Just Sustainability Transitions Course

04 mei, 2023 - 12 okt, 2023

Energy, food, mobility, finance – just about every global sector is expected to transform dramatically in the coming decades. So isn’t it time you create your own transition strategy?
Do you believe, like us, that sustainability and social justice are key to fundamental change? Then join ‘Just Sustainability Transitions’: a hands-on, six-month course that provides the tools and inspiration needed to facilitate change processes. Sign up for the 2023 edition is closed.

A video intro to Just Sustainability Transitions
On 16 February 2023, course coordinator Dewi Lemmens hosted a free trial class on this topic and the course itself. You’ll find the video below:

A new & unique program 
The Just Sustainability Transitions peer-learning course draws from our latest action research insights on justice, sustainability transitions and social innovation. This is the second year we are organising this new course, which brings you best practices and personal experiences we gathered during our work on transition processes in different settings and countries – in Europe and across the globe.
How can we facilitate and accelerate societal transformation? And how can we really bring in diverse allies to drive systemic change? This course helps you find answers to such questions by combining state-of-the-art research with deep critical reflection and applied action learning. We provide a diversity of perspectives that help you discover what works for you.
Special attention is given to tools and methods with which you can organise a process of transition in your area, organization or sector.
Your guides on this journey will be young and more seasoned DRIFT experts, all active in transitions research, (government) consultancy and education. They specialise in diverse domains such as climate policy, energy, agro-food, inclusiveness & participation, sustainable urbanism and the circular economy.
As this is a new course, not everything is set in stone yet. You will be given the opportunity to co-create your own learning journey.

“A rich and detailed introduction to transitions thinking to a global cohort of participants. Each session was presented by expert practitioners and researchers, with beautifully designed and facilitated discussion. The ideas developed could be applied in our own practice and projects.”
Dr. Linda Carroli, researcher

What you will take from this journey?
During the course you will:

  • understand and apply just sustainability transition concepts, dynamics & tools;
  • experience reflection & co-creation as part of the course;
  • Apply tools to your own context and start facilitating a transition process;
  • Learn the language to bridge gaps between ‘current state’ and ‘new normal’;
  • Meet inspiring peers from all over the world, to learn from and collaborate with;
  • Gain access to diverse networks and a community of practice

Who will benefit most from this course?
We are explicitly looking for a diverse, global group of participants, with different backgrounds and experiences.  Maybe you have your own business, are keen to create change within your company or governmental organization, or would like to bring system thinking to your NGO or academic activities. We welcome participants active in all sectors, whether it be food, mobility, fashion, construction, energy, healthcare, finance, education or something else entirely.

Our education is partly theoretical, which requires reading and discussing scientific publications, but we have no explicit entry level requirements.
Ten Thursday sessions, interactive & online

4 May 2023
10:00-12:00 CEST
11:00-13:00 GMT+3
13:30-15:30 IST
Introduction & getting to know each other – Dewi Lemmens
11 May 2023
09:30-13:00 CEST
10:30-14:00 GMT+3
13:00-16:30 IST
Systems thinking & transition dynamics – Dewi Lemmens and one other expert (TBA)
25 May 2023
09:30-13:00 CEST
10:30-14:00 GMT+3
13:00-16:30 IST
Social justice & mobility– Emil Beemer
1 June 2023
09:30-13:00 CEST
10:30-14:00 GMT+3
13:00-16:30 IST
Informality & the Global South – Neha Mungekar
15 June 2023
09:30-13:00 CEST
10:30-14:00 GMT+3
13:00-16:30 IST
Identity & Marginality in Sustainability Transitions – Annelli Janssen
22 June 2023
09:30-13:00 CEST
10:30-14:00 GMT+3
13:00-16:30 IST
Guided peer learning session and transition roadmapping group exercise – Dewi Lemmens and one other expert (TBA)
Between June and September, we will challenge and guide you to apply what you’ve learned so far to your own context and develop a roadmap of your transition process.
14 September 2023
09:30-13:00 CEST
10:30-14:00 GMT+3
13:00-16:30 IST
Reflexive Monitoring – Marleen Lodder & Dewi Lemmens
21 September 2023
09:30-13:00 CEST
10:30-14:00 GMT+3
13:00-16:30 IST
Applying Transition Management in global contexts – Giorgia Silvestri
28 September 2023
09:30-13:00 CEST
10:30-14:00 GMT+3
13:00-16:30 IST
Food Transition Dynamics – Aniek Hebinck
12 October 2023
09:30-13:00 CEST
10:30-14:00 GMT+3
13:00-16:30 IST
Comeback day with presentations by participants – Dewi Lemmens

What do you bring in?
We are looking for participants who are eager to:

  • demonstrate motivation and curiosity to learn and to share your experience;
  • commit to participate in the 33,5 contact hours, as well as prepare for online learning activities and complete a final assignment, taking an additional ~45 hours in total;
  • pass on the lessons learnt in your organization, community and/or network.

For this course, we work with a pricing system on the basis of trust: we offer two options, please select the appropriate rate for your financial situation. If in doubt, don’t hesitate to contact Dewi Lemmens. All prices listed are excluding VAT of 21%. 

  • € 2350 (suggested for well-paid professionals or those who receive a training budget from their employer)
  • € 1763 (suggested for those with more limited financial means)

The course price includes the full participation in the course and study materials. Upon successful completion of the course participants will be granted a certificate from DRIFT Transition Academy, Erasmus University Rotterdam. 
After registration we will select participants, aiming to bring together a group of around 24 people with diverse backgrounds. Because of sponsoring we are able to offer this course for a reduced course fee. That is why we specifically welcome people with limited financial means.
Registration for the second edition of this course is closed!

You can still download our brochure. If you have any questions, please get in touch with course coordinator Dewi Lemmens.
Finishing this course does not yield an official qualification and this DRIFT activity does not give access to external (national) exams.
The insights shared in this course are gathered from a number of projects (see tiles below).