Urban Futures Open Research School course

Co-producing knowledge in transdisciplinary research – From practice to theory 

Two PhD courses for 2017-18 at Urban Futures Open Research School, 2x7.5 ECTS
Organised by Mistra Urban Futures/ Chalmers

SUSTAINABLE URBAN DEVELOPMENT – JOINING FORCES FOR CHANGE 

Sustainable urban development is one of the greatest challenges of our time. Cities face the challenges of changing climates, large demographic changes, stressed relationship with hinterlands, complex governance structures and increased segregation. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) have been set out by the UN in order to reduce social inequalities worldwide, which also puts the cities under deep pressure, as the highest income layers correlate with unsustainable living patterns. An integrated approach to address these challenges is necessary. 

To reach knowledge about a process of change towards a just and sustainable society, new research approaches are emerging. These innovative approaches take place out of necessity but also as part of an intentional qualitative transformation of the research process itself. Co-produced research is such an emerging approach, addressing the complexity of societies’ transformations by integrating different research actors into the same creative process. The outcome is a new kind of knowledge. First, it is transdisciplinary and developed in the emerging fields between disciplinary spaces. Second, it aims to be transformative, meaning changing present patterns of behaviour into more just and sustainable forms.

AIMS

This course, divided into two parts (2 x 7,5 ECTS), is directed for you who are dealing with so called ‘wicked urban problems’ in your daily practice or who aim to address such current and future urban challenges in your PhD research, and who see the urgency for a transdisciplinary approach. This course gives insight into urban dilemmas from both practice and academic perspectives and provides tools, methods and theory for transdisciplinary research. 

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS 

In order to be eligible for the course the applicant must fulfil the general entry requirements for postgraduate studies. Each applicant should also send in a short letter of motivation, describing his/hers interest for co-production within the urban context. If applying from practice, a master degree is required + the motivation letter. 

LAST DATE FOR APPLICATION

May 29th, 2017 (for the fall course)
Nov 17th, 2017 (for the spring course)

Applicants for the fall course will get responses no later than June 2017. 

COURSE PLAN 

Download the Course Plan here. 

HOW TO APPLY?

Upload your applications here

CONTACT 

For further questions, contact Henrietta Palmer, Deputy Scientific Director, Mistra Urban Futures, Henrietta.palmer@chalmers.se

ABOUT THE RESEARCH SCHOOL 

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    Co-producing Knowledge in Transdisciplinary Research — From Practice to Theory

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    Co-producing knowledge in transdisciplinary research – From practice to theory

  • Kursplan - Medskapande av kunskap i transdisciplinär forskning – från praktik till teori

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