As the first fully COP22 certified university,  Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne - University is one of Europe's leading centres for the development of contemporary thought in the fields of human and social sciences. It is therefore the ideal environment in which to found an interdisciplinary Graduate School that reflects the commitments of the Paris agreement, COP21 and UN sustainable development goals. The Graduate School aims to unite the current social dynamics relative to climate change, to identify research, and study programmes that will make it possible to anticipate the socio-environmental transformations of the future.

 

The "Sorbonne Sustainable Development" Graduate School aims to create a centre of excellence for research and study (international, interdisciplinary and unifying at the  Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne-University ). This centre of excellence will provide a coordinated, enticing, sustainable response to the University's significant potential for contributing to the field of Sustainable Development. The Graduate School is the result of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne-University facilties commitment  to integrate sustainable development into the very core of the University.

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SUMMARY

PROJECT

The purpose of Sorbonne Sustainable Development  is to train a new generation of researchers and decision-makers that will have the disciplinary expertise and the interdisciplinary knowledge fit to address and solve the societal challenges posed by sustainable development.

 

There is a global consensus about what these challenges are. They are summed up by the 17 sustainable development goals agreed upon by world leaders gathered at the UN sustainable development summit in September 2015. Large parts of the scientific basis, technological innovation institutions and human capital  required to address these challenges are missing. Sorbonne Sustainable Development aims to contribute directly to progress in the science and education sectors and indirectly to the emergence of socio-economic, institutional and technological innovations in this direction.  

 

From the scientific perspective, each of the 17 sustainable development goals poses specific challenges, but there are also cross-cutting conceptual and methodological issues.

First, in order to ground more deeply interdisciplinary research into academic disciplines, one requires the development of shared definitions among disciplines of high-level concepts such as collective action, organisation responsibility  and intertemporal and intergenerational choice,.

Second, one needs major advances in modelling to investigate the interactions between the short and the long term, the local and the global scales, the environmental and the socio-economic spheres. 

Third, the availability of exponentially large datasets regarding both socio-economic activities and environmental dynamics represents a tremendous opportunity to understand social transformations that can only be seized by the deployment of cutting-edge ICT technologies in social science research.

As the first fully COP certified university and the human rights hub of the UN academic impact program Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University plans to be an integral part in the development of these innovative technologies and scientific research

 

MAIN PREVIOUS ACHIEVEMENTS

The University and its partners already constitute a global hub of research and higher education on sustainable development as illustrated by their participation in a large number of sustainable development  research projects, publications in leading journals with in the field and the development of the largest portfolio of masters’ degrees in the country relating to sustainable development goals.

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LUCY + JORGE ORTA, ANTARCTIC VILLAGE - NO BORDERS, 2007,

Sustainable Week, 20-30 October 2015

"La Semaine durable" or "Sustainable Week" consists of a series of scientific, cultural,  and artistic events organiszed from the 20th until the 30th of October 2015 at  Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne- University. The conferences questioned the transformation of human societies facing climate challenge. Central highlights, included sustainable international conferences on " social dynamics and climate change" and an exhibition titled "Climate Meridian", which showcased at the Centre Panthéon the works of internationally renowned contemporary artists whose work focused on our relationship to the environment.

 

SCIENTIFIC SCOPE

Our specific objective is to contribute, from an academic point of view, to the understanding of the challenges and solutions of SDGs. We will not immediately contribute to the 17 SDGs but we have identified a number of them on which we are already contributing. We will deepen such contributions through an interdisciplinary dialogue. 

First, we intend to contribute to the development of concepts that are needed to better understand sustainable development research challenges.  These concepts must be subject to interdisciplinary research: looking at these concepts from different angles will help improve their definition and understanding.  We have identified the following preliminary list of concepts whose refined definition and analysis could be relevant to meet the challenges of SDGs :

●      Sustainable mobilities

●      Democratic governance and collective action

●      Societal and environmental responsibility of organisations

●      Intertemporal and intergenerational choice

Second, we will invest in methodological developments that would contribute to research and expertise on sustainable development goals. We have identified the following as promising areas in which Paris 1 Panthéeon- Sorbonne University researchers are already contributing

●      Geo- localised data collection, management and treatment

●      Treatment of risk and uncertainty

●      Impact evaluation

Third, as academics, we also intend to contribute to field action and expertise, which is a way for us to contribute to the SDGs and at the same time feed our research with these practical experiences.

 

First, we intend to contribute to the development of concepts that are needed to better understand the sustainable development research challenges. Second, we will invest in methodological development that will contribute to innovative research and complex expertise on sustainable development goals. Third, as academics we intend to contribute to field action and expertise.

