CROP course on “Agenda 2030: Poverty, Climate Change and Sustainability” at the Bergen Summer Research School 2017

From 12 – 22 June junior researchers and PhD students from all over the world gathered in Bergen to take part in the Bergen Summer Research School 2017. The summer school focuses on global challenges faced by the world today, with eminent local and international guests from different fields of study exploring the most pressing issues related to migration, education, health, language, water and poverty.

CROP (Comparative Research Programme on Poverty) organized one of six parallel PhD courses that made up the summer school. The course on “Agenda 2030: Poverty, Climate Change and Sustainability” was led by Alberto Cimadamore (Scientific Director of CROP) and Noel Keenlyside (Professor at UiB’s Geophysical Institute), together with a panel of scholars that brought a significant contribution with their lectures.

This year’s course aimed in particular to familiarise participants with Transdisciplinary Research methodology (TDR) and to highlight the inter-relatedness of developmental and environmental challenges using Sustainability Science. ISSC Senior Executive Manager, Vivi Stavrou, contributed her longstanding experience within TDR. A welcome novelty this year was the presence of students and academic staff from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN). As part of the new partnership project between UKZN and the University of Bergen (UiB), seven PhD students and Professor Olivier Mtapuri took part in the course, having the possibility to extend their knowledge from a multidisciplinary and multicultural perspective and to share their own work with other young researchers. CROP was also happy to have had a contribution from William Clarke (Professor and co-director of the Sustainability Science Program at Harvard University), in the regular course and as a keynote speaker.