Students in our Sustainable Innovation major have the ambition to create a more sustainable future. In our program, you will gain in depth knowledge of sustainable technologies but you will also study the economic and societal factors that are important to make these innovations a success. You will analyze what is needed for consumers and firms to adopt these technologies and how policymakers can speed up the transition to a sustainable society. Furthermore, you’ll learn to place recent developments and discussions about sustainability in a long-term perspective, and you’ll see how national and global developments are related. In the multidisciplinary program, you will combine social science courses such as Sustainable Technology in Society, Economics of Innovation and Sustainable Development in a global context with science and engineering courses in one of two specializations: Sustainable Energy or Sustainability in the built environment.
Society and technology
Students of the Sustainable Innovation program are trained to use technology to solve societal issues, to strengthen welfare and well-being in the world. Just a few examples are:
- the position of the Netherlands in the European sustainable energy market
- the design of smart homes and electricity grids
- technological innovation in developing countries, such as biofuels in India
- assessing the pros and cons of new technologies, such as underground CO2 storage
- identifying societal issues in relation to new technologies such as electric cars
In the Sustainable Innovation major you can choose a technology specialization: Sustainable Energy or Sustainability in the built environment (English) with your own technology package of four courses which have to be completed in full during the Bachelor’s program. The language of communication of the major courses is English.
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