An overall aim is to create an understanding of complex socio-ecological systems and the importance of multi-disciplinary efforts and how to deal with current and future uncertainties. Sustainable development in the course refers to the development at the global, regional and local levels as defined in the Brundtland Commission report ‘Our common future’, with the three pillars of environmental, social and economic sustainability.
The aim of part I of the course is to give PhD students in depth knowledge of sustainable development. This knowledge will increase the student’s ability to identify possibilities and risks associated with sustainability when developing products, processes and systems. The aim of Part II is that the doctoral student acquires knowledge specific to the student's research subject.