Environmental policy, Management, Transition studies

Co-organised with Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt and The Integrated Assessment Society, and co-operating with EC Tempus project "EnGo – Environmental Governance for Environmental Curricula" and the International Institute for Sustainable Development. This summer school is endorsed by the Global Earth System Governance project.


Course date

25 June - 6 July, 2012
15 February, 2012
Course Director(s): 

Laszlo Pinter

Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary; International Institute for Sustainable Development, Ottawa, Canada

Anton Shkaruba

Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary
Course Faculty: 

Livia Bizikova

International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), Ottawa, Canada

Veronika Gaube

IFF Social Ecology Vienna

Matthijs Hisschemöller

Department of Environmental Policy Analysis, Institute for Environmental Studies, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Karoly Kutics

Lake Balaton Development Coordination Agency, Siófok, Hungary

Andreas Mayer

Alpen-Adria Universitat, Klagenfurt, Austria

Hans-Peter Nachtnebel

Institute of Water Management, University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences (BOKU), Hydrology and Hydraulic Engineering, Vienna, Austria

Christoph Plutzar

Alpen-Adria Universitat, Klagenfurt, Austria

Sybille van den Hove

MEDIAN S.C.P, Barcelona, Spain

Ruben Zondervan

Earth System Governance Project, Lund University, Sweden

Caroline van Bers

The Integrated Assessment Society / Seeconsult GmbH, Osnabrück, Germany

Lajos Voros

Lake Balaton Limnological Research Institute, Tihany, Hungary

At a time of well-documented, unavoidable and continuing global change adaptation has become a key concept in environmental and related social sciences, and also in policy processes on a variety of scales. Many sectors, such as forestry, biodiversity conservation, water management, agriculture, infrastructure development need information about the current state and future direction of ecosystem conditions, potential ecosystem-based adaptations, and relevant policies and governance mechanisms enabling such adaptations. This is a field of research and practice on the boundary of natural, social and policy sciences where ecosystem complexity meets the complexity of social systems. The challenge of such collaborations and policy development require not only navigating through complex issues with high levels of uncertainty in physical and ecological processes, but also accounting for the diversity of potential human choices and decisions of multiple stakeholders.

The summer school will combine a blend of theoretical and practical sessions focused on key aspects of adaptation and adaptive governance. Both natural and social science streams will be explored, with emphasis on multi- and trans-disciplinary perspectives and the demonstration of policy and management implications. To achieve this, we invited several leading scientists in the field from Europe but also beyond, renowned for their cross-disciplinary research. We will complement this with a selection of participants from different backgrounds and disciplines who have ongoing work in the field of on adaptation to global change. The program will provide rich opportunities to connect with local adaptation initiatives, including recently ended and ongoing adaptation projects at Hungary’s Lake Balaton.

The range of topics will include integrated vulnerability monitoring and assessment, resilience analysis, ecosystem services valuation, scenario building and analysis, adaptive policy development and management and institutional aspects of ecosystem adaptation.