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Ana Vasques, Ginie Servant-Miklos, and Sanne Koevoets

In this roundtable dialogue, three experts from the Erasmus University Rotterdam, who are all leaders in the field of sustainability and connected to the Design Impact Transition (DIT) platform of the same university, will engage in linking, delinking, and relinking higher education to societal transition challenges. Each expert has vast experience in justice and sustainability education and working with transitions. And they hold several roles in the university to contribute towards a more just and sustainable organisation. This roundtable will explore the limits and potentials of higher educational systems like the university to contribute to systemic change. Perhaps more importantly, this conversation will explore how the potential of universities can be mobilised to make a positive change in the world.


Ana Vasques is an ecologist and a sustainability scientist whose main focus is on the underlying processes that drive nature’s resilience and the role of human actions therein. Ana is the academic lead for transformative education at the Design, Impact, Transition Platform at EUR and the academic coordinator of the minor Sustainability Transitions.

Ginie Servant-Miklos is an educator, researcher and activist currently working as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Clinical Psychology at the Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences. She is the Chair and founder of the FairFight Foundation, a women’s empowerment charity, which she has led since 2015.

Sanne Koevoets is a senior lecturer in Intersectional Studies of Media and Culture at the Erasmus University Rotterdam and is connected to DIT as a researcher in Transformative Repair. Sanne’s work at Erasmus University College is transdisciplinary at the intersection of justice, arts, and transitions.

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Citation Data

Author(s): Ana Vasques, Ginie Servant-Miklos, and Sanne Koevoets
Year: 2023
Title: (How) Can Universities be Linked to Societal Transition Challenges?
Published in: Proceedings of Relating Systems Thinking and Design
Volume: RSD12
Article No.: pre-release
Host: Georgetown University
Location: Amsterdam, NLD | ONLINE
Symposium Dates: October 6–20, 2023
First published: 15 July 2023
Last update: no update
Publisher Identification: ISSN 2371-8404