Social Science Perspectives on Sustainable Development (SSPSD) is a research school offering PhD students working with social science perspectives at SLU a multidisciplinary arena. The research school is an initiative between the two departments, the Department of Economics and the Department of Urban and Rural Development (SOL) and their respective disciplines: business studies, economics, landscape architecture, rural development, environmental communication and agrarian history.
All PhD students at the two departments are automatically partof the research school, which aims to support students in their PhD education and encourage multidisciplinary understanding, collaboration and exchange. This research school does not provide packages of subject specific courses, as these are provided in the existing PhD program at the Department of Economics and the separate research school “Society and Landscape” at SOL, but rather intends to provide a general context for social science research education at SLU and the NJ Faculty..
The activities of the research school composed of thematic courses, skills development workshops and interdisciplinary exchange. Many of these will be offered to help PhD students develop understanding of how their own subject specific competencies can contribute to sustainable development, but many are also aimed to contribute to professional development and include collaboration with public and private organizations who are stakeholders and prospective employers.
The research school’s principal objectives are thus to support PhD-students working in the subjects of social science by:
- Strengthening participants’ understanding of how their specialized skills and knowledge can contribute to and be enriched by a broader understanding of sustainable development;
- Creating a multidisciplinary arena, where PhD students can train their competences in interdisciplinary discussion and collaboration, and in the process, develop their network
- Strengthening the SLU-identity of PhD students through professional and network development.