The courses are open to external PhD students subject to availability of space and participation is free of charge
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.
Introduction to resilience thinking and analysis, Henrik Österblom and Magnus Nyström, 19 September - 7th October, 5hp (open to SRC students only)
This 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 more. (pdf, 72.9 kB)
Qualitative Methods for Social-Ecological Resilience Research, Beatrice Crona & Frances Westley, September 2016 - March 2017, 5hp (open to SRC students only)
The purpose of this course is to introduce doctoral students to field methods and qualitative data analysis, including such methods as unstructured interviews and observation. Students will become acquainted with the epistemology of qualitative approaches and with developing skills in all areas of qualitative methodology, through first-hand experience of using these methods to collect and analyze data on an appropriate topic.
Students will be expected to identify such a topic and research question early in the course (with the help o the instructor), and carrying out a qualitative research project over the duration of the course. The course will be based around a set of 4 classroom sessions led by Frances Westley with support from SRC researchers, each
followed by interim clinics where students will get feedback on their assignments and have the opportunity to discuss this with senior researchers at SRC. Read more (pdf, 405.3 kB).
Co-production of knowledge as a research method – DENVI Workshop, Garry Peterson and Kaisa Korhonen-Kurki, 21-25th November2016
Transdisciplinarity is a pre-requisite for research aiming at more sustainable development paths. As a part of transdisciplinary co-design of research and co-production of knowledge together with non-academic communities are increasingly applied to in the field of sustainability science. This course aims at offering a general overview on transdisciplinary research and the different ways to consider co-production as a research method. The practical exercise will concern actor constellation and role-play. After the course the students should understand how to conduct research with co-production approach (manage one or two methods in practice) and understand when and how different approaches can be used, their potentials, limitations and problems. Read more.