As the first fully COP22 certified university, University Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne is one of the leading centres for the development of contemporary thought in the fields of human and social sciences in Europe. 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, and 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 University Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne). This centre of excellence will provide a coordinated, enticing and sustainable response to the University's significant potential for contributing to the field of Sustainable Development. The Graduate School is one of the results of commitments made by the majority of University Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne faculties to incorporate sustainable development at the very core of the University.

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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.  However, large parts of the scientific basis, of the technologies, of the institutions and of the human capital  required to address these challenges are missing.  Sorbonne Sustainable Development will contribute directly to progress in science and education 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 goal poses specific challenges, but there also are 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, intertemporal and intergenerational choice, responsibility of organizations.

Second, one needs major advances in modeling 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 about 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.

 

PRINCIPALES RÉALISATIONS PRÉCÉDENTES

The University and its partners already constitute a global hub of research and higher education on sustainable development as illustrated by their participation on a large number of research projects on sustainable development, publications in leading journals in the field and the development of the largest portfolio of masters 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 organized from 20 till 30 Oct 2015 at the University Paris 1 Panthéon- Sorbonne who question the transformation of human societies facing the climate challenge . Headlights points of this week are sustainable international conferences on " social dynamics and climate change" and an exhibition "Climate Meridian", which shows at Pantheon center the works of internationally well renown contemporary artists whose work focuses on our relationship to the environment.

 

PORTÉE SCIENTIFIQUE

Our specific objective is to contribute, from an academic point of view, to the understanding of challenges and solution 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 of all, we intend to contribute to the development of concepts that are needed to better understand the 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 Pantheon Sorbonne researchers are already contributing

●      Geo-localized data collection, management and treatment

●      Treatment of risk and uncertainty

●      Impact evaluation

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

 
 

LEARNING CURRICULUM

University Paris 1 has several dozen masters 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 eld 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 is 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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STRUCTURE DE COORDINATION

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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PHD Pr. Yann TOMA,

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12, place du Panthéon 

75005 - Paris

Coordinateur du Projet 

Mr Yann TOMA, Pr. - yann.toma@univ-paris1.fr

Accès

Tube station : Saint-Michel,

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