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Interdisciplinarity and transdisciplinarity are key aspects of research conducted at CDO. The identity of our research team lies in its framing of sustainability issues as ‘political’ issues.

Interdisciplinariteit en transdisciplinariteit zijn kenmerkend voor het CDO-onderzoek. We onderscheiden ons ook door duurzaamheidskwesties te benaderen als ‘politieke’ vraagstukken.

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CDO is involved, as coordinator or partner, in several academic networks. The aim is to tackle complex and concrete sustainability issues in an interdisciplinary manner.

Het CDO is als coördinator en partner betrokken bij verschillende academische netwerken. Doel is om op interdisciplinaire wijze complexe en concrete duurzaamheidsvraagstukken aan te pakken.

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Characteristic for our education is active student involvement and an inter-/transdisciplinary approach that stimulates students to study sustainability issues from diverse perspectives.

Kenmerkend voor het onderwijs van het CDO is de actieve inbreng van studenten en de inter-/transdisciplinaire benadering die studenten stimuleert om duurzaamheidskwesties vanuit verschillende perspectieven te bestuderen.

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About us

Founded in 1995, the Centre for Sustainable Development (Centrum voor Duurzame Ontwikkeling – CDO) at Ghent University is committed to multi- and transdisciplinary research on the social and political dimensions of environment and sustainability issues. The identity of the CDO lies in the use of a nuanced constructivist epistemology, critical policy analysis frameworks, participative research methods, multiperspectivist approaches and, last but not least, the framing of sustainability issues as ‘political’ matter. CDO is hosted by the Department of Political Sciences and is further embedded in several networks both within and outside Ghent University.


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