Transitions to Low Carbon Living

Author: lailamendy (Page 1 of 3)

Uppsala University Campus Garden

Two students from Uppsala University have been granted growing space on the campus. They are encouraging all growers – old or new, staff, student of Uppsalabo – to come and join in with them. CCL is happy to support their activities in the coming years.

For more information, follow them on facebook

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.

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

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
Helena Fornstedt, 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 Schedule

Spring 2021 Schedule

The interdisciplinary seminar takes place Tuesdays 10:15-12:00 twice per month during term time in 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
Tuesday,   Jan 26 10:15-12Constitutional Meeting
– Affiliates and participants
 Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 588 340 2135
Tuesday,   Feb 9 10:15-12Workshop: The Future for CEFO

A workshop where we talk about what we want CEFO to be in the future. Anneli Ekblom as well as Laila and Isabel from CCL will join us in this.
 Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 588 340 2135
Tuesday,   Feb 23 10:15-12Seminar: “Sustainability: past, present, and future”

The PhD candidates; Pascoal João Gota, Anselmo Matusse  and  Vincenza Ferrara will present their ongoing or upcoming studies of the past and the present which might help find solutions for the future.
Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 588 340 2135
Tuesday,   March 9 10:15-12TBD 
Tuesday,   March 23 10:15-12TBD – Activity combined with walk in Stadsskogen 
Tuesday,   April 6 10:15-12TBD – Possible merged with a session in the course Climate Change Leadership- strategies and actors for change 
Tuesday, April 20   10:15 -12TBD – Possible merged with a session in the course Climate Change Leadership- strategies and actors for change 
Tuesday, May 4   10:15 -12TBD – Possible merged with a session in the course Climate Change Leadership- strategies and actors for change 
Tuesday, May 18   10:15 -12.00TBD – Possible merged with a session in the course Climate Change Leadership- strategies and actors for change 
Tuesday, June 1 10:15 -12.00Constitutional meeting – election of new coordinatorZoom Meeting Meeting ID: 588 340 2135

