PhD course “Transformative Research for Sustainability Challenges"

22 Apr 2024 - 03 May 2024
University of Twente, Enschede, the Netherlands

The course “Transformative Research for Sustainability Challenges" provides PhD candidates with exciting concepts and methods to enhance the potential of their research to beneficially contribute to society and the environment. Participants are guided through a process designed to surface and examine fundamental assumptions that underpin their research approaches to inspire future trajectories both within and beyond their PhD. This year the course will be hosted by the University of Twente (UT) and includes scholars from the Urban Futures Studio at the Utrecht University (UU), Wageningen University & Research (WUR), Stockholm Resilience Centre (SRC) and the federation of four Dutch universities of technology (4TU). They will guide students through critical concepts, methodological innovations, and tricky dilemmas that have challenged and enabled their own work. The course content focuses on four main aspects of transformative research identified in the 71 Visions Report.

Calls for registration will open in September. Sign up to the email list here to receive notification of when registration opens.

This course received an Education Innovation Award in 2021 and is supported by 4TU, WIMEK, EWUU Alliance, Urban Futures Studio, Utrecht University and Centre for Unusual Collaborations (CUCo).

Duration and dates: 2 weeks, April 22 – May 3, 2024

Location: University of Twente, Enschede, the Netherlands

Content coordination: Josie Chambers (

For more information watch the course video here or visit the website here.