3rd Summer School on Sustainable Development Objectives


The Sustainable Development Objectives (SDO) Summer School is reinventing itself and will be held from 6 to 8 July for the 30 participants selected for a special, exclusively digital edition. At the heart of this 3rd edition: a reinforced ambition to stimulate the creation of interdisciplinary and intercultural projects as levers of change and development. The participants will follow this innovative pedagogical approach centred on SDO n°10 "Reducing inequalities within and between countries".

Initiated in 2016 by Aix-Marseille Université (AMU), the Agence Française de Développement (AFD), its Campus AFD and the Institut de recherche pour le développement (IRD), the ODD Summer School participates in the training of scientific, economic and political actors who will have to find solutions to current and future global challenges.

For this 3rd edition, an original pedagogical approach in distance learning has been set up, under the coordination of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research (CRI). An adaptation resulting from the current health context but above all from a willingness to apply a different philosophy, oriented towards interdisciplinarity, collective intelligence and the project-based approach.

Resolutely interdisciplinary, intercultural and intersectoral, this edition will bring together 30 participants from the South and the North (scientists or actors in the implementation of SDOs). All mobilized to contribute to the achievement of the sustainable development agenda for the year 2030, for the benefit of future generations. Their objective: to develop, in teams and accompanied by mentors, the framework of a research project related to SDO 10 "Reducing inequalities within and between countries". The subject of inequalities will be addressed in a cross-cutting manner, particularly in its interactions with the environment and cities, health and gender, education and migration.

An Approach Firmly Grounded in the Science of Sustainability

This new research approach is fully in line with the recent advent of the Science of Sustainability, a vision shared by the three institutions organizing the Summer School. "As a sign of radical change in the construction of new knowledge systems, sustainability science is characterized by the fact that its research problems are rooted first and foremost in the confrontation with real-world problems, rather than in the dynamics of the scientific disciplines it mobilizes.

The aim is to promote transdisciplinary knowledge, co-constructed between scientists and actors in society, whose purpose goes beyond disciplinary interests. This still marginal approach, particularly in France, is essential for a better understanding of the complexity of the modern world and for finding more global solutions to the economic, social and environmental challenges of our societies.

After the training, three inaugural open-access lectures will enable you to grasp these issues. Organized on July 1, 2 and 3, they will be led respectively by Denis Cogneau, Professor at the Paris School of Business, Research Director at IRD and Director of Studies at EHESS, Lisa Deutsh, Researcher at the Stockolm Resilience centre and Parfait Eloundou-Enyege, Professor of Sociology of Development at Cornell University.

  • 1 July at 2 p.m.: "Economic and social inequalities in Africa. New measures, new challenges ", by Denis Cogneau (Paris School of Economics, IRD, EHESS)
    To attend: https://youtu.be/8EO-nbu2MeM
  • 2 July at 2 p.m.: "Globalization, Ecosystem Support and Inequality: Advancing science by stepping outside your disciplinary comfort zone", by Lisa Deutsch (The Stockholm Resilience Center)
    To attend: https://youtu.be/bwAckphxO0w
  • 3 July at 2 p.m.: "Inequalities under Covid-19: new forms of social distancing? "by Parfait Eloundou Enyegue (Cornell University).
    To attend: https://youtu.be/JqL1Zr3sXeg

For more information: https://www.ecole-odd.fr/programme.html

Useful links

To find out more about the Summer School on Sustainable Development Objectives, click here.

Program of the 3rd edition, click here

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