Transitions to Low Carbon Living

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Senior Lecturer in Climate Change Leadership comments on IPCC Report

For original news post on Geo (på svenska) read here.


On the 9th of August, the UN Climate Panel released the first part of its new climate report. The report is a comprehensive compilation of the current scientific state of knowledge regarding climate change, including climate models and scenarios.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says the report should be considered a red flag for humanity. The risk is clear: within ten years we will pass the Paris Agreement’s goal of a 1.5 degree temperature rise. As before, it is stated that carbon dioxide from the burning of fossil fuels is the main cause and that sea levels are rising. More clearly than ever, the IPCC points out that the increase in extreme weather events such as heat waves and droughts is primarily due to humanity’s impact on the climate.

Mikael Karlsson, associate professor of environmental science and senior lecturer in climate change leadership comments on the report.


Does the report contain anything surprising?

– We have been sure since at least the 1990s that humans affect the climate and that it has serious consequences so the main features are well known. Since then research has become considerably clearer on what is happening, where it is happening and how fast it is happening. What is perhaps most surprising is how clear the climate panel is now about the increase in extreme weather. It moves what many thought were future consequences to the here and now, says Mikael Karlsson, associate professor of environmental science at Uppsala University.

Which areas of the world are most vulnerable?

– Probably the biggest problem with climate change is that it is getting drier in the world where drought is already a big problem and where many people live in deep poverty. This will be developed in the second part of the report in February next year. But today’s report shows extensive climate impact in our part of the world as well. In the far north of the globe the warming will be greater than average and we will see more extreme weather in the future. This may be in the form of fires and floods that can cause great damage, says Mikael Karlsson, associate professor of environmental science at Uppsala University.

Is it too late to reverse the trend?

– Absolutely not. Admittedly some trends, such as sea level rise, will continue for centuries, but the pace can be slowed down considerably and many other catastrophic scenarios can be avoided altogether. It is still quite possible to meet the goal of limiting the temperature increase to 1.5 degrees. The third part of the report, which will be published in March next year, shows how this can be done. But we already know today that many solutions are available and our research shows that even in the short term it can be profitable to change direction, says Mikael Karlsson, associate professor of environmental science at Uppsala University.

What happens now? How should society act, how do we get there and how can I as an individual act?

– The solution catalog is thick and more and more politicians, business leaders and individuals are taking responsibility and trying to reduce emissions. By all accounts, that work will accelerate in the near future. Within the EU a number of measures were proposed this summer and later this autumn there will be a global climate summit in Glasgow. Climate work is also intensifying in Sweden, although much remains to be done. As an individual you can do a lot – eat a little more green, cycle and walk a little more often, opting first for a train and bus are simple measures. The best part is that many measures also give us better health and finances, says Mikael Karlsson, associate professor of environmental science at Uppsala University.

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.

Remembering Berta Cáceres

This International Women’s Day we remembered Berta Cáceres, Indigenous leader and environmental defender from the Lenca people of Honduras. Berta’s murder on March 2nd 2016 was directly associated with her campaign in the defence of the Gualcarque river, the site of a proposed dam in Lenca territory.

In her first public event as Zennström Professor Stefania held a conversation with Berta’s daughter, Bertha Zuñiga, in order to understand how her work lives on and the continued struggle for justice in the region. We were very grateful to Bertha for taking the time to speak to us so openly.

Many thanks also go to Grettel Navas, Azucena Moran and Katia Lara for their support with this event.

Watch the video from the webinar. The video is a mixture of Spanish and English.

You can also read the English and Spanish transcripts here. Thank you to María Florencia Langa for transcription and translation.

Photo : Goldman Environmental Prize (2015) 

This tragedy of Berta’s murder is not in isolation. In 2019 alone, it is estimated that over 200 environmental defenders were killed as a consequence of their commitment to protect the environment and indigenous lands. Indigenous leaders and Indigenous women leaders in particular have been at the forefront of this struggle. How can we make sense of the violence against these earth defenders in a time when their work is all the more relevant to climate and ecological politics? What can we learn, from their stories, about the post-carbon transition?

The following materials are also recommended to learn more about environmental defenders and their critical leadership.
https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/…/case-history-berta…
https://www.globalwitness.org/…/environmental-activists/
https://www.versobooks.com/…/3180-who-killed-berta-caceres

You can also follow the conversation and demand for justice at #JusticeForBerta and #5AñosJuntoABerta.

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.

Barrineau, Susanna; Ishihara, Sachiko; Stoddard, Isak; Anderson, Lakin; Facer, Keri (2021) What could sustainable academic cultures be? – A travelling conversation. Uppsala: Cefo Publication Series Number 3.

