Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment
Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment

ENP Summer School ‚ÄúTackling Transparency: the Challenges of Operationalising Research on Disclosing Sustainability‚ÄĚ

Date: 21 June 2016 - 25 June 2016
Location: Wageningen

The Summer School will be organized in conjunction to the International Conference “Disclosing Sustainability; The Transformative Power of Transparency?”. The Summer School participants are therefore able to generate expert insights and experiences for operationalizing research on the presented themes in the International Conference which takes place on June 24 and June 25, 2016 in Wageningen.

General information

Target groupThe Summer School is open to an international group of PhD candidates and Postdocs, who embark on, or are already involved in researching transparency, accountability and empowerment in the broad realm of sustainable development. The group may include PhD candidates, in any phase of their research, from the field of social sciences, such as political sciences, sociology, geography, and economics. It should be noted that PhD students and Postdocs whose paper has been accepted by the International Conference committee are invited to participate in the Summer School, but this is not a prerequisite for participation. sustainability in their research.
Assumed prior knowledgeNo specific prior knowledge is assumed, although a keen interest and aspiration to gain insight in methodological considerations about assessing transparency challenges is expected.
Intended credits2.2 ECTS
Course feeSENSE/WASS/PE&RC PhDs with TSP: €250
Other participants: €500
More informationMachiel Lamers
tel: +31 (0) 317 484274
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Registration deadline   Extended to 1 April 2016


The aim of the Summer School is to explore the methodological challenges of operationalizing research on disclosing sustainability. The Summer School will highlight a number of themes and contexts in which these challenges manifest themselves:

  • Analyzing the role of information in sustainability practices
  • Using big data and social media in research
  • Developing and analyzing sustainability indicators
  • Involving and analyzing citizen science approaches

More specifically, the Summer School will address the methodological challenges that researchers encounter in operationalizing their research and in facing the following questions, among others:

  • What are fundamental concepts in researching transparency?
  • What basic research skills do I need, and do these differ from the ones I already have?
  • Do I need to use new methods, why and which?
  • To what extent can or should I be engaged, for example when using social media?
  • How do I deal with representativeness of my research population, should I be happy or worried about citizens who are eager to participate in my study?
  • What about ethics in transparency-research: how do I deal with privacy-issues and with availability and accessibility of data gathered and stored by private companies?
  • Are there specific biases and pitfalls I should be aware of, in terms of the reliability and validity of my research?
  • What does transparency mean for the role of science in society?
  • What are useful and fun ways of disclosing my own research findings?

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