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Kick-off: ‘Introduction to the Minor Frugal Innovation for Sustainable Global Development’


Admission requirements

The course is open for all students that are enrolled in the LDE Minor Frugal Innovation for Sustainable Global Development.


At this ‘kick-off day’ for the LDE Minor Frugal Innovation for Sustainable Global Development attention will be paid to 1) the emergence of the concept of Frugal Innovation, the underlying concept of frugality and historical predecessors, such as the appropriate technology movement, 2) the debate on how Frugal Innovation relates to the debate on how to arrive at sustainable transformation processes that serve both people and planet. In interactive sessions students will also get acquainted with each other and the teaching team. Detailed information about the minor programme will also be provided during this introductory day.

Course objectives

After this course students

· Are able to describe what frugal innovation as a distinct manifestation of innovation entails and how it differs from and relates to other innovation manifestations;

· Have a first, basic understanding of the academic debate on frugal innovation in relation to societal transformation processes (‘development’).

· Understand what the minor is about and what is needed to follow and complete the minor successfully.


September 2020.. A detailed timetable will be presented on Brightspace (Leiden University) and in the syllabus for the minor.


Mode of instruction

Lectures, interactive group work.

Assessment method




Inspection and feedback

Evaluation of written assignment.

Reading list

To be indicated via Brightspace and via the syllabus for the minor.


Registration via uSis is verplicht.

Information about uSis website

Inschrijven voor vakken en tentamens

Registration Studeren à la carte en Contractonderwijs

Registration Studeren à la carte.
Registration Contractonderwijs.
Not applicable.


If you have questions, please contact the course coordinator Dr. André Leliveld, or send an e-mail to Minor Frugal Innovation
Onderwijsadministratie: Reuvensplaats