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

These courses give a broad orientation of theories and concepts within the emerging climate change leadership field focusing on how to engender a rapid social transition to zero emissions. The main focus lies on analysing how theories and concepts of climate change leadership, stemming from political and social sciences, systems thinking, governance theory and societal planning can be used to understand and shape transitions.


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

Matilda Andersson, Dept. Ecology and Genetics, CEFO Coordinator

Lakin Anderson, Dept. Business Studies

Elin, Boyer, Department of Law and Uppsala Religion and Society Research Centre

Fouad El Gohary, Dept. Civil and Industrial Engineering

Lovisa Eriksdottir, Dept. Business Studies

Helena Fornstedt, Dept. Civil and Industrial Engineering

Rebekkah Hammar, Department of Pharmacy, Drug Delivery

Sachiko Ishihara, Dept. Social and Economic Geography

Venugopal Reddy Thandlam, Dept. Earth Sciences

Holly Jayne Redman, Dept. Chemistry – Ångstrom Laboratory

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

Fatemeh Johardi, Dept. Civil and Industrial Engineering

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 Ph.D. student see the affiliation agreement and contact the coordinator (Matilda) at matilda.andersson@ebc.uu.se. If you are a master student or researcher we would be happy to include you in our group as a non-affiliated member. The more the merrier!

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


CEFO Schedule

Fall 2021 Schedule – Will be updated shortly

The interdisciplinary seminar takes place Tuesdays 10:15-12:00 twice per month during term time via zoom or/and in the Baltic Library, at the Department of Earth Sciences,  Villavägen 16. The first and last seminar each term includes planning discussions where PhD-students and researchers suggest future activities. The seminar is hosted by affiliated CEFO Members and supported by CEMUS, NRHU and the Climate Change Leadership Node at Uppsala University.

TimeTitleLocation
September 14thOpening Meeting for semester
Affiliates and participants
EBC – hus 7 – room 1100
Zoom: https://uu-se.zoom.us/j/68681779591
September 28thTBDEBC – hus 7 – room 1100
Zoom: https://uu-se.zoom.us/j/68681779591
October 12thTBDBaltic Sea Library – Geocentrum
Zoom: https://uu-se.zoom.us/j/68681779591
October 26thTBDEBC – hus 7 – room 1100
Zoom: https://uu-se.zoom.us/j/68681779591
November 9thKinge Gardien– Circular designBaltic Sea Library – Geocentrum
Zoom: https://uu-se.zoom.us/j/68681779591
November 23rdTBD Baltic Sea Library – Geocentrum
Zoom: https://uu-se.zoom.us/j/68681779591
December 7thMaarten Deleye – Higher education and sustainability.
A topic modelling discourse analysis of academic discourses.
Baltic Sea Library – Geocentrum
Zoom: https://uu-se.zoom.us/j/68681779591

Schedules from previous semesters are available here

About CEFO

Who We Are

The CEMUS Research Forum is a transdisciplinary research forum open to researchers and PhD-students at Uppsala University, SLU and other universities in Sweden. CEFO activities focus on environment, development and sustainability studies. We collaborate with other universities and departments to enrich research education through our transdisciplinary Sustainability Seminars, PhD courses, workshops, lectures and field trips. CEFO was initiated by PhD-students, staff and students at CEMUS in 2002 as a research school between Uppsala University and Swedish Agricultural University (SLU).

CEFO is mainly driven by PhD students from across Uppsala University, along with senior faculty support. Our affiliated members and other participants are from diverse departments and disciplines, bringing multiple perspectives to the discussions. We encourage conversations framed by problem, not by discipline.

What We Do

Twice per month we host a research seminar series featuring talks and workshops from CEFO members and invited speakers. We run skills workshops and organize field trips. We also initiate and run student-driven PhD courses in collaboration with faculty and offer opportunities for getting feedback for your research from a wider audience. We welcome new members from all departments who hope to broaden their horizons. Seminars, workshops and events are open to any interested PhD students, researchers, master’s students and interested public.

Below you find an introductory movie:

Sound interesting?

Check the schedule for our activities, you are of course welcome to join them. In addition to that, we would be happy to send you invites to our activities, if you are interested in that please send an e-mail to our coordinator helena.fornstedt@angstrom.uu.se.

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

Supported by

Uppsala University Climate Change Leadership Node and NRHU Natural Resources and Sustainable Development Programme

CEMUS Centre for Environment and Development Studies, an interdisciplinary center for education, outreach, and research at Uppsala University and Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU).

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