The Precautionary Principle: governance of innovation and innovations in governance - 2017

The purpose of this course is to explore challenges and possible ways forward for the effective and appropriate application of the precautionary principle in sustainability governance. It will bring together a solid and diverse group of scholars and practitioners with expertise on the precautionary principle, risk assessment and management, environment and health research, science and technology studies, the governance of innovation, environmental governance, and long term transitions to sustainability. The course is designed as a strategic knowledge and experience sharing course at the intersection between a research-oriented course and a professional development course, dedicated to collaborative exploration and learning. It will provide intensive research training, but also allow for policy discussions in a variety of sector and contexts and, through a knowledge co-creation approach, help to identify and find solutions to course-related issues in the participants’ research, policy or business application fields.
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When 24 Jun 2017 to
30 Jun 2017
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This course is the third edition of the highly successful 2015 and 2016 SUN courses on the same topic. The faculty is composed of renowned and high profile scholars and practitioners with broad experience in interdisciplinary research and integrative policy-making. The course is a part of the EEAcademy – the new educational initiative of the European Environmental Agency, and its team includes the Executive Director of the Agency, the former Senior Advisor of EEA and 'Late Lessons' project leader, the Chair of the Scientific Committee of EEA, as well as professors from renowned Universities and Business Schools. Participants will come from a variety of backgrounds (including researchers as well as practitioners from public bodies, NGOs and business). The Course will give them a unique opportunity to (i) increase their theoretical and practical expertise on issues surrounding the precautionary principle; to (ii) train in inter- and transdisciplinary research and integrative policy praxis; and (iii) build a strong network with other participants and faculty.

Applications are invited from researchers (advanced PhD students, postdocs) and practitioners from policy-making institutions, NGOs, business and international organizations.


Sybille van den Hove, Median SCP, Barcelona, Spain
Ruben Mnatsakanian, Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary
Anton Shkaruba, Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary
David Stanners, European Environment Agency, Copenhagen, Denmark


Hans Bruyninckx, European Environment Agency, Copenhagen, Denmark; Steffen Foss Hansen, Department of Environmental Engineering, Technical University of Denmark, Lyngby; David Gee, Retired (former senior advisor EEA), London, UK; Philippe Grandjean, University of Southern Denmark, Odense; Jock Martin, European Environment Agency, Copenhagen, Denmark; Owen McIntyre, School of Law, University College Cork, Ireland; Xenia Trier, European Environment Agency, Copenhagen, Denmark


Central European University's summer school (CEU SUN), established in 1996, is a program in English for graduate students, junior or postdoctoral researchers, teachers and professionals. It offers high-level, research-oriented, interdisciplinary academic courses as well as workshops on policy issues for professional development, taught by internationally renowned scholars and policy experts (including CEU faculty). Application from all over the world is encouraged. Financial aid is available.


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