A series of four Marie Curie Summer Schools in Emerging Theories and Methods in Sustainability Research were organised by leading universities across Europe. The courses were financed by the Conferences and Training Courses Action under the Community’s Sixth Framework Programme. The topics for the summer schools were: Analysing Complexity (Barcelona 2006), Institutional Analysis of Sustainability Problems (Bratislava 2007), Methods and tools for environmental appraisal and policy formulation (Lisbon 2008), Integrated analysis of complex adaptive systems (Brighton 2009). Perspectives from ecological economics form an important basis for the series. The Norwegian University of Life Sciences by Arild Vatn coordinated the series.
The fourth THEMES summer school - Integrated analysis of complex, adaptive systems’ - was organised by Andy Stirling and Sigrid Stagl, University of Sussex, UK, 15-26 June 2009.
The third THEMES summer school - Methods and tools for environmental appraisal and policy formulation - was organised by Paula Antunes, New University Lisbon, Portugal, 26 May - 06 June 2008.
The second THEMES summer school - Institutional Analysis of Sustainability Problems - was organised by Tatiana Kluvankova-Oravska, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Slovakia, 18-29 June 2007.
The first THEMES summer school - Analysing Complexity - was organised by Joan Martinez-Alier, The Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain, 07 -17 June 2006.