Netherlands, Nijmegen

Sustainability Science: A System Dynamics Perspective

when 8 July 2019 - 12 July 2019
language English
duration 1 week
credits 2 ECTS
fee EUR 600

Societies aspire to transition towards more sustainable modes of consumption and production. In this course, you will learn modelling and simulation techniques to acquire a comprehensive, transdisciplinary look at sustainability, in order to effectively support sustainability transitions.

Current modes of consumption and production are unsustainable because of their effects in terms of amongst others climate change, biodiversity loss, and inequalities. To counter these effects, fundamental changes are needed in how societies manage scarce resources, energy, food, water, etc. Sustainability Science aims to guide such changes by putting perspectives from both social sciences (business administration, sociology, psychology, etc.) and natural sciences (engineering, physics, chemistry, etc.) at the service of the pursuit for increased sustainability. Because of the complex human-nature interactions involved in sustainability issues, this pursuit is inherently transdisciplinary in nature.

Adopting a system dynamics perspective to address sustainability is advocated by many because of its ability to develop boundary-crossing insights that appreciate the complex nature of sustainability problems. This course will introduce you to the system dynamics methodology as a way of analysing sustainability problems and you will create dynamic models that help overcoming them. You will learn to model the structure of socio-ecological systems from a stock-flow perspective, analyse the dynamic behaviour of these systems and design policies. You will study systems with multiple feedback loops, time delays, and nonlinear responses to decisions.

Through using system dynamics modelling to address sustainability, you will develop a comprehensive, transdisciplinary look at sustainability that leads to actionable policy insights.

Course leader

V. de Gooyert
Assistant Professor
Business Administration
Radboud University

Target group

Advanced Bachelor

Bachelor students (or beyond, without pre-knowledge about system dynamics) and professionals with an interest to learn a new method of modelling and simulation.

Course aim

After this course you are able to:

Understand the basics of social-ecological systems,
Design simple models of social-ecological systems,
Interpret and use intermediate-level dynamic models

Fee info

EUR 600: €600 students, €2.500 professionals


10% early bird discount – deadline 1 March 2019
15% partner + RU discount
25% early bird + partner + RU discount
50% NGInfra professionals

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