We offer courses and programmes to those acting at the grassroots, in board rooms, in the public service, or for those who are just growing curious about sustainability, resilience, and equity
In addition to our Masters’ and PhD education we offer a diverse range of transdisciplinary programming to support and strengthen capacities to navigate complex system dynamics and challenges.
Across the courses and programmes, we test a variety of pedagogical approaches and methods, which also continues to inform our science.
Our aim is to support a plurality of lifelong learners and “changemakers” to apply scientific insights to real-time issues while weaving these insights with multiple ways of knowing and context-sensitive approaches.
Courses and programmes
The executive programme in resilience thinking is tailor-made for business leaders to take a deep dive into the megatrends shaping our planet and global economy. The programme clarifies what these interconnected changes mean for your company, and highlights business opportunities that also bring social and environmental benefits. Read more
This programme is designed to strengthen innovation by, and for, public and civil sector workers in the Southern African Development Community. Read more
This course offers an overview of the rapidly evolving trends in global environmental change and the responses aimed at slowing or eliminating these changes. Learn how unsustainable patterns of production, consumption and population growth have challenge planetary resilience, all in support of human activity – and how our societies can develop in a just and safe way within the planet’s boundaries. Read more
This course offers insight into how concepts from resilience may help us rethink and transform current development practice. It includes case studies and examples from practitioners who are working with resilience concepts in diverse contexts around the world. The course is supported by strong scientific evidence and committed to being a platform to bring together and spark collaboration between individuals and organizations from around the world who are driven to transform development. Read more
Världens Eko is an orientation course on sustainable development and global change. The course is taught in Swedish. Read more
This programme provides an intensive high-end training to broaden the research competencies of postdocs and promote their qualifications towards transdisciplinary leadership. It also offers seed funding (e.g. for stakeholder meetings or proposal writing activities) to small groups of participants, who plan to initiate research collaborations. Furthermore, an active network of current and former participants of the program will be established. Read more
This online course will provide an introduction to resilience assessments and related social-ecological systems methods. The five-day immersive course will be asynchronous with two online sessions daily coupled with offline readings, presentations, and a group project. Read more
Previous course offerings
BALTICLEAD (formerly known as LEAP, then LEAD) (2014-2020) was a leadership programme designed for system entrepreneurship and transformations to sustainability in the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe, offered in partnership with Planethon and Swedish Institute. The programme aimed to help participants develop new ways of thinking and capacities to drive large-scale systemic change in an ever-evolving, complex and uncertain world. Through participation, lectures and course activities, participants gain actionable knowledge from some of the most insightful people in sustainability science, business, social leadership, social innovation, self-development, public narrative, exponential technologies, entrepreneurship and impact investment.
Transforming Change (2018-2020) gathered cohorts, drawn from a diversity of sectors and organizations in Africa, who were attempting to deeply transform the paradigm and practices of change, reimagining the practices, systems and institutions of our world to better support regenerative development and thriving social-ecological systems. This programme was developed in partnership with the Centre for Systems in Transition at Stellenbosch University and the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business, and continues to inform our work today with an active Alumni network.
Rockefeller Global Fellowship on Social Innovation (2013-2016) one of our early global offerings, this Fellowship programme convened changemakers from around the world who were seeking to transform systems towards sustainability and justice. Over 10 months, each cohort engaged in learning about the diffuse mindsets, conceptual frameworks, and practical tools that could enable well-positioned social change agents to become more effective system entrepreneurs and left with a strong global network. The program was designed and delivered in partnership with the Waterloo Institute on Social Innovation and Resilience, the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business, and the University of Victoria Centre for Global Studies. The program drew on international experts in social innovation, complexity, and social-ecological resilience as well as on local experts confronting intractable social and environmental challenges in the host cities of each module. Although the program is now complete, the partnerships and alumni network continue to offer rich learning experiences.
News & events
Research news | 2024-02-20
Having good neighbours and few top predators make predatory fish populations more resilient
A regime shift is gradually spreading through the archipelagos of the Swedish Baltic Sea coast, where shallow bays, previously dominated by pike and perch have one by one become dominated by one of their prey species, the three-spined stickleback.
Research news | 2024-02-08
Eating new plant-based foods can be good for the environment, your health and your economy
Replacing animal-source foods with plant-based alternatives or whole foods decreases environmental impact, meets nutrition recommendations, and can be cost-competitive with the current average Swedish diet
Research news | 2024-01-29
Bird AI and sailing drones – green game changers for marine ecosystems
Groups of guillemots on an island in the Baltic Sea have unknowingly inspired how marine research can be done. Two AI-powered research projects can change how to monitor marine ecosystems – and potentially manage them in real-time
Research news | 2024-01-24
Centralised social networks can hinder innovation by making decision-making too similar
Social systems where influence is centred around one or two individuals can lead to pack mentality and groupthink in farming communities
Research news | 2024-01-23
Planetary Commons: Fostering global cooperation to safeguard critical Earth system functions
We should look at tipping elements of the Earth system as global commons, argue researchers in a new paper published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Research news | 2024-01-22
Soy: A world journey from success to uncertainty
From a bean valued for its multitude of functions in ancient China to one of the most traded agricultural commodities of the modern world: the soybean has gone through dramatic changes throughout the millennia.