Just Sustainability Transitions

Duurzame energie, landbouw, mobiliteit, finance – in de komende decennia zullen allerlei domeinen en sectoren fundamenteel op de schop gaan. In deze opleiding ga jij aan de slag met een transitiestrategie daarvoor, met oog voor rechtvaardigheid.

stel je vragen aan
de coördinator

Tessa Speelman

Onderzoeker & adviseur

(deze opleiding en deze pagina zijn Engelstalig)

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. 

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 third year we are organising this 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.

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.

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;

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 sessions, interactive & online

The definitive program is yet to be announced, but it is expected to look roughly follow the outline below. Sessions are expected to take 3,5 hours each.

A video intro to last year's edition by former course coordinator Dewi Lemmens:


For this course, we work with a pricing system on the basis of trust: we offer two options and you select the appropriate rate for your financial situation: one amount for well-paid professionals and another for those with more limited financial means. All prices are excluding VAT of 21%.

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.

Registration is closed

If you have any questions, please get in touch with course coordinator Tessa Speelman.

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 35 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.

Course teachers

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.

stel je vragen aan
de coördinator

Tessa Speelman

Onderzoeker & adviseur