IDS Working Paper 577
Explore critical approaches to sustainability, with theories and methods that can help you to discover and support alternative and diverse pathways and perspectives.
Major social and environmental challenges around the world have provoked a search for solutions. But sustainability is about more than fixing technical problems. Seeking equitable, diverse responses is a political challenge, requiring struggle and understanding between many perspectives and values in the face of incomplete knowledge about the world. The way knowledge is used and produced is also shaped by unequal relations of power.
This free and Open Access six-part course draws on the work of the ESRC STEPS Centre in addressing this challenge.
The course builds on the Summer School on Pathways to Sustainability run annually by the STEPS Centre. Themes include understanding policy processes, uncertainty, technology and innovation, resource politics, and methodologies.
To equip participants with critical tools and methods to challenge dominant narratives and approaches to sustainability, and uncover alternatives in research and practice.
Early career researchers, PhD researchers and practitioners who work in fields relevant to sustainability and international development.
The course is in six parts, with video lectures and reading lists in each part. Some parts also include suggested exercises to help you think about particular challenges.
You can complete the course at your own pace.
At the end of the course, you will have gained: