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Agenda 2030 PhD courses

The Agenda 2030 Graduate School provides interdisciplinary PhD courses based on the societal challenges related to the Sustainable Development Goals.

The courses are open to all PhD students at Lund University and free of charge. Admission priority will be given to the PhD students within the Agenda 2030 graduate school. There is a possibility for PhD students from other universities and master students to participate in courses - please contact the course coordinator of the specific course for further information. Below you find information about currently offered courses, course registration and course coordinators.

    PhD courses, Autumn 2023

    Health and the environment with special focus on climate and sustainability

    28 August - 26 September 2023, Faculty of Medicine (digital)

    This interdisciplinary course aims to deliver knowledge and enhance understanding within the field of environmental epidemiology, with a focus on environmental health and relevant Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The course contains introduction to environmental medicine, climatology, climate modelling and climate change as well as in depth focus on themes concerning different health aspects, environment and climate, including heat and cold, air, water, built environment and lifestyles.

    • Course information (PDF, 134 kB, new tab)
    • Course coordinator: Kristoffer Mattisson
    • kristoffer [dot] mattisson [at] med [dot] lu [dot] se (kristoffer[dot]mattisson[at]med[dot]lu[dot]se)

    Existential sustainability: Expanding the discourse on sustainability

    18 September 2023 - 18 January 2024, Faculties of Humanities and Theology

    What is existential sustainability and how can existential perspectives become part of contemporary sustainability work? In the process of implementing the green transition, new perspectives have emerged, relating to the existential and religious dimensions of human life. In this course, existential and religious studies perspectives on sustainability will be studied in relation to perspectives on the built environment, as a way of expanding the conceptual framework of Agenda 2030. Special attention is paid to the human being as a narrative being, which will be examined through three theoretical complexes, namely place, deep time, and identity. Departing from an excursion to Råängen at Brunnshög, the students will study how existential meaning and identity are created through storytelling in relation to place and time. The course is given in collaboration with the department of Architecture and Built Environment.

    • Course information and schedule (PDF, 104 kB, new tab)
    • Course syllabus (PDF, 254 kB, new tab)
    • Literature list (PDF, 423 kB, new tab)
    • Course registration: Send Lovisa Nyman an e-mail.
    • Deadline for registration: 8 September 2023.
    • Course coordinator: Lovisa Nyman
    • lovisa [dot] nyman [at] ctr [dot] lu [dot] se (lovisa[dot]nyman[at]ctr[dot]lu[dot]se)

    A law to save the world?

    29 November 2023 - 31 January 2024, Faculty of Law

    Sustainable development – in its 2015 UN General Assembly “Agenda 2030” instantiation – seeks to halt climate change, create sustainable patterns of production and consumption, stop the decrease of biodiversity, to end poverty, and more. It is seen as an effective method for mobilization around a set of global social priorities but has also been criticized for being a futile attempt to save the world without transforming it.
    The course brings all three spheres of sustainable development - the economy, the environment and “the social” into focus.

    • Course plan (PDF, 571 kB, new tab)
    • Course registration and deadline to be announced.
    • Course coordinator: Markus Gunneflo
    • markus [dot] gunneflo [at] jur [dot] lu [dot] se (markus[dot]gunneflo[at]jur[dot]lu[dot]se)

    PhD courses, Spring 2024

    Digital monies for a sustainable future

    4 April - 16 May 2024, School of Economics and Management

    Growing inequality, apocalyptic environmental damage, and the protracted effects of a global financial crisis have resulted in a discussion on the role of our monetary system for the organization of society. At the same time, new technological and financial developments are giving rise to much experimentation on new forms of money. This interdisciplinary PhD course examines the technological developments that are facilitating monetary innovation and the role of monetary entrepreneurs in re-organising the production and circulation of money. The course provides students with the tools to explore opportunities for addressing big societal challenges and asks in particular how new forms of money can contribute to developing more just and equal societies. To understand these new digital monies, the course uses theories from the subfields of organisation studies, innovation and entrepreneurship, and STS (science and technology studies).

    • Course syllabus (PDF, 138 kB, new tab)
    • Preliminary course schedule (PDF, 129 kB, new tab)
    • Course registration and deadline will open in 2024.
    • Course coordinator: Ester Barinaga
    • kristoffer [dot] mattisson [at] med [dot] lu [dot] se (ester[dot]barinaga[at]fek[dot]lu[dot]se)


    Ylva van Meeningen
    Research administrator
    ylva [dot] van_meeningen [at] cec [dot] lu [dot] se (ylva[dot]van_meeningen[at]cec[dot]lu[dot]se)
    +46 (0)730-81 49 68