Teaching for Sustainability: Supervising Interdisciplinary Theses
The relationship between supervisor and student is sacred – paving the way for a good outcome regarding time, effort, enjoyment, contribution, and learning for all involved. In this seminar, we explore various approaches to support your supervision of interdisciplinary theses and arrive at your personal supervision plan.
In our changing world, researchers and students will want to address real-world problems from an interdisciplinary perspective, recognising the power and limitations of such an approach. Lund University is teaming with opportunities for interdisciplinary research and collaboration, for example, the new LU Profile Areas, Strategic Research Areas, as well as the LU Agenda 2030 Graduate School and Postdoc Excellence Programme. The new LU Strategy for Education highlights the importance of Education for Sustainability (EfS) and students are clamouring for the knowledge and skills to be able to tackle sustainability challenges beyond the classroom. Thus, we can expect more opportunities and more requests to supervise interdisciplinary theses.
An interdisciplinary thesis is an independent student project, which integrates knowledge, methods, and insights from two or more disciplines to examine a complex, often real-world, problem, yielding a richer understanding than a single disciplinary perspective. Whether or not you have experience supervising student theses, there are various approaches that will enhance your interaction with a student embarking on an interdisciplinary thesis – mind mapping, systems thinking, methodological triangulation, concept saturation, Socratic questioning, among others.
During the seminar, we will discuss:
- Integrating disciplinary knowledge and methods
- Setting knowledge and project boundaries
- Dealing with complexity
- Fostering effective communication and collaboration techniques
- Implementing co-supervision or peer supervision
The workshop is hosted by the Division for Higher Education Development at Lund University. Moderated by Steven Curtis (Pedagogical Developer), the seminar is interactive with opportunities to discuss and share experience with others.
The seminar will be in English.
We require registration to attend this seminar. Those that register will receive fika, a summary of the seminar, and resources/questions for further reflection individually or within your department. Spaces are limited to 50 participants. Registration is closed.
This seminar is intended for those who may supervise interdisciplinary Bachelor's or Master's degree projects or theses at Lund University, including programme directors, grading committees, and supervisors. Others are welcome to register, but priority will be given to those from Lund University with existing supervision assignments. A special invitation is provided to those belonging to the LU Profile Area Nature-Based Future Solutions.
The seminar will take place at Eden in Room 129. The venue is easily accessible by foot, bike, or bus. The entrance is located at Allhelgona kyrkogata 14. From the main entrance, the room is located to the left on the ground floor. Signage will be visible.
The seminar is organised by the Division for Higher Education Development (AHU), the Sustainability Forum, and LTH Centre for Engineering Education (CEE), in partnership with the LU profile area Nature-Based Future Solutions.