Zennström Climate Change Leadership acts as a catalyst for public debate, research and education to directly address some of the most challenging questions that climate change poses to humanity. Four internationally recognised Zennström Professors in Climate Change Leadership are working with academics, students, civil society and public and private partners to both understand the scale of the civilisational transition needed to mitigate and adapt to climate change and to begin to develop routes towards that transition and prepare for adaptation. This professorship is co-funded by generous donations from Zennström Philanthropies.
Climate change leadership is a dynamic field, crossing disciplinary and societal boundaries, with the aim to catalyse innovative and bold approaches to meet the complex challenges of climate change. This dynamism and energy is derived from the increasing demand for knowledge and practices to meet challenges across all sectors of society, from the local to international level. Climate change leadership is characterised by knowledge co-production across academia and society at large, to ensure effective and just institutional and socio-technological transformations.
The overall goal of the initiative is to actively shape an inter- and transdisciplinary intellectual environment that combines education, research and outreach in innovative ways and applies knowledge into equitable climate action. The climate change leadership environment engages with new forms of vibrant, trans- disciplinary and exploratory forums with world-leading climate scientists, key climate negotiators, business and civil society leaders, policy-makers, social entrepreneurs and, not least, students and young leaders.
Four Key Themes of Climate Change Leadership
Our current projects largely fall within the four research themes of the Chairs of the Zennström professorship. These include:
Student engagement with international climate negotiations and justice
The Zennström Climate Change Leadership initiative is part of the research program Natural Resources and Sustainable Development (NRHU) based at Geocentrum, the Department of Earth Sciences, Uppsala University. We collaborate closely with CEMUS, the centre for Environment and Development studies at Uppsala University and SLU.