How can systemic drivers of global challenges be identified? What are transformations and how do they come about? How can different forms of experimentation and adaptive learning be used to achieve transformation? This one-week module focuses on the development of competencies for contemporary global leaders working to tackle global challenges. It is designed for programme coordinators, project leaders, strategists, and other individuals seeking to facilitate transformative solutions in their work. It uses both interdisciplinary theories and insights from practice to equip participants with the skills to critically understand complex global challenges and confront them in practice.
The world is confronting a complex set of global challenges as expressed in the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals. Addressing these challenges requires profound transformations. While these challenges are universal, they are experienced across the globe in many and different local contexts. Hence, solutions need to be rooted in local contexts, but also draw on and contribute to emerging global and more universal standards. The search for new solutions for addressing these challenges is ongoing. They have generated a thick and dense web of transnational communities of people and organizations, including a wide range of international organisations and a host of smaller and bigger formal and informal transnational networks, navigating and contesting the nature of and solutions for global challenges.
This one-week module is offered by Utrecht University’s Centre for Global Challenges, a joint initiative of the Faculty of Humanities and the Faculty of Law, Economics, and Governance. The Centre promotes interdisciplinary collaboration and experimentation between Utrecht University researchers, its students, and societal stakeholders from across the globe. Our aim is to critically understand and confront in transformative ways those global challenges that intersect human rights, conflict & security, sustainability, and equity.
It aims to generate a critical understanding of global challenges and the notion of transformations. It addresses questions such as: why are transformations necessary and helpful to address global challenges? How are these challenges related? It also develops an understanding of the different perspectives in which transformations are being approached, its commonalities, differences and best practices. It draws on a variety of disciplines such as global history, law, political science, sustainable transitions studies, science and technology studies and development economics. It begins by examining the notion of transformation in various discourses and connections with societal change and globalization, what do transformations imply from a systems perspective, and how transformations are understood and implemented in different disciplines and organisations. It ends with a discussion on possible new governance models for confronting global challenges, exploring the notion of experimental governance in more detail.
Those interested in this module may be interested in the two-week TRACK on Global Transformations and Ethical Judgement. The two-week Global Transformations Certificate Programme not only provides participants a broad vision that includes comparative and interdisciplinary education from global perspectives in order to achieve transformative solutions to today’s most pressing challenges, but it also focuses on cross-cultural leadership and interdisciplinary collaboration and decision making for real-world application. Fore more information you can contact Carla Alvial Palavicino.
Prof. dr. Joost de Laat, Chair, Global Economic Challenges
Prof. dr. Johan Schot, Chair, Global Comparative History
Dr. Brianne McGonigle Leyh, Associate Professor, Human Rights and Global Justice
Dr. Lauren Gould, Assistant Professor, Conflict Studies
Dr. Carla Alvial Palavicino, Post-Doc, History
Dr. Laura Henderson, Assistant Professor, Human Rights
Dr. Luuk Slooter, Assistant Professor, Conflict Studies
The course will be on an advanced master's level. It will be highly suitable for professionals wishing to expand their knowledge and skills in the subject of transformations. Advanced bachelor's students are also welcome to apply. They will need to include in their motivation letter why they believe they can successfully participate.
The course can be conducted online if needed. Participants will be informed of this before the deadline for application.
For this course you are required to upload the following documents when applying:
Carla Alvial Palavicino | E: firstname.lastname@example.org