Welcome to Theories of Sustainable Transitions


This PhD course is intended for students conducting research related to analysis, design and innovation processes for the needed transformations to achieve sustainability goals. The teachers of the course will offer advanced discussion in theories of transitions and will illustrate their theoretical work through case studies conducted in various places including Holland, Denmark, the United Kingdom, Brazil and Argentina. These case studies range from local community based initiatives, to city projects to country and regional programs for sustainability. International collaboration efforts will also be discussed.


At the end of this course the students would be able to:

  1. Explain how their own project and ideas relate to state of the art discussions in transitions theories (MLP; TIS; AOD; Practice Theory)
  2. Explain the principal issues involved in innovations for sustainable transitions.
  3. Describe the main challenges and efforts to sustainable transitions in Brazil and Argentina.
  4. Describe the main challenges and efforts to sustainable transitions in urban settings analysing examples from Europe and Latin America.
  5. Describe the main governance challenges and advancements in relation to governance theories to achieve sustainable transitions.

Organizers: Post doc Andrés Valderrama afvp@plan.aau.dk and Professor Ulrik Jørgensen uljo@plan.aau.dk

Lecturers: Rob Raven, Andrés Valderrama, Ulrik Jørgensen, Inge Røpke, Jens Stissing Jensen, Chiara Frantini and Erik Lauridsen

ECTS: 5.0

Time: May 25-27, 2016

Place: Aalborg University, Copenhagen, A. C. Meyers Vænge 15, room ACM15 3.84A

Zip code: 2450

Copenhagen SV

Number of seats: 15

Deadline: May 4, 2016

Important information concerning PhD courses: We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 5,000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately three months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations.