Stockholm Resilience Centre & Sustainability Network launch online MOOC

The Stockholm Resilience Centre (SRC) and Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) have launched a MOOC (massive open online course) titled Planetary Boundaries and Human Opportunities. The MOOC will feature lectures from top sustainability scientists, including Johan Rockström, and will run online until January 18, 2015.

UNSDSN sustainability MOOC

The course contains eight different modules, covering key sustainability science topics, such as: the Anthropocene, social-ecological systems thinking, planetary boundaries, and resilience thinking. Participants will have the opportunity to deepen their understanding of the topics through quizzes and homework assignments. The MOOC is also designed to be as interactive as possible through online forum discussions with other students and teaching assistants, and a chance to ask the top scientists questions through scheduled video “hangouts.”

Centre Executive Director and Lead Instructor Professor Johan Rockström says, “This is a unique opportunity for anyone, located anywhere around the world to learn about state of the art thinking on global sustainability challenges and solutions. We are very excited by the opportunity to develop this course in partnership with SDSN.”

Planetary Boundaries is the third course offered as part of SDSN’s online education initiative, SDSNedu, which launched in September 2014. All SDSNedu courses are offered free to anyone with an Internet connection and allow for unlimited enrollment. As of mid-November, the enrollment numbers across the three courses reached 50,000, and we look forward to an enrollment of approximately 10,000 for Planetary Boundaries. To enroll for the course, please visit the SDSNedu course portal at

SRC is an international research centre, which advances sustainability science for biosphere stewardship. The centre is a joint initiative between Stockholm University and The Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics at The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. SDSN is a United Nations initiative that aims to mobilizes scientific and technical expertise from academia, civil society, and the private sector in support of sustainable development problem solving at local, national, and global scales. Both organizations are committed to developing a sustainable future.

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