The course “Agenda 2030: Poverty, Climate Change and Sustainability” will be taught at the Bergen Summer Research School in June, 2019. It is part of the CROP/UiB-UKZN-CODESRIA UTFORSK Partnership for Poverty and Sustainable Development Studies.
Course lecturers include Oliver Mtapuri, Associate Professor, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Claudia Loggia, Senior Lecturer and Royal Society Research Fellow, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Torfinn Harding, Associate Professor, NHH Norwegina School of Economics, Erik Wilhelm Kolstad, Principal Researcher, NORCE AS and Lea Svendsen, Postdoctoral fellow, Geophysical Institute, UiB.
Eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions has been defined by the United Nations as “the greatest global challenge and an indispensable requirement for sustainable development” in their “Agenda 2030”. In the same document, climate change was defined as the other of the great challenges of our time due to its actual and predicted effects on present and future generations and its unprecedented and disproportioned impacts on the poorest and most vulnerable in the world.
The main objective of this course is to analyse these challenges within an integrated scientific framework and to provide students with tools to address these and other major global challenges. Transdisciplinary research (TDR) and more specifically, Sustainability Science, offer the possibility to address urgent societal problems focusing on the transition to sustainability and the quest for integrated research and teaching.