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.
General news | 2018-03-19
In 2017, we surpassed one thousand published articles in peer-reviewed journals and we hosted the fourth international conference on resilience and sustainability science. Another year to be proud of, we think
Research news | 2018-03-14
Amid an increase in megacities, changes in ecosystems far away can affect local access to freshwater
Research news | 2018-03-12
Ten essentials for guiding action-oriented research on energy transformation and climate change
Research news | 2018-03-09
To celebrate International Women’s Day, we have been highlighting some of our women researchers at the centre. In our final profile this week, we showcase associate professor Beatrice Crona, whose work spans from small-scale fisheries governance to global drivers of change.
Research news | 2018-03-08
To celebrate International Women’s Day, we are highlighting some of our women researchers. We would now like to showcase Jennifer Hinton, a PhD candidate studying the social dynamics of a sustainable biophysical resource economy
Research news | 2018-03-08
New method to map livelihood benefits of ecosystem services for guiding future land use decisions in the Sahel