The long term objective of the HUM.CILM chair is to foster research and its application on the Humanities specific contribution to daily landscape management, thus meeting the strategy of the Sustainable Development Goals agenda, through future leaders capacity building. Specific objectives aim to establish a global research, education and innovation network, to demonstrate the specific use of the Humanities in daily life, to potentiate the impact of knowledge production and knowledge sharing and to educate new generations of qualified leaders within a transdisciplinary and creative framework, that will also allow humanities to directly connect with natural and formal sciences, technology and the arts. This will be achieved through an ambitious programme that brings together several ongoing partial projects and a very wide network of academic and other partners from Europe, Africa, South America and Asia, in the context of the collaboration with the International Council for Philsophy and Human Sciences (CIPSH) and with UNESCO-MOST (Management of Social Transformations programme).

Thirty years after the “Brundtland report”, we need to recognize our planet stands in a more unstable and less sustainable position, despite all intentions. It became growingly clear that Sustainability is not a matter for technology and natural and social sciences alone, since cultural values, traditions, memories and diverse skills play a decisive role. Progressive interconnection across different disruptive features (environmental stress, terrorism, unemployment, xenophobia, and other) is an illustration all too dramatic to be ignored, being crucial for the future of society, its institutions, corporations and dynamics. The question is: can Humanities play a role other than of advice, or of promoting comparative studies?

Rio+20 Summit addressing poverty as the core issue of sustainability, called for a revision of the original concept, going beyond the so-called TBL. Yet, a new understanding needs to build from human cultural diversity and a new specific framework of reference is required, to address the challenges and to converge with other global initiatives, such as “Future Earth”, the “International Year of Global Understanding” and the “World Humanities Conference”.
Humanities are the base of an approach that will be able to address the challenges of Rio+20 and the Global Sustainability Goals, which lead to the establishment of this Chair chair. Its focus is to bridge different scientific domains within a long term approach and complex reasoning, for its concrete application to territory-based processes.

Research degrees from various disciplines, intensive courses, workshops, internships, publications, applied activities and dissertations will result from an operational framework that involves, from its onset, over 15 disciplines and scholars and students from four continents. All will be permanently experiencing an academic environment that is daily connected to non-academic, private and public, partners. Furthermore, a strong communication strategy will contribute to disseminate the project results, while also engaging the population and several stakeholders in applied projects.

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