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Governance and Management of Social-Ecological Systems

This course explores the various ways of analyzing how people make choices, use the rules and learn to control and manage social-ecological systems.

The course combines an economic approach to uncertainty, approches in ecosystem management that enables learning, how institutional choices shape the administration and how, through various forms of control can adapt to the social-ecological changes. Successful examples of changed management and governance are explored.

  • Course structure


    The course consists of the following four modules:

    7. Transformative strategies for governance (4 ECTS)
    8. Economic perspectives (4 ECTS)
    9. Theories and methods for governance of the commons (3 ECTS)
    10. Adaptive processes in social-ecological systems (4 ECTS)

    Teaching format

    Teaching consists of lectures, group exercises and seminars. Participation on group exercises and seminars and activities associated with this is compulsory.


    Measurement of knowledge takes place through written and oral presentations and activity at seminars.


    Thomas Hahn (module 7)

    Johan Gars (module 8)

    Nanda Wijermans (module 9 and overall)

    Caroline Schill (module 9)

    Romina Martin (module 10)

    Kirill Orach (module 10)

  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.

    No mandatory course book.

  • Course reports

  • Contact

    Student office
    Study counsellor for advanced level