Current & upcoming courses

The current and upcoming PhD courses will be announced on this web page. Please see course details for start dates, schedules, course literature and information on how to apply etc. The course information will be updated continuously.

The courses are open to external PhD students subject to availability of space and participation is free of charge.

Autumn 2014:

Introduction to resilience thinking and analysis, Henrik Österblom and Magnus Nyström, 15 September - 3 October (open to SRC students only)

This new course serves as an introduction to advanced research studies at SRC. It communicates the research framework that is used by centre researchers, clarifies “ways of thinking and practicing” and “tacit knowledge” at SRC, i.e. the “softer” values that are essential for multi- and transdisciplinary advanced research at SRC (our “signatory pedagogy”). The course identifies outstanding major research challenges and research fronts in order for the PhD student to be able to understand where they can situate their research, and also how their research can contribute to developing any or several of these fronts. The course also relate the SRC “branch” of Sustainability Science to a wider historical context including fields of philosophy of science and provide practical advice on methods and approaches that will guide the PhD student in his or her research.

Read morePDF (pdf, 168.8 kB). For more information contact Henrik Österblom or Magnus Nyström.

Sense of place and resilience in social-ecological systems, Richard Stedman & Maria Tengö, 3 hp, 7 October (open to SRC students only)

The aim of this course is to explore a number of crucial potential intersections between theory and method related to sense of place and social-ecological systems (in general) and resilience concerns.  Especially if we take seriously the material environment as underpinning sense of place, sense of place represents a potential key—and underappreciated--“coupling” mechanism in coupled SES and as such relevant for understanding dynamics of social-ecological systems and implications for resilience, in particular in relation to “reconnecting to the biosphere” and transformation. However, the literatures around these areas rarely intersect (a startling lack of intersection, as a matter of fact). In the course, we will discuss the sets of literature, how their different disciplinary positions/standpoints contributed to the gaps.

Read morePDF (pdf, 370.1 kB). Fore more information contact Richard Stedman.

Studying social-ecological systems using Qualitative Comparative
Analysis (QCA), 1,5 hp, Örjan Bodin & Manuel Fischer, 20-21 October

Social‐ecological(SES) systems are characterized by high levels of complexity. Numerous factors have either been shown, or are hypothesized to, affect the functioning of SES in different ways. Furthermore, it is commonly assumed that many of these factors act in combination to produce certain outcomes. Analyzing phenomena influenced by such complex causality presents a significant challenge when using many traditional research approaches. In this two-day workshop/course we will demonstrate how Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) and fuzzy­‐set QCA (fsQCA) can be used to address these challenges in SES research.

Read morePDF (pdf, 258.6 kB). For more information contact Örjan Bodin.

2010-05-21 | Cornelia Ludwig

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