Research Interests

Our research interests lie mainly in the area of sustainable development, innovation and societal transitions.

Research in this area covers the shift toward sustainability of high, middle and low-income countries. It particularly considers the role of technology, innovation, actor strategies, capacity building and their impact on ‘transition trajectories’ at the micro and macro levels.

For Master/PhD students

Our main themes of interest for Master- and PhD-level theses are the following:

  • Solution designs for transitioning to circular economy in Europe and developing countries;
  • WASH transitions: Water, Waste management, Sanitation and Hygiene behaviour in schools, universities and other communities;
  • Sustainability Education: fostering the integration of economic, ecological, and social-cultural dimensions of sustainability within formal and non-formal educational contexts;
  • Impact of the 4th industrial revolution on women security and well being


Action Research Approach

”Sometimes, in order to find the answer, we need to jump in, not as donors or researchers, but rather as actors in the development process. So, I had to go from being a charitable academic person to becoming an academic social entrepreneur.”, Shyama V. Ramani

Action research means designing the studies such that they not only enhance existing knowledge, but also bring about positive transformative change, however small that may be. As researchers, we need to rethink the way we are doing things, act and work outside of silos and bring back positive impact to our study populations.

Read more about the Action Research Approach, applied by Prof Shyama V. Ramani here.