Program 2015–2016

Starting on the 10th of November 2015, participants will study literature, explore sustainability initiatives and research the sustainability transition of the Dutch island of Texel. Between 11 and 15th of January 2016 all participants will work at Texel, with people from Texel. Results of the research are published on this site and a publication of the outcome will be given to Texel's sustainability initiatives.

Texel’s sustainability will be studied on two levels of analysis:

  1. The system: Texel is a geographical unity and social community that will be studied as a socio-technical system. A socio-technical system pertains to theory regarding the social and technological aspects of society. As a team of about 50 students they will design a sustainable Texel and investigate what is needed to achieve that.
  2. The sub-system: on Texel specific challenges for sustainability are being faced. Groups of 4 students will study sub-systems of Texel that face particular challenges.  These sub-systems are listed below. Note that energy is not on the list, since that ambition is clearly articulated and quite some studies have been done on that sub-system already. Please note that energy has to be taken into account and lessons should be learned from developments towards sustainable energy on Texel so far when working on assignments. Each group is responsible for the research on one of the sub-systems.

The system level gives context to the sub-system level. Research on the sub-system takes place each week for each group. Every student spends on average about 14 hrs/week on doing research. 

In the bubble week on Texel we will analyse linkages between sub-systems as well as between sub-systems and the system level. This is visualized below.