Development and Sustainability Science: Exploratory Meeting

Development and Sustainability Science: Exploratory Meeting

MEETING organised by CROP, in collaboration with UiB Global and The Department of Health Promotion and Development, University of Bergen.

28-29 January 2014 | University of Bergen, Norway

This exploratory meeting is a continuation of work initiated in May 2013 in Bergen, at the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) Workshop Development and Sustainability Science: The Challenge of Transdisciplinary Knowledge for Social Change.

A book inspired by that meeting is presently under development, with the tentative title "Development, Sustainability Science and the Challenge of Social Change".

By their expressions of interest in moving forward together on the theme of that Workshop, and by their enthusiasm for participating in the creation of the book, the WUN project participants have stimulated this exploratory meeting. The aims are to:

•    Identify the most pressing problems and topics in the arena of development and sustainability science, which call for transdisciplinary research
•    Determine participants’ interest in developing a roadmap for research on this theme, and begin to prioritize research questions that might be addressed in an eventual funding proposal
•    Explore the possibilities for research in this arena in the EU Horizon 2020 agenda, and other research funding programmes

The Workshop, the book and this Exploratory Meeting are practical steps on the path to forge a new international collaboration between the University of Bergen and other national and international institutions.

The goal is to work towards connecting social and environmental sciences for a definite purpose: enhancing the well- being of people and their environments where it is most needed, namely the places where severe poverty stubbornly continues to hamper sustainable human development. 

The required transition calls for a new form of cooperation, which crosses traditional boundaries of human activities and scientific disciplines.

For questions in relation to the workshop, contact the organizers by e-mail at:


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