About Us

SDD Wageningen has two branches: The SDD Community and the SDD Track.

SDD Track

The SDD Track is the academic course offered at Wageningen University and Research. The vision and mission statement of the SDD Track are:

For more information on the aim, contents, application and selection procedure for the SDD Track, see ‘sdd master track‘.

SDD Community

Students following this SDD Track become part of the SDD Community.

We are a community of practice of current and alumni SDD students. We are a dynamic and diverse group from different backgrounds and with varying interests and nationalities who have followed or are still following the SDD Track since its launch in 2012. While we are a diverse group, we find common ground in our interest in the field of sustainable development and how governance, negotiations, and diplomacy play a role in this.

The SDD Community organizes master classes, field trips, invites different speakers, attends conferences, writes blogs, shares SDD related news, generates new SDD information and organizes other activities exclusively for SDD Wageningen students and alumni. It is through the process of sharing information and experiences that we learn from each other and further develop ourselves personally and professionally. As the community grows, we create a global network of young professionals striving to make a positive impact on local, regional and global decision making to tackle the many challenges we face today.

The SDD Community Wageningen is coordinated by three committees:

Communication committee

Chair: Daphne Schalekamp (daphne.schalekamp@wur.nl)

The communication committee is in charge of all the flow of information running through the SDD Community – it designs, edits, and maintains visual content for the SDD Community. We maintain and collect content for the SDD Facebook page, website, and the journal ‘The Envoy’. We also aim to keep the SDD Community and Network together. The committee maintains the network of SDD students, Alumni, staff, and our growing network with other individuals and institutions.

Activities committee

Chair: Fenna Wielenga (fenna.wielenga@wur.nl)

The activities committee organises various SDD related events. Activities like seminars, masterclasses, excursions and (in)formal drinks are the core business of this group. These activities are organized on and off Wageningen University campus.

Institutional committee

Contact person: Ellen Brauers (ellen.brauers@wur.nl)

The institutional committee aims on expanding recognition of the SDD track and its Community, both within and outside of Wageningen University. They will make sure that comments on courses will make it to the right people and will negotiate on funds and other extras.

The Logo

Sustainable Development is a well-known concept these days. All developments need to be sustainable to secure a good quality of life for current and future generations. The main themes that are associated with sustainable development include, energy, biodiversity, seas and oceans, and people. These are demonstrated in blue, yellow, green and orange. These 4 themes are both future challenges as future solutions.  Although they are the challenges we need to face, the innovative answers to tackle them lay within them.

The term Sustainable Development Diplomacy (SDD), however, is relatively young. Diplomacy is about connecting, creating conversations, networking, negotiating and much more. The 5th hexagon illustrates the concepts’ complexity and interconnectedness of the 4 themes and diplomacy.  It is a web or network of connections and conversations in which decisions are made that contribute to a sustainable growth.

SDD Wageningen Logo Black
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