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February 26, 2016

SUSTAIN E-Learning Course on Transition Management Welcomes Participants

“Cities can be cradles for innovation and sustainability transitions. They are places where slow and fast transitions are initiated and accelerated as well as test-beds and seedbeds for innovations. Cities have social, ecological and technological assets that are essential for economic and social development locally and globally; there is thus an imperative for balancing their efforts for continuity and prosperity while ensuring a livable space for their citizens.”

The SUSTAIN e-learning course on “Transition Management In and For Cities” officially starts on March 1, Tuesday. The e-learning course is developed and organized by the Dutch Research Institute for Transitions (DRIFT) at Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands. 

During the e-learning course, participants, through the guidance of action researchers and experts on transition management, will take a closer look at transition dynamics in cities: how to examine and understand on-going processes by bringing together driving forces and have a ‘hold on’ those who we conceptualise as transition frontrunners.

DRIFT will first introduce the scope of the e-learning course through a webinar session on March 1. The webinar also aims to get to know the students and their course intentions and expectations. The e-learning course has 24 participants coming from the Netherlands, Nigeria, Egypt, Bangladesh, Brazil, Paraguay, United Arab Emirates, Indonesia, Georgia, South Africa, Germany, India, and the Philippines. 

George Akor, an urban development professional from Nigeria, explains: "My reasoning from my foray into transition management is that its applicability in the area of environmental governance will undoubtedly address the complexities and long-term challenges of urban human settlements and the drive towards achieving low carbon societies." 

Furthermore, he added "Addressing these complexities require policy thrusts that can encourage innovations (that are social and technological in nature) which can change the established pattern of doing things and replace them with better options. In this sense, initiatives, lessons learnt and experiences from European cases (in sustainable transition management) can serve as best practices for cities in sub-Saharan Africa." 

After the webinar, the e-learning course will feature lectures on the introduction to urban sustainability transitions and transition management; the application of transition management in the city of Aberdeen, Scotland and in La Botija protected area in Honduras; and the different actors in urban transition management and reflections from a (dis) empowerment perspective. 

Aside from webinar and lecture sessions, the e-learning course features discussions and assignments on how to apply transition management in the participants’ research contexts. Lecturers from DRIFT include Dr. Niki Frantzeskaki, associate professor on sustainability transitions governance at DRIFT; Katharina Holscher, a PhD Researcher whose focus is on the governance of socio-ecological transitions; and Giorgia Silvestri, a researcher and advisor also in the field of socio-ecological transitions.

The e-learning course ends on June 20, 2016. Participants who will actively take part in the full course will get a Certificate of Completion as well as a recommendation letter for receiving 2 ECTS credits.

The e-learning course on Transition Management In and For Cities is the second installment from the SUSTAIN Project. The first e-learning course focused on Climate Resilient Urban Development which was organized by the Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS). The third e-learning course will focus on Sustainable Energy and Low Carbon Development by the European Academy of Bolzano (EURAC). 

More information will be announced soon about the third e-learning course. To get updates from the SUSTAIN Project, email us at