:30 (UTC)
Research news | 2017-08-08
Centre scientists and CEO’s of world largest seafood companies form coalition to turn seafood industry more sustainable. New PNAS study highlights the importance and process of science-business partnerships
Research news | 2017-08-03
New study looks at ecological compensation, a novel legal and policy instrument, and how Sweden is using it to balance development and conservation of important biological and social areas
General news | 2017-07-20
Initiative is the first time that companies from Asia, Europe and the US have come together with the aim to end unsustainable practices
Research news | 2017-07-19
Financial markets example of how information flows are turning increasingly faster and more complex in the Anthropocene