In October 2017 Leuphana University of Lüneburg – together with the Robert Bosch foundation – started an exciting new research group “Processes of Sustainability Transformation”. Within this interdisciplinary research group 12 PhD students are conducting research on drivers and barriers of transformation processes towards sustainability: What can we learn from successful examples of such processes? What can we learn from failures? What can we learn about transformation from different disciplines and perspectives? And how does transformation take place in different places and across time scales? In answering these questions, the research group is systematically analysing processes of transformation towards sustainability in different contexts, regions and perspectives. The aims of this research are threefold:

  1. to produce high-quality contributions to further research on transformation processes in sustainability science,
  2. to create a better conceptual, theoretical and methodological understanding of drivers, barriers and opportunities for sustainability transformations, and
  3. to offer a tailored PhD programme for excellent students in sustainability science.

The innovative character of the project is also reflected in the structure of the PhD programme to best serve the students’ needs. Together with our partners from research institutes and universities both in Germany and globally PhDs have been offered the opportunity to conduct an internship of up to 12 months either at one of our international partner universities or at one of our national research institutes. This is allowing students to deepen their academic experience as well as their international and interdisciplinary research practice.

Learn more about this new research group: what this project is all about, how the curriculum is structured for PhD students, who are the people involved as well as partner institutions and finally stay updated on our recent project outputs!

This research project runs until September 2020. If you are interested be sure to sign up to receive updates, check out our blog or contact us directly, we´d love to hear back from you!

The project is funded by the Robert Bosch Stiftung and is hosted by Leuphana University Lüneburg.