Transitions to Low Carbon Living

Author: lailamendy (Page 1 of 3)

Starting with the Masters Narrative

Last week Stefania Barca, Zennström Professor in Climate Change Leadership at Uppsala University gave a talk at Uppsala Klimatveckan 2021, which set the stage for the next 15 months of her professorship. The topic was on the Anthropocene and drawing out the masters narrative of such a concept. From this starting point, the arguments to decolonise climate change leadership compel us to reflect upon the assumptions and narratives that frame our ways of understanding and engaging with the world. You can watch the full talk below.

This talk invited members of the public to work through this challenge with us: how can we consider the ways in which we approach the decolonising challenge? What are the core assumptions we carry with us in our methods of engagement? How to we recognise these and counter (or work through) them?

We will shortly release a statement that responds more fully to the questions we were given by Uppsalabo, along with further resources we find helpful. Please check back here shortly.


If you are interested in getting involved with this process, please do reach out to us. We are eager to learn from your ideas!

To read more about Stefania Barca’s approach to Climate Change Leadership we encourage you to read her statement on Just Transition.

Stefania Barca, Zennström Professor in Climate Change Leadership

We are so pleased to announce the arrival of our fourth professor in Climate Change Leadership: Stefania Barca.

Stefania Barca, Zennström Professor in Climate Change Leadership Foto Mikael Wallerstedt

Stefania Barca is a scholar in Environmental History from Coimbra University. With a particular focus on social movements and Just Transition, Stefania will be bringing diverse and highly engaged networks from the Global South into dialogue with European environmental and workers rights organisations to work through the tricky questions of a Just Transition.

Her professorship begins with a series of conversations in Uppsala in relation to climate fiction, the arts and films. These explore the different methods and messages that can emerge from creative and participatory conversations. Her professorship will culminate in a conference on Just Transition in spring 2022.

You can read more about her background and planned activities here.

Läs mer om Stefania här (på svenska).

CCL Welcomes Mikael Karlsson!

We are pleased and excited to announce that we will soon be working with a new senior lecturer in climate change leadership, Mikael Karlsson. Mikael will be joining us to lead our research activities from March 15. He will also be working with education at CEMUS and NRHU.

Här kan man läsa mer om Mikael i en intervju med Malin Eivergård, Geocentrum (på svenska).

You can read more about Mikael in the translation of the interview with Malin Eivergård, Department of Earth Sciences here (in english).

Follow Mikael on twitter for more

The Campus Garden

As the climate impact and health threats associated with industrial food systems grow ever stronger, demand for local and sustainable food systems also grows. The Campus Food Garden is a student designed and led project, building an on-campus urban garden in unused and vacant spaces of Uppsala University campus. Funded by the Uppsala University Climate Pot and CCL, the initiative aims to explore the potential for local and sustainable food production system in reducing Uppsala University’s climate impact.

Visit The Campus Garden’s Facebook page for regular updates and to find out how you can get involved, or connect with project leaders and Uppsala University students Otilia and Sagnik. They are encouraging all growers – old or new, staff, student of Uppsalabo – to come and join in with them.

You can also read more about them on Uppsala University’s student magazine, ERGO.

New report calls for the radical restructuring of universities in era of climate change

What is required of universities in face of climate change? Read the new HEPI report by Keri Facer to find out!

Zennström Professor Keri Facer has called for the radical restructuring of Higher education and universities in response to climate change. You can read more on the website of the Higher Education Policy Institute. Or download the report here:


For more explorations and discussions regarding the role of the university in a changing climate, explore our work here.

The Non-Human Animal: Negotiating Bio Relations

In this report you can read about the 2019 collaboration between Zennström Climate Change Leadership at Uppsala University and the Uppsala Art Museum. Some of the ideas and findings from this report are elaborated upon in a forthcoming publication.

This report is written in English.


Några ord från Kuratorn, Rebecka Wigh Abrahamsson, Uppsala Art Museum

En rapport om samarbetet mellan Uppsala konstmuseum och Uppsala universitet kring utställningen ”The Non-Human Animal –  Negotiating Bio-relations”  hösten 2019. Samarbetet leddes av Keri Facer, Zennströmprofessor i Climate Change Leadership vid Uppsala universitet, som i sin forskning har ett stort fokus på konstens och humanioras roll i samtalet om och förståelsen kring klimatförändringarna.

Här beskrivs de olika aktiviteterna och de multidisciplinära perspektiv som vävdes samman i projektet, från pedagogiska och rituella, till diskussion om den politiska infrastrukturen.  

En premiss i papporten är behovet av skapa fler intellektuella och emotionella rum för att diskutera alla de konflikter och motstridiga intressen som blir tydliga under antropocen, t ex möjligheten att bearbeta sorg. Här diskuteras vilken effekt ramverket kring dessa skapade rum får på samtalen.

Flera exempel på olika interdisciplinära modeller som prövades under projektet lyfts fram, samt den stora potential som finns i att se över och tänka nytt kring vad det betyder att vara människa idag genom pedagogiska, imaginära, rituella och politiska strukturer.

CEFO Publications

CEFO Publication Series

The activities, courses and discussions at CEFO has resulted in some publications. We are also currently working on a traveling conversation booklet that will be published on our blog and available in DIVA.

Friman, E. and Gallardo F., G. L., eds. 2010. Politicized Nature: Introduction’ in Politicized Nature. Global Exchange, Resources and Power. Uppsala: Cefo Publication Series Number 2. Pp. 9-17.

