Jyväskylä, Finland

Towards Sustainable Development Goals: the Nexus of Water, Food and Energy

when 15 August 2022 - 19 August 2022
language English
duration 1 week
credits 3 EC

The course gives an overview of the field of environmental studies; particularly how to reach sustainable development goals and global challenges, covering the central themes of Water and Sanitation (SDG 6), Food (SDG 2) and Energy (SDG7). These areas (SDG goals) are highly intervened with each other or with the 14 other SDGs, both North but particularly in the South. During the course, the alternative pathways and the challenges are going to be introduced by giving an opportunity to familiarize the student with practical examples and innovative solutions of the circular economy. Accordingly, a knowledge of outrage factors affects the success of sustainability strategies, especially among an uninformed public.

The following areas will be covered during the course:

Towards sustainability in the area of safe and sustainable water supply and sanitation, circulation of the water, organic matter and nutrients to the agriculture and energy production without compromising health and environmental carrying capacity.
Water, sanitation, food, and energy all have associated risks (especially health risks).
Outrage and risk attitudes affect the choices we make, especially when risks are involved.

Course leader

Lecturer(s): TBC: Prof. Elijah Ngumba, James Raude and Gerryshom Munala (Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Kenya) and experts from the University of Jyväskylä and TUNI ; Project Manager Sari Laurila from Global Dry Toilet Association

Target group

Prerequisites of the course include: Prior knowledge and skills required from students: At least a B.Sc student in Environmental or Natural Sciences, Environmental or Civil Engineering, Educational, Health or Social Sciences.

Course aim

Learning outcomes:

Apply the skill learned in the analysis of social, environmental, and economic aspects of water, food and energy Nexus.
Apply the skills learned to be the agents of change at the personal level and in the society to achieve long-term sustainability in the water, sanitation, food and energy Nexus.
Collaborate with students and other course participants with varied experiences and perceptions and from different socio–economic, geopolitical and climatic zones through assignments and group works.

Fee info

EUR 0: Participation in the Summer School courses is free of charge, but students are responsible for covering their own meals, accommodation and travel costs as well as possible visa costs.


Jyväskylä Summer School is not able to grant Summer School students financial support.