Frugal Innovation for Sustainable Global Development


About this minor

N.B. This is a selection minor! Applications close 16 April 2023.

This joint minor is offered in collaboration with Leiden University and TU Delft. Education will take place at all three locations

During the past decade, frugality has emerged as a new discourse on innovation. It challenges mainstream growth and innovation practices by which (1) the majority of people live without access to affordable basic services and necessities such as health, housing, energy, water or food, and (2) current production and consumptions patterns -notably in the Global North, lead to resource overexploitation and environmental degradation that increase climate change worldwide. Among both academics and policy makers, frugal innovation is ascribed with the potential to sustainably tackle global societal challenges such as inequality, exclusion, and poverty.

The minor critically explores and investigate frugal innovation discourses and its ascribed potentials. It provides for a multidisciplinary learning environment, bringing together students from Leiden University, Delft University of Technology and Erasmus University Rotterdam.

The first block consists of three courses offered by lecturers from each participating university, and a Bootcamp to prepare students for their practical assignment. In the second block the Frugal Innovation in Practice field assignment takes place, either in the Netherlands or abroad.

Good to know

This is a selection minor that a requires full-time commitment from September 2023 until the last week of January in 2024.

Apply via: EduXchange and submit the Background and Commitment Form

Maximum number of students: 40

Applications close: 16 April 2023

Additional information: minor coordinator Madi Ditmars


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