Research Project Global Environmental Change & Policy


Course Objective

The main objective of this course is for the students to develop a
hands-on experience on designing, developing, writing, presenting and
submitting an interdisciplinary socio-environmental research proposal.
Collectively as a class, and individually, the students will work on the
different phases and critical aspects of the interdisciplinary
socio-environmental research proposal creation, from idea to submission.

By the end of this course students should be able to:
 Think of creative and innovative socio-environmental interdisciplinary
research ideas 

 Provide critical and constructive feedback to peers on their proposal
 Develop a good understanding of research funding opportunities and

 Synthesize and communicate your ideas and expertise orally and in
written form

 Gain experience in the organizational and time management aspects of a
complete proposal submission

Course Content

Interdisciplinary socio-environmental research generates useful
innovative insights about the world’s most pressing environmental
problems by combining diverse forms of knowledge, academic disciplines
and epistemological perspectives in creative ways. By focusing on the
complex interaction of the natural environment and humans,
socio-environmental interdisciplinarity leads to new ways of thinking
about particular socio-environmental challenges, generating innovative
learning, and potential discoveries and solutions.
In this context, a key academic and extra-academic asset is to be able
to acquire funding through research proposals development. Learning to
design, write and submit research and/or (other types of) proposals is
becoming a key ability in the professional development of academic
scholars and other types of experts in the public sector, NGOs and
consultancy arenas.
Specifically, this module aims at coaching students in developing,
writing and submitting an interdisciplinary socio-environmental research
proposal. The final product, the research proposal, should in principle
be sound enough to be submitted to a funding agency. The module consists
of group sessions, individual assignments and feedback moments,
peer-review and public presentation.

Teaching Methods

Tutorials with assignments, and implementation of research proposal
plan. 12 ec = 320 hours in total.
The course will have weekly meetings that will mix lectures and
assignment organization.

Method of Assessment

Assessment: assignments, exams and grading system:
Assignment 1: Student evaluate other proposals 10%
Assignment 2: 2-page report on research funding 10%
Assignment 3: Student preliminary presentation + student feedback
Assignment 4: First draft of final project + student peer-review 5%+5%
Assignment 5: Final individual presentation on final project 10%
Assignment 6: Final research proposal 50%

Entry Requirements

This course is for students admitted to tbe MSc in Earth Sciences,
specialization Global Environmental Change and Policy.


Readings and materials will be made available on Canvas.

Target Audience

First year students of MSc Earth Sciences, specialization Global
Environmental Change and Policy.

General Information

Course Code AM_1238
Credits 12 EC
Period P5+6
Course Level 400
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Science
Course Coordinator dr. J. Dell'Angelo
Examiner dr. J. Dell'Angelo
Teaching Staff dr. J. Dell'Angelo
prof. dr. P.H. Pattberg

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

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