The course will address what this means for critical subsystems in the earth system, for humanity, and for the development of earth system governance.
This course will define the research challenges that the Master's programme "Social-Ecological Resilience for Sustainable Development" will address. It will explore alternative approaches to coupled social-ecological systems from multiple disciplinary backgrounds, for example, economics, geography and ecology. The course will also introduce current approaches to measuring and monitoring how ecosystems support human well-being.
Students will be introduced to theoretical concepts and methods for analysis, and will conduct group and individual research projects that utilize these concepts and methods.
All independent students on this course are invited to take part in the introduction week to the Master's programme "Social-Ecological Resilience for Sustainable Development" which runs from 22th to 26th August.
Levin S. 2000. Fragile Dominion: Complexity and the Commons. Basic Books, USA. ISBN: 9780738203195
Meadows D. 2008. Thinking in Systems - A primer. Earthscan ISBN: 978-1-84407-726-7
Walker, B. and Salt, D. (2006) Resilience Thinking: Sustaining Ecosystems and People in a Changing World. Island Press, Washington DC
This course can be studied independently.
The course consists of the following three modules:
I: Challenges of Anthropocene (4 ECTS)
II: Linking theory to research questions and design (4 ECTS)
III: Ecosystem Support of Humanity (7 ECTS)
Detailed course syllabus will be available no later than four weeks before first lecture.
Example of a syllabus for this course (pdf, 925.6 kB)
Research news | 2019-02-21
Coral reefs face a new reality dominated by human impact and it is time for traditional coral reef ecological paradigms to follow suit
Research news | 2019-02-19
Better understanding of how organism traits in species communities change over time can prevent ecological collapse and improve ecological restoration
Research news | 2019-02-16
Centre partner in ambitious research to gain a deeper understanding of the relationship between humans and their environment in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals
Research news | 2019-02-15
Centre workshop presents multiple perspectives and discusses current concerns about the region. Watch videos here.
Research news | 2019-02-13
With a suite of benefits, participatory research has become increasingly popular. But there are many challenges too. Researchers examine the method and share their own experiences
Research news | 2019-02-13
Despite a variety of designs, the state plays a key role in all forms of policies around biodiversity offsetting