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Our publications cover topics ranging from new ways of working in academia to recommendations for change at Erasmus University. With this thought leadership we work to strengthen the academic basis for transformative research, education, and engagement.

This report, written by Jilde Garst & the Design Impact Transition (DIT) platform, provides an analysis of the strategic gaps present in EUR's Strategy 2024 and its implementation. It concludes that in order to realise its strategy, EUR must initiate new institutional structures.

This policy brief, based on 32 interviews with EUR staff, finds that engaged researchers face several obstacles at EUR. It concludes that EUR can only achieve its mission to create ‘positive societal impact' if we fundamentally change our structures, culture, and practices.

In this working paper, we define “transformative research”, including its principles and challenges. We also show inspiring practical examples.

This paper argues that this institutional model of universities is inadequate to contribute effectively to societal transitions towards just and sustainable futures. Taking the Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR), the Netherlands, as an example, this paper illustrates the problems with the dominant (twentieth century) model of universities in the social sciences and explores what strategies universities can develop to transform.

This paper addresses the enabling and hindering factors for transdisciplinary work within research institutions. Through a comprehensive literature review, we identify nine key dimensions that influence the institutionalization of transdisciplinary work.

This paper by DIT Colleagues Julia de Koning and Mariangela Lavanga aims to better understand the drivers of clothing consumption for young adults and the policy interventions that can be designed to change clothing overconsumption behaviour. 

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