The course does not aim to provide definitive answers, but it raises questions in such a way that you become enabled to work through issues that come up while navigating the science-society interface. It was wonderful to be with a group of people that share the feeling that research can play a powerful role in societal transformations, yet are struggling with how to realize this.
The citation above is from PhD candidate Wietse Wiersma who took part in the 2021 edition of the course. An article about the course was published in the Wageningen UR journal “Resource”.
“Transformative Research for Global Social-Environmental Challenges” provides PhD candidates and early-career scholars with exciting concepts and methods to enhance the potential of their research to beneficially contribute to society and the environment. This course is taught by a range of scholars in Wageningen University & Research (WUR) and Stockholm Resilience Centre (SRC) who will guide students through critical concepts, methodological innovations, and tricky dilemmas that have challenged and enabled their own work. The course content focuses on the four main aspects of transformative research identified in the 71 Visions Report & further explored in the Transformative Dialogues @WUR series.