Fall 2020 Schedule

The interdisciplinary seminar takes place Tuesdays 10:15-12:00 twice per month during term time in via zoom or/and in the Baltic Library, at the Department of Earth Sciences,  Villavägen 16. We end at 12.00 and go on to eat lunch together. 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
Tuesday,   Aug 25 10:15-12Opening Meeting for semester – Affiliates and participantsZoom meeting
Tuesday,   Sep 8 15:15-17Afternoon Outdoor fika – CEFO, CEMUS and CCL We will provide coffee/tea and a cookie as well as some (social distanced) facilitated activities. Download a PDF with more info here Please sign up here before the 4th of Sep, so we know how much fika to orderThe entrance of Blåsenhus facing the Botanical Garden. A fika trolley will be placed outside, We will grab fika and then walk together to a nearby lawn (probably this one). Bring a thermos cup if you have one!  
Tuesday,   Sep 22 10:15-12Workshop/Seminar “(Escape) games for environmental communication and education: theoretical, practice-based and experimental perspectives” Emmy Pater introduces us to her work on developing an escape game for environmental communication and education. Then she let us try some digital puzzles that are cooperative, creative, interactive and sustainability-themed. We end it all with a discussion. You can find more infoabout her the game here Emmy Pater, teaching assistant at Department of Earth Sciences, Centre for Environment and Development Studies (CEMUS) (Bregje van Veelen reschedule to the 17th of Nov)Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 630 2409 8501 Join via this link
Tuesday,   Oct 6 10:15-12Research Seminar   “Urban building energy modeling of future cities” Addressing the complexity of climate change, local governments and municipalities require a systematic approach that identifies problems, formulates possible strategies, and evaluates resulting benefits. In this context, urban planning and in particular, urban energy planning seems like a pivotal approach that can be moved to the forefront of the transition to sustainability and carbon neutrality. Urban energy planning is an inclusive concept that targets many individual components of urban energy systems contributing to the interactive process of using and producing energy. With buildings being one of the most energy-intensive components of the urban energy system, opportunities for accelerated transformation towards sustainability are enormous only if best-practices in energy efficiency and integrated renewable energy technologies in buildings are efficiently used. However, in order to plan for more resource-efficient buildings, understanding of flows of energy in buildings and synergies between buildings and the other components of urban energy systems is crucial. Bottom-up engineering-based models of energy use in buildings, refer to as “urban building energy model (UBEM)”, is a new concept that has been flourished during the last two decades. The UBEMs are analytical tools that highlight patterns of energy use in buildings and give an insight into urban energy system behavior.  Using a broader definition, the UBEMs reflect on utilization as well as generation of energy and provide an estimation of sptio-temporal information of energy over the whole city. These models are also capable of designing and investigating new and existing systems which makes them an attractive tool for city planners and policymakers in the analysis of existing as well as new districts in cities. Overall, the extent and applicability of UBEMs, motivates the need and growing trend for development of such models to evolve towards sustainability and energy efficiency in cities Fatemeh Johari PhD Candidate at Department of Civil and Industrial Engineering, Civil Engineering and Built EnvironmentZoom Meeting Meeting ID: 686 9047 1755 Join via this link
Tuesday,   Oct 20 10:15-12Research Seminar
  “Low carbon energy narratives and futures in Africa: Dissonant times?” It is widely recognized that energy production and use is both a key reflection of the socio-economic landscape as well as a major driver of the climate challenge.  Africa finds itself at the heart of a momentous global energy and climate conversation. The energy and development reality across the region evokes deep emotions about the importance of doing something about the scandal of energy poverty.  As if this was not complex enough, there is a call for the region to chart out a new and responsible energy pathway: one that does not impact on the global climate system.  To this end, numerous real world experiments are taking place across Africa on various ‘energy futures’ to simultaneously unlock local (and national) energy potentials and deal with major global challenges. What is also emerging is how ideas around the ‘energy-climate challenge’ play out is highly dependent on the multi-level political context and dynamics, and is thus deeply influenced by competing framings and narratives.  These dominant and competing accounts, in turn, interact to shape the specific interventions and policies.  This presentation/discussion will explore the dominant narratives that are shaping the African energy landscape, how these narratives are constructed and mobilized, and discuss ways to open alternative and energy possibilities that protect the wellbeing of poor communities and their climate.  The talk will also sketch out the research and policy opportunities in this area. Yacob Mulugetta Professor of Energy and Development Policy, Department of Science, Technology, Engineering & Public Policy, University College London
Baltic Library Room, NRHU, Earth Sciences Department Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 610 7138 4789 Join via this link
Tuesday,   Nov 3 10:15-12Research Seminar   “A Green New Deal beyond growth” The emerging political discourse of the Green New Deal postulates the need for an active role of the State in the economy to drive the ecological transition by deploying the power of public investment and coordination. However, a truly transformative Green New Deal must also move beyond the ‘growth paradigm’ by decreasing energy and material use in affluent countries, decommodifying the basic necessities of life, and democratizing economic production. Riccardo Mastini PhD Candidate at Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (ICTA), Autonomous University of Barcelona. Riccardo is a policy advisor for the international campaign Green New Deal for Europe. He is a member of the academic collective Research & Degrowth and of the international network Wellbeing Economy Alliance. You can follow him on Twitter and Facebook.Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 611 2910 1298 Join via this link
Tuesday, Nov 17   10:15 -12Research Seminar “New frontiers of climate governance: imagining the modern timber city” Climate governance must be a project of not only regulatory undertaking, but also of deep-rooted societal and spatial (re)imagination. But how do we re-imagine our world, who is involved, and what is left out? In this presentation, I explore these questions in relation to a still underexplored front of climate action: proposals for a revolution in low-carbon materials, that seek to establish a 21st century bio-economy. Specifically, I will do this through the emergent imaginary of the ‘plyscraper’, which put timber skyscrapers at the heart of the vision for low-carbon living of the future. While the use of wood in construction has long been practiced (as evidenced by the red timber houses that dot the Swedish country side), what makes the new timber imaginary different is that it positions itself as distinctly urban and modern. But how ‘green’ is it? How does the imaginary establish timber’s green qualities and with what effect? By exploring the jostling involved in bringing this imaginary into being, I consider a number of yet unresolved issues around establishing the green/low-carbon qualities of this new frontier of climate action, and the broader implications for climate governance Bregje van Veelen Researcher at Department of Earth Sciences, Natural Resources and Sustainable DevelopmentBaltic Library Room, NRHU, Earth Sciences Departmen Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 685 8941 8794 Join via this link
Tuesday, Dec 1   10:15 -12Research Seminar “The good life is in the rural? Moving to the countryside in post-growth Japan” What is a good life? What role does place play in this? This seminar discusses initial results on why people move to rural areas and how they experience this lifestyle, based on ethnographic fieldwork in Yakushima, an island in western Japan. Do these stories express new notions of a good life, something that’s not based on economic and material prosperity? Sachiko Ishihara PhD Candidate at Department of Social and Economic GeographyBaltic Library Room, NRHU, Earth Sciences Departmen Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 641 7817 4670 Join via this link
Tuesday, Dec 15   10:15 -12.00Research Seminar   “Rivers in the sky – key features for understanding extreme
hydrometeorological events”
 Atmospheric rivers are long narrow bands of large integrated water vapor transport in the troposphere. At land fall they are usually associated with extreme conditions in terms of wind and precipitation. In recent years there has been a growing interest in atmospheric rivers, concerning their regional impacts on water availability, the modulation by climate variability and their representation in weather and forecast models. Air-sea processes are major modulators by two aspects of describing and understanding atmospheric rivers, (i) in the source area over the large oceans and by (ii) coastal processes at land fall. When atmospheric rivers land fall they interact with coastal processes, uplift of the moisture-rich air in the atmospheric rivers over the land (mountains) and the dynamics of the largescale flow. These
features frequently act to generate high precipitation totals and extreme wind conditions Venugopal Reddy Thandlam, PhD Candidate at Department of Earth Sciences
Baltic Library Room, NRHU, Earth Sciences Department Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 682 7370 6018 Join via this link

