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Doctoral Courses

In connection to the themes Proposal writing and Future-oriented methodologies, two doctoral courses will be arranged, open to all doctoral students.

Sustainability impacts and Societal Relevance in Research Proposals

4 October - 17 December, Lund University (3 ECTS)

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. 

*Note. The workshop that was planned on November 10 has been moved to November 15. 

Future-Oriented Methodologies (FOMs)

Spring 2022 (dates to be announced), Faculty of Science, Lund University (5 ECTS)

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.