853414 Sustainability: Theories and challenges for doctoral candidates (in Eng.)


Art
Vorlesung und Seminar
Semesterstunden
2
Vortragende/r (Mitwirkende/r)
Muhar, Andreas , Lindenthal, Thomas , Plank, Christina
Organisation
Angeboten im Semester
Sommersemester 2022
Unterrichts-/ Lehrsprachen
Englisch

Lehrinhalt

• Sustainability as a normative concept
Historic development of definitions
Related scientific concepts (resilience, circularity, sufficiency, diversity, quality of life, de-growth, responsibility …)
Concepts of sustainability from different cultural backgrounds (buen vivir, integrity of creation…)
Institutionalisation of sustainability (organisations, agreements, processes; e.g. UN SDGs)

• Sustainability as theory of change
Theories of transformation and change
Societal dynamics between stability and development
Drivers of change, leverage points of intervention
Grand Challenges and Global Change
Justice and equity in the context of sustainability and change
Transformation pathways

• Sustainability and Doctoral research
Sustainability research as a scientific discipline vs. integrated principle
Transformation research vs. transformative research
Methodological approaches and challenges (systems thinking, case studies, participatory research, interdisciplinarity, transdisciplinarity…)
Sustainability relevance of research
Normative expectations and freedom of research
Conflicts and synergies between research practices and sustainability

Lehrziel

•Participants are familiar with relevant theoretical foundations of sustainability
•Participants understand the challenges of integrating sustainability into scientific research processes
•Participants can relate their own research work to concepts of sustainability
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