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Collaborate for Sustainability: Join the SIRR Student Project for Sustainability, Innovation, Resilience and Rural Areas


The SIRR project aims to promote Sustainability, Innovation, Resilience and Rural Areas (SIRR). Through a multi-helix framework by bringing together academic institutions, civil society, municipalities and businesses. As part of this project, we are looking for a motivated and independent student or students who want to work towards promoting change through the multi-helix perspective in the North Sea Region. This student project will be conducted in collaboration with the SIRR project and the partners involved. HoloHouse, an sustainability agency that promotes sustainable development through collaborations between academia and the business sector, will act as the coordinator for this project.

HoloHouse is an established organization that has been creating value for over 6000 students and 2000 organizations through more than 2600 projects since 1997. The organization drives projects that support the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, such as projects related to energy efficiency, social sustainability, renewable energy, circular economy, and sustainable transport and much more. HoloHouse matches university students with experienced businesses and organizations that have a need for sustainable development.


Are you ready to make a positive impact in rural areas? The SIRR project is looking for ambitious university students from various disciplines to contribute to sustainability, innovation, and resilience in rural areas.

As part of this interdisciplinary student project, you will have the opportunity to explore topics related to sustainability, innovation, and resilience in rural areas, while collaborating with different stakeholders, including government, industry, academia, and civil society.

Possible tasks will include:

  • Conducting a literature review on one or more of the four areas of focus in the SIRR project: sustainability, innovation, resilience, and smart specialization.
  • Identifying the needs and challenges of rural areas related to the chosen area(s) of focus through interviews, surveys, or case studies.
  • Developing innovative and sustainable solutions to address the identified needs and challenges, taking into account the perspectives of different stakeholders.
  • Evaluating the potential impact of the proposed solutions and developing indicators to measure their success.

Possible topics and research questions you could explore include:

  1. Sustainable agriculture: Exploring ways to increase food security and reduce environmental impact in rural areas through sustainable farming practices.
  • Assessing the effectiveness of agroforestry in reducing soil erosion and enhancing biodiversity
  • Evaluating the feasibility of aquaponics as a sustainable farming practice in rural areas
  • Examining the social and economic impacts of promoting sustainable agriculture in rural communities
  1. Innovative rural tourism: Promoting sustainable and responsible tourism practices in rural areas while attracting tourists and providing economic benefits to local communities.
  • Investigating the potential for ecotourism as a sustainable and responsible tourism practice in rural areas
  • Developing strategies to market rural areas’ unique cultural and natural resources to tourists while minimizing environmental impact
  • Assessing the social and economic benefits of promoting sustainable tourism in rural areas
  1. Resilient infrastructure: Developing infrastructure that is resilient to the effects of climate change and natural disasters to ensure the safety and well-being of rural communities.
  • Evaluating the effectiveness of green infrastructure in mitigating the impacts of flooding in rural areas
  • Developing strategies to build resilience in rural transportation infrastructure in the face of climate change
  • Examining the social and economic implications of investing in resilient infrastructure for rural areas
  1. Smart specialization for rural areas: Identifying and developing unique strengths and resources in rural areas to promote sustainable innovation and economic development.
  • Exploring opportunities for rural areas to specialize in sustainable agriculture and food systems
  • Investigating the potential for rural areas to become hubs for renewable energy production and distribution
  • Assessing the social and economic impacts of promoting sustainable innovation and economic development in rural areas

This is your chance to make a meaningful contribution to the SIRR project and rural communities. Join us in promoting sustainability, innovation, and resilience in rural areas.

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Assignment, Thesis Assignment or Internship




To participate in the SIRR student project, students should have a background in fields such as sustainability, environmental studies, social sciences, engineering, business, or other relevant programs. Examples of programs that may be suitable for this project include but are not limited to:Environmental scienceSustainable developmentBusiness managementAgricultural scienceCivil engineeringSocial workGeography and urban planningPolitical scienceEconomicsPublic healthCommunication studies


SIRR is a five year program starting in 2023 and can be applied to during this period. The scope of the SIRR project varies depending on the type of project (internship, thesis work, voluntary student project, etc.) and the level of study (bachelor’s or master’s). Typically, the scope ranges from 15-30 credits for bachelor’s projects and 30-60 credits for master’s projects. However, the scope may vary depending on the requirements of the institution and program. Please note that internships are also possible, but we need to investigate requests with our partners first. Above all, the main focus is on completing a thesis work or a voluntary student project.


Distance with the possibility to participate in person.


Marcelo Angél Javier Pino Guerrero, Miriam Markus-Johansson,

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