Futuring for Sustainability

Organizing institution
Utrecht University - Faculty of Geosciences
Course code
S30
Course fee (excl. housing)
€ 750.00
Level
Advanced Master
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What we do in the present is profoundly influenced by our expectations of our futures. Join us for an interactive course to understand how techniques of futuring contribute to realizing societal transformations towards sustainability: living well equitably within ecological means. Learn to imagine positive futures and mobilize to achieve them in a democratic fashion. Understand futuring techniques including scenario planning, modeling, backcasting, experiential futuring, arts-based approaches, and design. Try out these techniques by experimenting in a real-world setting in workstudio sessions. This course builds your capacity to develop new visions and imaginations of possible futures and alternative sustainability pathways.

What we do in the present is profoundly influenced by our expectations of our futures. Join us for an interactive course to learn to understand how techniques of futuring contribute to realizing societal transformations towards sustainability: living well equitably within ecological means. Learn how to imagine positive futures and mobilize to achieve them in a democratic and participatory fashion. Understand futuring techniques including scenario planning, modeling, backcasting, experiential futuring, arts-based approaches, science fiction, and design. Try out these techniques by experimenting in a real-world setting in workstudio sessions. This course builds your capacity to develop new visions and imaginations of possible futures and alternative sustainability pathways.

Course director

Prof. dr. Maarten Hajer

Lecturers

Prof. Dr. Maarten Hajer

Dr. Lenneke Kuijer

Dr. Roy Bendor

Dr. Jeroen Oomen

Dr. Jesse Hoffman

More to be announced

Target audience

Designed for graduate students from all disciplinary backgrounds, particularly advanced Masters and Doctoral students. We also consider Masters students, Postdoctoral students, and select practitioners who are interested in futuring and sustainability.

Course aim

The course aims to provide participants with an overview of techniques of futuring as tools and processes for catalyzing the transformation to sustainability through increased democratic participation and expanded imagination. Participants are equipped with the knowledge to understand and apply these techniques for further independent study and for addressing societal challenges.

Study load

1.5 ECTs

Costs

Course fee
€ 750.00
Housing fee
€ 200.00

Housing through Utrecht Summer School

Scholarships

Some scholarships may be available. Please indicate your interest in being considered for a scholarship in your motivation letter.

Application

We welcome you to send us a motivation letter or alternatively send us another creative approach to express your interest in this course (e.g., slides, video, storyboard). Please also include your c.v.

For this course you are required to upload the following documents when applying:

  • Motivation Letter
  • C.V.

More information

Course Lead Coordinator: Dr. Jeroen Oomen

Please direct your questions to: j.j.oomen@uu.nl

Registration

Application deadline: 01 May 2020