The PhD study program of the Robert-Bosch research group “Processes of Sustainability Transformation” aims for the best support of each individual PhD student. As a “Community of Practice”, it is our collaborative effort and responsibility to make that happen. Thus, each individual study program will be aligned with the overall research design and will be coordinated among the participants. All PhD students will be involved in the planning and implementation process.

The PhD study program is guided by Leuphana’s conviction that a promising way to solve the complex problems of the 21st century is to enable students to assess problems and solutions from many perspectives. The framework of the educational program is aligned with the PhD Program of Leuphana’s Graduate School, responds to international recommendations for the support of doctoral education (EUA Council for Doctoral Education 2005), and aligns with the concept of core sustainability competencies (Wiek et al. 2011). Within this framework it can be co-designed by the scholars with regard to their needs and challenges.

The planning and implementation of the individual PhD research proposal is the focal point and will be supported with seminars and presentations. Furthermore, the Graduate School supports developing inter- and transdisciplinary competencies with seminars and workshops.

Innovative Pathways for Conducting a PhD Research

Within the PhD study program, we offer an option that adds benefit to the overall program objectives and the prospective careers as future sustainability change agents: you are invited to do an internship (up to 12 months) in a national research institution or an international partner university (see partners for more details) during the scholarship. Each host institution supports conceptual, theoretical, and empirical studies and the development of intercultural and transdisciplinary competencies of the participants.

Seminars and Workshops

Within the study program various formats will be instilled to support the progress of each individual PhD.
  • Workshops, either weekly or over multiple days, will help to engage with foundations of transdisciplinary sustainability science and theories of transformation processes. These workshops will be complemented by talks given by guest professors and invited speakers.
  • Bi-weekly research colloquia offer the opportunity to present and discuss progress on the individual PhD studies
  • Invited experts from various disciplines will provide their expertise in methods, contexts and disciplines through interactive talks.
  • Research symposia will allow for an exchange with academic and non-academic stakeholders