Master in Societal Transitions

Educating transformative leaders for a sustainable future
Jonathan van Rijn

Starting this year, IHS is taking part in a new Master's programme on Societal Transitions in collaboration with other faculties and institutes of Erasmus University Rotterdam, including ESPhilDRIFTESSBISS and RSM.

About the programme

The programme focuses on socio-economic challenges to better understand relationships between culture, politics, economy, technology and ecology, acknowledging the need to synthesize multiple disciplinary perspectives and drawing connections between these. To address societal challenges, technological and social innovation are both necessary but not sufficient.

The new Master's programme takes an interdisciplinary approach to the topic of social transitions by combining many different disciplines, such as philosophy, economics, management, public administration and sociology. During the programme, you will learn how to confront and understand urban (un)sustainability and apply transition thinking and transformative methods. Throughout the year, you will have the possibility to follow leadership development and reflection-related courses.

Unique features

  • You will learn to analyse societal transitions from multiple perspectives ranging from economic, philosophical, political and social to environmental, psychological and ethical. The programme is open to students from all backgrounds.

  • From theory to practice: you will learn to connect scientific knowledge with knowledge from practice and work in teams on concrete issues.
  • The programme offers you the opportunity to design and facilitate an intervention for a sustainability challenge in the graduation project instead of writing a traditional thesis.
  • The master creates space for reflexivity, cocreation, experimentation and critical thinking and supports your personal development.
  • Studying Societal Transitions in Rotterdam means living in a dynamic city that is an inspiration and city lab for your studies.
IHS Academic Director Dr Dr Lasse Gerrits

IHS involvement

IHS contributes to the programme by giving lectures on Urban (un)sustainability. The module presents real-world sustainability challenges from a global perspective and introduces students to basic infrastructures such as mobility, energy, housing and water. Students will also learn about Sustainable Development Goals, the Planetary Boundary and the Doughnut Economy frameworks.

Amongst others, IHS lecturers Dr Dr Lasse Gerrits, Alexander Los and Alberto Gianoli will take part in this programme.

Applications are open!

Are you eager to reduce inequalities? Would you like to contribute to solving the energy crisis? Do you want to dedicate your (work) life to ensuring just and sustainable futures for all? Then the Master Societal Transitions is probably a good fit for you.

Find out more about the application procedure here.

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