Working for a sustainable future: concepts and approaches

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  • Key concepts to frame and communicate sustainability
    • The first module presents essential concepts within sustainability science, and methods used to describe, frame and communicate aspects of sustainability. We look at key questions such as what we mean with strong or weak sustainability, resilience, tipping points and the notion of planetary boundaries. We also look at some techniques used of envisioning alternative futures and transitions pathways.
  • Sustainability through a systems lens
    • The second module is all about systems thinking and how systemic approaches are applied today to achieve long-term sustainability goals. Your will see what we mean with systems thinking and how systems thinking and design is applied in practice to find new solutions.
  • Drivers for a sustainable future
    • The third module touches upon drivers for a sustainable future, namely links to economy and businesses with an introduction to notions of a circular economy, and also policy and regulatory frameworks. Your will learn the basics of transformative policy frames and how they are designed and applied through a number of real-case examples.
  • Innovation and Sustainability
    • This module discusses the links between innovation and sustainability, highlighting approaches for technological, social, institutional and financial innovations. Some examples, or cases, aim to show how different actors across society balance in practice the need for innovative approaches for social, environmental and economic sustainability.
  • Working with scenarios
    • The fifth and last module provides general insights on how we work with models to create various scenarios that help us identify solutions and pathways for a more sustainable world. Three main dimensions are addressed namely climate and climate change, nature and biodiversity, and the importance of data and geodata science to support spatial planning and sustainable landuse.