International Off-Campus PhD programme Industrial Ecology, Cleaner Production and Sustainable Development

Make a contribution to changes in society, towards a sustainable development.

Study programme

This Off-Campus PhD programme is about doing meaningful scientific, research to understand the complex challenges for sustainable development and how to pave the way, to accelerate the transition towards an equitable and post-fossil fuel economy. 

Why study this programme?

  • You can study this programme while staying in your home country
  • You will attend the annual PhD Programme Intensive held in Rotterdam - The Netherlands. During this two-week intensive you attend courses, present the progress of your research and receive feedback from supervisors, professors and fellow PhD candidates.
  • You will learn from the best, as the Department of Public Administration at Erasmus University Rotterdam is ranked number one in the Shanghai Subject Ranking 2017 and 2018 for Public Administration Rotterdam. 
  • You meet and work with international fellow candidates with different (academic) backgrounds and future careers all over the world.
  • This Off Campus PhD programme started in 1995 and has delivered a total of 31 alumni from 17 different countries.

For whom is this PhD programme?

  • Individuals eager to accelerate the transition to equitable and post-fossil fuel economies, through a PhD research in their home country.
  • Mid-career professionals in the public and private sector, with a passion for sustainable development.

Career perspectives

The alumni of the programme mostly continue their lives, for example, as a sustainable entrepreneur, consultant or policy-maker. Some make a career development in academics and become a university professor. Your perspectives might fit into the following key concepts and long-term sustainability challenges:

Envisioning the future

Key concepts shaping what we do

Preventive solutionsSustainable Development and Systematic Thinking
Embedding industrial ecology in societiesIndustrial Ecology, Circular Economy and Industrial Metabolism
Closing loops in energy and materialsTransitions towards sustainability
Mitigation and adaptation to climate changeCorporate Social Responsibility
Understanding human corporate behavioursSustainable Supply Chain Management