The Design Impact Transition (DIT) Platform at Erasmus University Rotterdam empowers radically new ways to do research, education and engagement for a just and sustainable future.

As a platform, we bring together academics, students, non-academic staff and external stakeholders around complex and persistent societal challenges. We aim to build a strong and engaged community and a collaborative, experimental and design-based culture of transdisciplinarity. DIT is at the heart of the EUR Strategy, living the Erasmian values of global citizenship, social commitment, an open and critical mind-set, cooperation and entrepreneurial spirit.

Our team

Our team consists of dedicated Erasmians that work on building the DIT platform and transforming the university from the ground up. The core team consists of three quartermasters, plus an organisational lead and an academic lead, complemented by affiliated academics from various Schools and Institutes. You can always contact the core team if you have questions, remarks or if you want to contribute to the platform.

Our work

DIT works on three core domains: transformative research, transformative education and transformative engagement for impact, taking on the following roles:

  • Challenging and confronting existing disciplines and dogmas
  • Signaling and showing another way of working in academia
  • Attracting and connecting people across and beyond the academic world
  • Facilitating and supporting everyone who wants to be a part of this
  • Developing and sharing concepts and approaches on transformative academic work

Our home

Our home on Woudestein campus is on Q-2, the second floor of the Q building, where we work together, teach courses, host workshops, brainstorm about the future and drink coffee (and sometimes beer). Q-2 is an open and collaborative workspace: you are always welcome to drop by for a chat, coffee or a game of table tennis.

Building DIT together is an action research experiment in itself: we try to find out the best ways to organise and institutionalise transdisciplinary and engaged academic work for just and sustainable futures. This is why we want to encourage you to take the transformative journey with us and contribute to building this platform at Erasmus University!

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