Netherlands, Tilburg

Socio Environmental Impacts of Extractive Industries and Beyond

when 17 July 2017 - 28 July 2017
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 4 ECTS
fee EUR 650

Extractive industries are responsible of massive socio-environmental impacts due to an irresponsible and only profit-driven way of conducting businesses. The strongest consequences are registered at the local level, mainly in middle/low-income countries, where governments have a weaker capacity to regulate extractive practices conducted by multinational corporations. Involving communities in making companies accountable for their environmental legacy must be the solution. The course contextualizes the issue, for subsequently presenting the potential of advanced technologies as tools for communities at risk for detecting environmental hazards. A theoretical and cases study-based part on environmental impacts of extractive industries will be combined with a more practice-oriented part on empowering the affected communities via monitoring and alerting technologies.

Course leader

Dr. A. Berti Suman

Target group

The course is interdisciplinary (though more socio-legal oriented) and interactive, BA and MA students are welcomed both from humanistic disciplines (law, political science, sociology, economics...) and from technical faculties (engineering, informatics, environmental sciences...), but also medicine and psychology.

Course aim

•Understand impacts of extractive industries on society
•Discover and analyzing relationships of power within the sector/area of non-renewable energies: develop your own opinion on alternatives
•Achieve awareness of environmental contamination: from oil to mining sectors
•Identify community’s potential to protect our environment and keep it healthy
•Evaluate the role of technology in assessing environmental liabilities

Fee info

EUR 650: All the students admitted to the course pay € 650 (including: reading material, aperitif on the last course-day, train tickets for field trips).early bird discount is 10% (registration completed before 31st of March).


There are no scholarships available for this course.

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