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The interdisciplinary course Globalisation and Sustainable Development, formerly North-South, consists of a series of lectures and debates by experts on contemporary development topics in a variety of domains (e.g. education, law, international politics, architecture and planning, health, agriculture, economics and management, etc.). These topics are approached from a global relations perspective that emphasizes sustainability. The lectures make students aware of the importance of context, culture, history and experience in knowledge creation and (inter)national development strategies and practices.  The course aims to provide a broad, multidisciplinary understanding of contemporary global issues while at once stimulating students’ (self-)reflective and respectful attitude towards other cultures.






This year, the course includes lectures and debates by selected experts who will introduce you to relevant issues in different societal fields, based on circularity and from a global perspective. The lecture series starts with an introductory, interactive workshop on the Sustainable Development Goals, followed by lectures of (inter)national experts on biobased economy, circular building, digital circularity, circular business models in textile and circularity in health.

This course is an elective course open to all students and interested people (free of charge).


All lectures take place at UHasselt Campus Diepenbeek, Agoralaan, Building D, from 5-7 pm.



The Sustainable Development Goals: A Global Vision for Local Future-Proof Action - workshop


Peter Wollaert (Managing Director CIFAL Flanders)




Circular building:


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Informal Governance Structures in Urban poor housing in Ghana; creativity and complexities

Prof. Esther Danso-Wiredu (Senior lecturer University of education, Winneba, Ghana)


Start Living Green: post-natural building: From sustainability to regeneration

Dr. Anita Venter (Lecturer and researcher University of the Free State, Centre for Development Support, Bloemfontein, South Africa; co-founder “Start Living Green”) 


Biobased economy:


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From linear to biobased and circular economy

Prof. Tom Kuppens (Centre for Environmental Sciences- environmental economy, academic coordinator postgraduate biobased and circular economy, Hasselt University)



Valorisation of co-products of agribusiness in Morocco: challenges and opportunities


Prof. Hassan Hajjaj (Professor Biotechnology and Industrial Microbiology, project leader “Agri-food and food safety” IUC-VLIR-UOS project Moulay Ismail University, Meknes, Morocco)



Circular Business Models: 


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From bean to bar: sustainable and circular business models in the chocolate industry

Prof. Wim Lambrechts (Research group Diversity, Hasselt University) & Helen Gallagher

  Closing the textile loop: engaging stakeholders and consumers for industrial symbiosis Valerie Boiten (Researcher Prospex institute vzw)  


Circular Economy in ICT: Introduction on how the recovery of hardware can contribute to several UN Sustainable Development Goals 

Peter Manderick (Head of Projects, Close The Gap)

Didier Appels (Business Development Director (strategic partnerships), Close The Gap)

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World Evening

Cultural evening with appetizers and workshops from all over the world.
For UHASSELT students who take the GSD course for credits, World Evening is mandatory but free of charge – you don’t have to subscribe separately in this case.



Crafting self-reflective, academic papers and giving presentations

Prof Patrizia Zanoni (coordinator of this course) This session is a preparation of the examination.

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The Circular Economy – what it is and how it links to health.

Prof. Jon Fairburn (Professor of Sustainable Development, Business School, Staffordshire University,UK)


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Structure & language

The course consists of interactive lectures by guest speakers specialized in different areas of study. Every lecture will foresee the possibility of interaction between the speaker and the audience. All lectures will be in English.


Target group

  • AUHL students:
    - Hasselt University: Students in their third bachelor year and master students can register for the course (1955) with the approval of their faculty.
    - PXL: Students can register for the course with the approval of their department.
  • Others: The lectures are open to all interested people.



  • Attendance at all lectures is required.
  • Participation in the discussions during the lectures is encouraged.
  • Students can choose between:
    - A 10-page essay concerning a topic which has been dealt with during the lectures. Students frame this topic within a broader perspective, adopt a critical stance in formulating their own opinion and make links to recent events on the topic.
    - Oral examination: students read a book from a given reading list and discuss 3 insights they gained from this book.


Sofie Ignoul


Academic coordination

Prof. dr. Patrizia Zanoni
Prof. dr. Paul Janssen
Prof. dr. Wim Lambrechts

Administrative coordination

Sofie Ignoul