Sustain´ability´ ResilienceTalks and workshop 10-11 April with Prof. Arjen Wals

FRONT research programme and Resilience Academy of Oulu (RAO) organize ResilienceTalks seminar and a related research training workshop on April 10-11 at the University of Oulu. FRONT visiting scholar, Prof. Arjen Wals (Wageningen University, NL) will talk about Sustain´ability´ – what abilities are needed to sustain, disrupt and transform? Rethinking education and research in times of collapse.
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Venue location

10.4. L2, Linnanmaa Campus, 11.4. Tellus Backstage, Linnanmaa campus



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Welcome to meet our FRONT visiting scholar Prof. Arjen Wals at the University of Oulu. There are two separate events with on two different dates; ResilienceTalks seminar on 10th of April and a Researcher training workshop on 11th of April. Please note that you need to register separately for each event. You can find the registration under each programme.

Wed 10.4.2024 14-16 ResilienceTalks, University of Oulu, L2

14:00 Coffee
14:15 Opening: Prof. Elina Lehtomäki, Faculty of Education and Psychology, University of Oulu
14:20 Open keynote and discussion –
Sustain´ability´ – what abilities are needed to sustain, disrupt and transform? Rethinking education and research in times of collapse, Prof. Arjen Wals

Discussant: Prof. Maria Ojala, Örebro University/ University of Oulu


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Thu 11.4.2024 Researcher training workshop, University of Oulu, Tellus Backstage

10-12 Researcher training workshop with Prof. Arjen Wals: Transformative learning for socio-ecological resilience on a dying planet


  • Why study transformative (or transgressive) learning?
  • What are urgent questions and needs for knowledge?
  • How transformative (or transgressive) learning is studied?
  • How and what data on transformative learning has been and can be collected among citizens, in organizations such as schools, higher education institutions, and businesses, and in informal groups?
  • What analysis methods are and may be used?
  • What new knowledge can research in transformative learning bring forward?
  • Does knowledge matter on a dying planet? Or do we need to move beyond knowledge?

12-13 Lunch and discussion: Way forward


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ResilienceTalks is a dynamic discussion series that brings together researchers and experts in the fields of resilience and sustainability studies and development. Our aim is to provide a platform for thought-provoking discussions on topics that are academically rigorous and societally relevant. We believe that through engaging conversations and collaborations, we can make meaningful strides toward a proficient and critical research and more resilient and sustainable future. ResilienceTalks seminar series is organized by the FRONT (Profi 7) research programme and the Resilience Academy of Oulu (RAO).

About FRONT and RAO

FRONT research programme is dedicated to advancing the understanding of resilience and sustainability. Resilience Academy of Oulu (RAO) is an innovative center committed to inter- and transdisciplinary research, education, and knowledge dissemination in the field of resilience studies. RAO serves as a catalyst for academic excellence and collaboration, actively working toward societal impact.

Last updated: 3.4.2024