Spring 2020 Schedule

TimeTitleLocation
Tuesday, Feb 4 10:15-12Opening Meeting for semester – Affiliates and participantsBaltic Library Room, NRHU, Earth Sciences Department
Tuesday,   Feb 18 10:15-12Open Workshop Hosted by CEFO –   Critical sustainability input for Uppsala University’s development of their ‘Vision 2050’ plan. Conveners, Helena Fornstedt and Lakin Anderson. In Collaboration with Official Project Group for UU  Vision. FB event: https://www.facebook.com/events/182438952821404/CEMUS Library
Tuesday,   Mar 3 10:15-12Research Seminar   Isak Stoddard, Phd Student and Researcher, Natural Resources and Sustainable Development, Climate Change Leadership Node,Uppsala University “A factor of two: how the mitigation plans of ‘climate progressive nations’ fall far short of Paris-compliant pathways”Baltic Library Room, NRHU, Earth Sciences Department
Tuesday,   Mar 17 10:15-12Research Seminar   Sven Widmalm, Professor at Dept. History of Science and Ideas, Uppsala University “Interdisciplinarity: historical reflections and  reflexions on contemporary policy”
 
Zoom Meeting (Link via email)
Tuesday,   April 7 10:15-12Research Seminar [CANCELLED]
  Foad El Gohary, PhD Student and Researcher, Industrial Technology and Management, Dept. Engineering Sciences, Uppsala University “Demand side management in the electricity sector”
Zoom Meeting (Link via email)
Tuesday,   April 21 10:15-12Research Seminar   Jennifer Hinton Stockholm Resilience Center “Profit-Orientation and Post-Growth Economies: Connecting the Dots”  Zoom Meeting (Link via email)
Tuesday, May 5   10:15 -12Seminar: Cross-Disciplinary Concept Sharing CEFO Affiliates, Members and ParticipantsZoom Meeting (Link via email)
Tuesday, May 19   10:15 -12Artistic / Research Seminar Helena Fonstedt, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och industriell teknik, Uppsala University ‘”Building climate transition narratives through sequential arts”  Zoom meeting (Link via email)  
Tuesday, June 2   10:15 -13:30Final Research Seminar (Guest TBC)   + Affiliates meeting lunch. Constitutional voting and planning for next semester., New Coordinator selection.Baltic Library Room, NRHU, Earth Sciences Department

Autumn 2019 Seminar and Workshop Schedule

lakin.anderson@fek.uu.se to be placed on our mailing list

TimeTitleLocation
Sep 10   10:15-12Autumn start-up meeting, Welcome!   Discussion of plans and activities for CEFO group, new affiliated PhD students signing on.Baltic Library, NRHU, Earth Sciences Department
Sep 24 10:15-12Derk Loorbach   Research Seminar Director of DRIFT and Professor of Socio-economic Transitions at the Faculty of Social Science, both at Erasmus University Rotterdam. Derk is one of the founders of the transition management approach as new form of governance for sustainable development.Baltic Library, NRHU, Earth Sciences Department
Oct 8   10:15-12Affiliates and Participants   CEFO Meeting Concrete projects, CEFO guidelines and statutes, various proposed activities, updates on CCL course.Baltic Library, NRHU, Earth Sciences Department
Oct 22   10:15-12Klas Palm   Seminar and Discussion Coordinator of Uppsala University Sustainability Initiatives will talk about what they are doing for sustainability research at UU, and how it is being envisioned, structured, funded, etc.Baltic Library, NRHU, Earth Sciences Department
Nov 12   10:15-12Keri Facer   Workshop (Theme TBA) Keri Facer, Zennström Professor in Climate Change Leadership at Uppsala University, Prof. of Educational and Social Futures at Uni of Bristol , UK ‘Values in Academia’ Skills workshop for young scholars interested in sustainable development and crossing disciplinary boundariesKollaboratoriet, Östra Ågatan
Nov 26 10:15-12CEFO Seminar, projects meeting, and spring planning   Incl. Short Presentation from Climate Existance Conference organisersBaltic Library, NRHU, Earth Sciences Department
   
Dec 10   10:15 -12Interdisciplinary PhD Seminar, double talk!   1.Holly Jayne Redman, Depart. of Chemistry. Building Hydrogenase Mimics as Potential Sources of Hydrogen as an Energy Carrier 2. Tobias Olofsson, Dept. Sociology Turning Rocks Into Money – Predictions and Uncertain Futures in Swedish Mineral ExplorationBaltic Library, NRHU, Earth Sciences Department
   

About CEFO

Who We Are

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:

Sounds 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 and contact the coordinator (Helena). 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!

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).

« Older posts