737019 Frontiers in social ecology and sustainability transformations

Semester hours
Lecturer (assistant)
Winiwarter, Verena
Offered in
Wintersemester 2021/22
Languages of instruction


The world is facing critical challenges, from climate change to the overuse of natural resources and the loss of natural habitats. Societies will need to undergo important transformations to become more sustainable. Leading these transformations requires a better understanding of nature-society interactions, as well as innovative ideas to apply scientific knowledge. This lecture series, offered by Verena Winiwarter and young scholars working at the Institute for Social Ecology (BOKU) and the Institute of Ecological Economics (WU), will reveal cutting edge results from the field of social ecology, and provide reflections and solutions on how this knowledge can contribute to a more sustainable society.
The series touches on several of the most pressing sustainability problems, from the transformation of global ecosystem degradation, bioeconomy strategies, agrarian extractivism, electronic waste, and will introduce students to various socio-ecological accounting and modelling approaches. Students will as well be provided the opportunity to discuss with practitioners outside academia, to learn how academic knowledge can be transferred to other actors and contribute to the needed societal transformations towards sustainability.

Previous knowledge expected

A finished bachelor’s degree. This is a course on Master level. It might be helpful to have taken the introductory course on Social Ecology, but this is not required.

Objective (expected results of study and acquired competences)

Students will acquire a better understanding of the complex relations between societies and their natural environments. Several approaches on how to analyze these relations will be introduced and discussed. Paths forging a transformation towards a sustainable society would be scrutinized.
You can find more details like the schedule or information about exams on the course-page in BOKUonline.