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Global challenges

Bergen Research Summer School (BSRS) seeks to address some of the most pressing global challenges of our time.

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The BSRS is committed to produce and disseminate research-based education to address key global challenges through high quality disciplinary, interdisciplinary and problem oriented research-based education. 

Bergen is an international trading port situated on the rim of enormous marine, water and petroleum resources, close to wild and untouched nature—all limited resources in need of stewardship for a sustainable future. We believe that all disciplines have an obligation to challenge the international development agenda and to seek cross-disciplinary alternatives to the global challenges facing us.

Every year, we welcome 100 PhD candidates to take one of six select PhD-level courses, all based in some of Bergen’s best research groups, and each addressing important global challenges. Natural resources, health, poverty, migration, language and culture are some recurring themes of the expertise that are involved in the summer research school.

Definitions and understandings of global challenges are many. The United Nations has formulated a series of Sustainable Development Goals, the World Economic Forum publishes Global Risk Reports, and the UNDP has its frequent Human Development Report. For BSRS such measures will be points of departure, rather than frameworks, for critical reflection and debate. 

Bergen Summer Research School is a partnership of NHH Norwegian School of Economics, Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, Chr. Michelsen Institute, and NORCE Norwegian Research Centre AS, under the leadership of the University of Bergen.

The five partner institutions all contribute towards critical analysis of po­wer structures and promote a diversified and sustainable society. We all play our part in addressing global challenges and developing skills and initiative to promote a sustainable future.

The Bergen Summer Research School secretariat is located at UiB's Centre for International Health.