Schulz, S.L. ed., 2007. Ekokritik: Naturen i litteraturen – en antologi, CEMUS Skriftserie Nr. 1. Uppsala: Centrum för miljö- och utvecklingsstudier. Download it here

CEFO alumnis’ PhD theses and Affiliated membersLicentiate theses

Johari, Fatemeh (2021) Urban building energy modeling: A systematic evaluation of modeling and simulation approaches

Apler, Anna (2021) Contaminated organic sediments of anthropogenic origin: impact on coastal environments

Engel, Fabian (2020) The role of freshwater phytoplankton in the global carbon cycle

Öhrlund, Isak (2020) Demand Side Response: Exploring How and Why Users Respond to Signals Aimed at Incentivizing a Shift of Electricity Use in Time

Teodorescu, Dominic (2019) Dwelling on Substandard Housing: A multi-site contextualisation of housing deprivation among Romanian Roma

Kokko, Suvi, (2019). Transforming society through multilevel dynamics

Ekblom, Anneli (2004) Changing Landscapes: An Environmental History of Chibuene, Southern Mozambique

Other Publications

Gallardo Fernández, G. 2008. From Seascapes of Extinction to Seascapes of Confidence: Territorial Use Rights in Fisheries in Chile: El Quisco and Puerto Oscuro. Stockholm: Co-Action Publishing.

PhD Courses

Climate Change Leadership: Actors and Strategies for Societal Transitions, 2021

For more information or to apply to CCL 2021, please email venu.thandlam@geo.uu.se


Climate Change Leadership: Power, Politics and Structures, 2019

Autumn 2019  Climate Change Leadership: Power, Politics and Structures


Previous Courses

PhD students associated with CEFO have proposed, developed and coordinated a variety of interdisciplinary courses over the years.

Click here for overview of CEFO past courses

CEFO Affiliates

Helena Fornstedt, Dept. Civil and Industrial Engineering, CEFO Coordinator

Sachiko Ishihara, Dept. Social and Economic Geography

Lovisa Eriksdottir, Dept. Business Studies

Fouad El Gohary, Dept. Civil and Industrial Engineering

Matilda Andersson, Dept. Ecology and Genetics

Lakin Anderson, Dept. Business Studies

Holly Jayne Redman, Dept. Chemistry – Ångstrom Laboratory

Isak Stoddard, Dept. Earth Sciences, NRHU/Climate Change Leadership Node

Fatemeh Johardi, Dept. Civil and Industrial Engineering

Venugopal Reddy Thandlam, Dept. Earth Sciences

Vincenza Ferrara, Dept. Archaeology and Ancient History

Pascoal João Gota, Dept. Archaeology and Ancient History

Jossias Humbane, Dept. Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology

To become a formally affiliated PhD student see the affiliation agreement and contact the coordinator (Helena) at  helena.fornstedt@angstrom.uu.se.If you are a mater student or researcher we would be happy to include you in our group as a non-affiliated member. The more the merrier!

Our Internal Rules and Procedures Document

CEFO Alumni

Fabian Engel graduated from Department of Ecology and Genetics, Limnology, Uppsala University

Isak Öhrlund, graduated from Department of Civil and Industrial Engineering, Industrial Engineering and Management, Uppsala University

Kristina Börebäck, graduated from Department of Education, Stockholm University

Suvi Kokko, graduated from Department of Economics, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Marcus Wallner, graduated from Department of Social and Economic Geography, Uppsala University

Johanna Jokinen graduated from Department of Social and Economic Geography, Uppsala University

Claudia Abril, graduated from Department of Earth Sciences Uppsala University

Dominic Teodorescu, graduated from Department of Social and Cultural Geography , Uppsala University

Orn-uma Polpanich graduated from Department of Earth Sciences Uppsala University

Pianpian Wu, graduated from Department of Aquatic Sciences and Assessment, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Sonja Pullen, graduated from Department of Chemistry – Ångström Laboratory, Uppsala University

Emma Moberg, graduated from Department of Energy and Technology, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Hanh Tong Thi Hai, graduated from Department of Earth Sciences, Uppsala University

Huayi Lin, graduated from Department of Energy and Technology Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Daniel Bergquist graduated from Department of Social and Economic Geography, Uppsala University

Camilo Calderon Graduated from Department of Urban and Rural Development, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Sofie Joosse, Graduated from Department of Social and Economic Geography, Uppsala University

Anneli Ekblom, Graduated from Department of Archaeology and Ancient History, Uppsala University

Eren Zink, Graduated from Department of Cultural Anthropology, Uppsala University

Anneleen Kool, Graduated from Department of Organismal Biology, Uppsala University

Hugo De Boer, Graduated from Department of Organismal Biology, Uppsala University

Diana Garavito-Bermúdez, Graduated from Department of Education, Stockholm University

Héctor Estuardo Guinea Barrientos, Graduated from Department of Earth Sciences, Uppsala University

Moyen Mustaquim, Graduated from Department of
Informatics and Media, Uppsala University

Katharina Brinkert, Transferred from Department of Chemistry, Uppsala University

Simon Davidsson, Graduated from Department of Earth Sciences, Uppsala University

Sara Lång Graduated from Department of Social and Economic Geography, Uppsala University

Anna-Klara Nilsson, Graduated from Department of Social and Economic Geography, Uppsala University

Christian Alarcon Graduated from Department of Urban and Rural Development Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Lars Karlsson Graduated from Department of Economic History, Uppsala University


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