CCSS Meeting #55: Navigating Transitions through Complexity


This lecture will be held in physical format in our CCSS Living Room (Minneartgebouw 4.16), where participants can enjoy lunch & refreshments - please signup for free below. The theme of this CCSS Lunch Meeting is Sustainability Transitions.

Speaker Overview

Derk Loorbach is director of DRIFT and Professor of Socio-economic Transitions at the Faculty of Social Science, both at Erasmus University Rotterdam.

Derk is one of the founders of the transition management approach as new form of governance for sustainable development. He has over one hundred publications in this area and has been involved as an action researcher in numerous transition processes with government, business, civil society and science. He is a frequently invited keynote speaker in and outside Europe.

Lecture Overview

In this lecture Prof. Loorbach will explain how complex system theories have informed transition thinking and the approach of transition management. This approach, also referred to as transition governance or transformative research, is essentially trying to map, understand and influence the patterns and dynamics in complex societal systems. At DRIFT, this is done to help navigate societal transitions towards just, sustainability futures. By giving examples of transformative research and how it is being developed at Erasmus University through the Design Impact Transition platform, Prof. Loorbach will open up the discussion on the role of research: using methods and scientific knowledge to engage in complex societal challenges and take a normative position to advance nature positive, radical transitions (see also:     

Meeting Details

There will be 45-min lecture from the speaker, followed by a 15-min Question & Answer session.

Due to the capacity of the venue, attending the lecture physically is not possible anymore, but you can join online by clicking the Zoom link at 12:00pm on Thursday April 6.

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Physical Meeting >> CCSS Living Room, Room 4.16, Minneartgebouw