2021 STRN/NEST Methodology School – Call for Applications and preliminary schedule



Please note that due to a very high number of applications, the review process has been slightly delayed – applicants will be notified no later than Friday, April 23rd .

The Sustainability Transitions Research Network (STRN) and Network of Early Career Researchers in Sustainability Transitions (NEST) jointly invite PhD students and early career researchers to the 2021 STRN/NEST School on Methodologies and Methods for Sustainability Transitions Research. Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the school will take place online from late April to June 2021, starting in week 17 (April 26th-30th) and ending in week 23 (June 7th-11th). This year, due to the extraordinary situation and the changed format, participation in the school will be offered free of charge.

Over these seven weeks, participants will take part in a series of lectures, workshops and discussions organised by leading transitions scholars, accompanied by a social programme, including group quizzes and film cafés. Participants will also take part in a policy hackathon, in which they will work in groups, providing concrete proposals on innovation programmes in the area of the circular economy to a panel, including representatives from the Swedish innovation agency, Vinnova. The planned total workload for the school will be approximately 80 hours, including preparation and attendance. While the organisers recognise that not all participants will be able to join all parts of the programme, participation in the main school modules will be required to receive a certificate of participation. Due to national differences in ECTS credit calculation, translation of the school workload (80 hours) into credits will need to be done by the participants’ own institutions. In order to enable students in different geographical locations and time zones to participate as much as possible, programme events will take place at different days and times throughout the course of the programme. The preliminary schedule and thematic foci of the different weeks can be found below, while a detailed schedule including information on the main modules, dates and times of the individual sessions will be published shortly.

Week 17 (26.4. – 30.4.) School opening

Introduction to epistemology and ontology
Week 18 (3.5. – 7.5.) Epistemological and ontological foundations
of transition research
Week 19 (10.5. – 14.5.) Introduction to quantitative modelling &
quantitative models

Launch of the policy hackathon
Week 20 (17.5. – 21.5.) Bridging models and other approaches

Large scale models and empirical modelling

The performativity of concepts: How the world
has changed because of transition studies
Week 21 (24.5. – 28.5.) Qualitative research: What is it and what are the
quality criteria?

Hackathon consultation
Week 22 (31.5. – 4.6.)Researching paradoxes in transformative inno-
vation and sustainability transitions

Hackathon presentations

Ask the editors: what is “good” research and
does methodology matter?
Week 23 (7.6. – 11.6.) Experiments and transdisciplinarity in
transitions

Closing event


Confirmed speakers for the PhD School include:

  • Floor Alkemade (Eindhoven University of Technology)
  • Saurabh Arora (SPRU; University of Sussex)
  • Anna Bergek (Chalmers University of Technology)
  • Olivier Ejderyan (ETH Zurich)
  • Lea Fünfschilling (Lund University)
  • Frank Geels (University of Manchester)
  • Auke Hoekstra (Eindhoven University of Technology)
  • Jonathan Köhler (Fraunhofer ISI)
  • Bonno Pel (Université libre de Bruxelles)
  • Karolina Safarzynska (University of Warsaw)
  • Anton Sentic (Zurich University of Applied Sciences)
  • Mariësse van Sluisveld (Lund University)
  • Adrian Smith (SPRU, University of Sussex)
  • Benjamin Sovacool (SPRU, University of Sussex)
  • Andy Stirling (SPRU, University of Sussex)
  • Bernhard Truffer (Eawag/Utrecht University)
  • Bruno Turnheim (LISIS)
  • Frances Westley (University of Waterloo)
  • Anna Wieczorek (Eindhoven University of Technology)
  • Timo von Wirth (DRIFT)
  • Julia Wittmayer (DRIFT)
  • Mohammad Zolfagharian (Eindhoven University of Technology)

The call for applications is open! Interested participants are invited to fill out and submit the attached application form via e-mail to Secretariaat.TIS@tue.nl (please use “STRN/NEST Methodology School application”in the subject line) by 12:00 CEST on Monday, April 12th. Successful applicants will be notified no later than April 23rd , 2021.

In case of any questions regarding the Methodology School, please contact lea.funfschilling@circle.lu.se or Jonathan.Koehler@isi.fraunhofer.de


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