The LUMES programme trains critically thinking interdisciplinary sustainability scientists to tackle the “wicked problems” of the 21st century. LUMES provides the skill set necessary to deal with problems that are complex and that are at all times characterised by both ecological and social dimensions.
LUMES focuses on complex sustainability challenges (e.g. climate change, food security, biodiversity loss, land-use change) from local to global levels levels and through a social and natural science perspective. Building on the knowledge and experiences students already possess, emphasis is placed on understanding present societal development patterns and the environmental problems they create, as well as approaches for formulating strategies for future sustainable pathways. LUMES does not concentrate on training technicians; the foundation of the programme is rather an interdisciplinary and holistic perspective for comprehending the interactions between social, economic and environmental systems, as well as a focus on the paradigms, concepts, and underlying assumptions in which the debates about the interactions are grounded.
Unique programme qualities
LUMES is an interdisciplinary programme that integrates the natural and social sciences. The programme provides in-depth study of sustainability challenges through a range of perspectives on sustainability from earth systems science through to social theory. LUMES trains generalists who are nonetheless specialised in a particular area. Our elective courses, offered in the third semester, provide an insight into these specialisations. Examples of such courses are: Water and Sustainability, Gender and Sustainabilityin Everyday Life, Social Movements and Sustainability, and Energy and Sustainability.
The LUMES programme is set in a unique interdisciplinary and international educational milieu, creating a setting that challenges students to broaden personal outlooks and sharpen critical thinking skills. Courses are taught by individuals from both the social and natural sciences with the aims of creating graduates that are able to grasp, analyse, and formulate governance strategies and practices for transformational change. In addition, interpersonal and academic skills are developed through strong emphases on group work, presentations, academic writing, and direct interactions with society.
Since the programme started in 1997, LUMES has had over 600 students from roughly 100 countries, with a graduation rate exceeding 90 per cent.
Courses and number of credits: Earth Systems Science (10), Social Theory and Sustainability (10), Sustainability Science (10), Governance of Sustainability (7.5), Urban and Rural Systems and Sustainability (10), Economy and Sustainability (7.5), Knowledge to Action (5), elective courses (30), Master’s degree project (30). For further details, please see www.lumes.lu.se.
Industries, governments, academics, NGOs, and communities are recognising the significance of addressing complex social, environmental and economic problems holistically. As such, the interdisciplinary training gained through the programme opens employment opportunities for a wide array of career paths in various private sector, governmental, non-governmental, and academic settings. We have former students working for transnational companies, international environmental NGOs as well as international organisations such as the World Bank, the FAO or the UN. Many graduates have also continued doctoral studies and are now working at universities around the world.
Read more about this programme and how to apply: www.lunduniversity.lu.se/Environmental-Studies
Why Lund University?
Founded in 1666, Lund University is one of northern Europe’s oldest, broadest and finest universities. Ranked among the world's top 100 universities in the QS Rankings 2017/2018, the University is the #1 choice for international students coming to Sweden – one of the world's most innovative, creative and democratic countries.
If you want a truly global classroom experience where you can start your international network, Lund University is a great option to consider. Experience a different way of learning in a country ranked as one of the best in the world at providing higher education. Group work and informal teacher-student relationships facilitate an in-depth level of learning.
The University is located in Lund – a charming and compact university city in southern Sweden, only 35 minutes from Copenhagen. The city is famous for its vibrant student life and is home to many world-leading research facilities and international companies.
Learn more at www.lunduniversity.lu.se
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Last updated November 9, 2017