Varieties of Knowledge Societies and the SDGs, Short Course

  • Application Deadline
  • 11 days
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Full programme)
    Tuition (Full programme)
  • English (take IELTS)
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The course will reflect on our future ability to deal with the burning issues of the SDGs and the Paris Agreement within knowledge society relationships.


This is one of six parallel PhD courses of the annual Bergen Summer Research School (BSRS). This interdisciplinary venue for exploring some of the greatest challenges of our time attract around one hundred PhD candidates, researchers and policy makers every year.

The role of universities in promoting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and a sustainable development (including reaching the Paris Agreement goals) is crucial for our future. Universities are however embedded institutions; shaped by the societies they have been historically evolving within, and thus, also influencing these societies in a variety of ways.

In the same way we talk of varieties of capitalism, we may also talk of varieties of knowledge societies. And due to this, we also see a variety of ways that knowledge may contribute to the implementation of the SDGs, and of the ways the SDGs may influence knowledge institutions.

The course will reflect on these varieties and our future ability to deal with the burning issues of the SDGs and the Paris Agreement within knowledge society relationships.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 11 days
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    10 ECTS

    Participants are expected to write an essay (in a form of a publishable manuscript of 10-20 pages) to be submitted after the end of the summer school. This will give a total of 10 ECTS. 

    Deadline for submission will be decided your course leader.

    It is also possible to participate without producing an essay. This will give you 3 ECTS.

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure


  • How does varieties of knowledge societies shape response to the global challenges and the SDGs? 
  • Varieties of academic freedom and how its influence on SDG-responses.
  • From strong to weak knowledge societies; and consequences for response to SDG. The case of the Arab world.
  • How to understand the value of knowledge networking between different knowledge societies the discourse of the D (in the SDG) in a north-south perspective.
  • Varieties of capitalism - varieties of knowledge societies: Whose SDG knowledge counts.


The courses are designed for PhD level and are open to:

  • Candidates currently enrolled in a PhD programme
  • Junior researchers — including those in their last stages of their master programme, with extensive working experience, and those who have recently completed their PhD or are enrolled in a post-doc programme.


  • Tor Halvorsen, Associate Professor, Department of Administration and Organization Theory / UiB Global (course leader)
  • John Higgins, Professor, University of Cape Town
  • Anne Bang (UiB)
  • Jorun Nossum (Norad)

English Language Requirements

This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Take IELTS test

Academic Requirements

Upload the following documents.

  • Copy of your identity document (e.g. passport/ identity card/ driving license)
  • Transcript/diploma of the highest achieved degree
  • A letter of recommendation written and signed by your supervisor (written on official stationary of your institution)
  • A letter verifying your qualifications and current position, signed by the head of your institution/department (written on official stationary of your institution)
In order to participate, you need to have a good command of the English language. Full participation in the course-specific modules, reading of the provided literature prior to the summer school, and participation in all plenary events and roundtables is required.

Tuition Fee Per Full Programme

  • EUR 443 International
  • EUR 443 EU/EEA
The registration fee for attending the Bergen Summer Research School is NOK 4,000


Read more information about funding opportunities on the university website. 

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