EUniWell launches a new Small Private Online Course (SPOC)

11/08/2022 | by Hannah Lowe | Birmingham Cologne Environment Well-Being

Three EUniWell universities, in collaboration with three African partner universities, are developing a new Small Private Online Course (SPOC) on Decentering Epistemologies for Global Well-Being.

The pircture shows the Small Private Online Course team during a hybrid event, some attending in person and others via Zoom.

Team members from Leiden University, Université Mohammed V de Rabat, University of Birmingham, University of Cologne, University of Nairobi and University of the Western Cape had their kick-off meeting in Leiden on 13-14 October 2022 to plan the SPOC. 

The team will recruit student participants from all EUniWell universities with which to trial the first ever SPOC conducted jointly between multiple European and African universities. Team members from the six universities will investigate three overlapping themes of environment, knowledge and intersectionality, and their relationships to well-being. The students will perform well-being fieldwork in the six cities where the partner universities are located. Through collaboration with their international peers, they will synthesise their results into global perspectives. In addition to the well-being themes, the intercontinental team will use the case studies to explore how well-being relates to the decolonisation agenda and how to guard against extractive or ‘parachute science’ between the Global North and South. The outcomes of the SPOC will form the basis of a conference at Leiden University in 2023.

Further information

Further information on the project can be obtained from Madi Ditmars: m.d.ditmars[at]


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