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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 free of charge and open for all PhD students at Lund University. 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 2021

Health and the environment with a focus on climate change and sustainability

30 August - 29 September, Faculty of Medicine

The course provides students with an introduction to the impact of external environmental factors on people’s health, focusing especially on the climate, and how climate change can affect the environmental conditions with regard to their impact on health. The course is primarily intended for doctoral students with an interest in the links between environment, health and climate. Another target group is other doctoral students at Lund University. The course is broad in appeal and has no requirements with regard to prior knowledge.

Cultural dimensions of sustainable development

31 August - 5 October, Faculty of Humanities and Theology

How is “culture” integrated in the sustainability goals? Is it to be perceived as a unique dimension, perhaps a “fourth pillar”, or as a driver and enabler of sustainability? This course increases the understanding of the role and meaning of culture in sustainable development. It offers a possibility to both explore the normative uses of culture in connection to sustainability discourse, and to use culture as a dimension through which understandings of social, economic, and environmental sustainability may appear in different contexts.

Digital monies for a sustainable future

1 September - 14 October, School of Economics and Management

This 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).

Representing sustainability

4 October - 12 November, Faculty of Fine and Performing Arts

In the course, the student examines how the narratives surrounding the global Sustainable Development Goals are created, can be understood and be related to their own third cycle project. The student will receive a theoretical grounding in analysis of metaphor and discourse in order to critically review the language, images and narrative relating to the global Sustainable Development Goals. The course also offers an introduction to artistic method in order to provide practical tools for the creation of a multi-modal, perspectivised and designed narration.

  • Course description (PDF, 174 kB, new tab)
  • Course schedule: To be announced
  • Deadline for registration: To be announced
  • Course coordinator: Jörgen Dahlqvist
    jorgen [dot] dahlqvist [at] thm [dot] lu [dot] se

Justice, equality, and the 2030 Agenda

1 - 30 November, Faculty of Social Science

The course provides a critical introduction to the 2030 Agenda from the perspectives of justice and equality. The course emphasizes the challenges involved in implementing the 2030 Agenda in both the Global North and the Global South, analysing processes of stratification, social exclusion, discrimination and unequal opportunities. The course takes a multi-scalar approach, linking global processes, politics, institutions and structures to their local practices, outcomes and experiences. The course invites doctoral students to connect their own research to the themes of the course, regardless of their disciplinary background.

  • Course description (PDF, 100 kB, new tab)
  • Course schedule: To be announced
  • Deadline for registration: To be announced
  • Course coordinator: Agnes Andersson Djurfeldt
    agnes [dot] andersson_djurfeldt [at] keg [dot] lu [dot] se

Sustainability Impacts and Societal Relevance in Research Proposals

To be announced, Faculty of Science

The course is about identifying, estimating and formulating societal relevance and sustainability impacts in writing; examples of sustainability requirements and criteria in research call texts; sustainability impacts across different time scales; distribution aspects; local, national and global sustainability impacts; global trade and economic impacts; life-cycle analysis; policy and regulation; systemic approaches; sociotechnical systems; goal conflicts; sustainability indicators; sustainable development goals; planetary boundaries. 


PhD courses, Spring 2022

Future-Oriented Methodologies (FOMs)

To be announced, Faculty of Science

The course gives a broad introduction to some of the issues connected to FOMs, and of research fields where future-oriented tools and approaches have been developed; heuristic and exploratory approaches to issues with incompletely mapped causal mechanisms; simulation and forecasting; machine learning; scenarios, backcasting and vision work; blind spots and systematic bias; extreme values; systemic design; integration of expert knowledge and participatory methodologies in FOMs.


Helena Gonzales Lindberg
Research administrator
helena_gonzales [dot] lindberg [at] cec [dot] lu [dot] se
+46 (0)730-81 49 68