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Veranstaltungen von Lea Gathen


Sustainability transitions governance: contrasting approaches (Seminar)

Dozent/in: Lea Gathen

14-täglich | Montag | 14:15 - 17:45 | 24.10.2022 - 03.02.2023 | C 12.107 | .

Inhalt: This course deals with transitions to sustainability - fundamental societal or socio-technical changes towards a sustainable system of society. We discuss academic literature and investigate promising and failed examples of sustainability transition. We engage with current research on the theoretical foundations and practical conditions for transitions towards sustainability. 'Sustainability transitions' is a comparatively young field of research that studies how fundamental societal or socio-technical change occurs and how such change for sustainability can be instigated and maintained. The course will be structured accordingly. Have a look at the seminar plan for more details provided. Session 1 introduces the course topic and structure and explains what is expected from course participants. In addition, key terms, and definitions, as well as basic concepts in the field will be explained Sessions 2 and 3 will comprise lectures, discussions, and thinking exercises on the core aspects of sustainability transitions. We will revisit the multi-level perspective (MLP) and current approaches to instigate, govern and manage sustainability transitions. Sessions 4 and 5 will introduce you to perspectives on the discontinuation of existing non-sustainable practices, as well as phasing-out technologies which threaten climate goals. This will largely be based on a thorough discussion of current academic texts. (1) During these sessions, every student will present the essentials of and some personal reflection on one key text as a basis for discussion in the group. In order, to allow for a high level of class discussion, all participants are asked to read the respective texts for each session, but there will be some time provided for revisiting the arguments of the texts (2).