 
 

LEARNING CURRICULUM

Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University has several dozen master’s programmes that either directly or indirectly address the question of sustainable development. The added value of the Sorbonne Sustainable Development Graduate School will be not only be to reinforce the quality and visibility of these programmes, but also to develop a range of multidisciplinary collaborations between these programmes. The Graduate School’s scientific deliverables and actions taken to valorise these deliverables will also make it possible to consider a number of potential new courses at the graduate level. Sorbonne Sustainable Development may also initiate more specific activities, such as multidisciplinary certificate-granting Summer Schools, and specific scientific partnerships or events (joint seminars, publications, international colloquia, exhibitions, etc).

The Graduate School’s interdisciplinary position is innovative for French university degree programmes. The field of sustainable development requires such an approach, and the Graduate School will therefore offer a complete reference programme in terms of its Human and Social Sciences approach. Sustainable Development is attracting increasing numbers of young people who are interested in being involved in the changes of tomorrow. It is therefore necessary to offer degree programmes with a wide scope that can be personalised to students’ varied interests. The Graduate School will avoid superficiality and generality by developing clear working methods.

The Graduate School will draw on a wide range of participants who will be able to participate and reinforce certain subjects through their involvement. Contributions in hard sciences in particular may be offered by visiting professors.

The aim of Sorbonne Sustainable Development's degree programmes are to enable students to understand and master the challenges related to sustainable development innovations in terms of management processes, companies, and society via a number of approaches:

  • value creation (to be able to transform sustainability into sources of global and partnership performance)

  • a bold approach (to ensure the independence of spirit necessary for exploring new roles, ideas, strategies and the ability to defend one’s convictions)

  • innovation and creativity (to observe problems from several new angles and apply original solutions)

  • responsibility (to apply one’s creative and critical thinking skills in order to address complex questions, and take well thought out and ethical strategic decisions)

  • team spirit (in order to create, communicate and share ideas)

  • curiosity (in order to explore concepts, ideas and global problems, via in-depth and varied knowledge)

COORDINATION FRAMEWORK

The management is organised around the following five entities :

  • The Project Coordinator has overall responsibility for the project and acts as its overall coordinator. 

  • The Technical and Scientific Coordinators are members from the General Assembly who provide strategic scientific guidance and expertise to the project.

  • The General Assembly is the highest decision-making body in the project.

  • The Project Management Office is responsible for monitoring and coordinating the project on a daily basis including financial and administrative duties.

  • The Advisory Board consists of international specialists outside of the Sorbonne community who can provide their expertise when needed.

Finally, Associated Partners will guide the project and add to its overall quality.

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COORDINATION FRAMEWORK

The management is organised around the following five entities :

  • The Project Coordinator has overall responsibility for the project and acts as its overall coordinator. 

  • The Technical and Scientific Coordinators are members from the General Assembly who provide strategic scientific guidance and expertise to the project.

  • The General Assembly is the highest decision-making body in the project.

  • The Project Management Office is responsible for monitoring and coordinating the project on a daily basis including financial and administrative duties.

  • The Advisory Board consists of international specialists outside of the Sorbonne community who can provide their expertise when needed.

Finally, Associated Partners will guide the project and add to its overall quality.

The Project Coordinator will oversee the decision-making processes of the project and facilitate communication and scientific exchange between the project partners during the project.

The Technical and Scientific Coordinators : several members of the General Assembly will provide strategic scientific guidance and expertise to the project.

The General Assembly is the main decision-making body of the  Graduate School iIt is comprised of a maximum of three leading members of each participating university department and its meetings are chaired by the Project Coordinator.

The Project Management Office is in charge of the administrative and financial management of the Project. It is led by the Project Coordinator and consists of support staff experienced in the areas of project administration, legal and financial issues, and public relations and communication. The PMO will guarantee adequate administrative, financial and contractual planning, including the organisation of the submission of periodic reports, cost statements and financial audit certificates.

An Advisory Board will be composed of top scientists and specialists in a variety of disciplines, who are or have been involved in key climate action research projects, as well as policy makers, who are or have been involved in the development of mitigation and adaptation policy.

 

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Panthéon-Sorbonne 
 

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contact project coordination:

sorbonnetransition@gmail.com

 

To the attention of the Project Coordinator 

PHD Pr. - Dr. Yann TOMA,

Salle Goullencourt

12, place du Panthéon 

75005 - Paris

Project Coordinator : 

Pr. Yann TOMA, Pr. - 

Tube station: Saint-Michel,

Odéon, Cluny-la-Sorbonne
RER : Luxembourg, Cluny-la-Sorbonne

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Tube station : Saint-Michel,

Odéon, Cluny-la-Sorbonne
RER : Luxembourg, Cluny-la-Sorbonne

 
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