The Ekoln Letter: A conversation about universities in the era of climate change
New Posts , Universities / 23 March 2021

In May 2020 the plan had been to bring together at Lake Ekoln in Sweden, a group of people who are all, in their own way, interested in the question of how we might rethink universities in the era of climate change. Some were professors working in universities, some were leading activists, some were doctoral students exploring the frontiers of new thinking, some were artists and facilitators of public conversations; some see themselves as educators others as climate researchers and others resist definition. We had hoped to go deep into the questions of what a university is, could be, can’t be and should be in a world of profound ecological harm and inequality.  And then we know what happened next. The pandemic hit, borders were closed, and we were left, like the rest of the world, to work out what to do instead. In place of a three day conversation that had been intended to be as slow, as embodied and as reflective as possible to allow us to really learn from each other, we met online to speak in the strange flat world of the video conference. For none of us was this enough, and so the project you…

New Research: ‘climate progressive’ nations fall far short of Paris-compliant pathways
Carbon budgets , New Posts / 9 June 2020

A new paper by Professor Kevin Anderson and NRHU doctoral student Isak Stoddard reviews the mitigation plans of “climate progressive” nations, Sweden and the UK, and compares them with Paris-compliant pathways, and is now published in Climate Policy. The piece is written together with a colleague from Manchester, John Broderick. You can read the full article here:  A factor of two: how the mitigation plans of ‘climate progressive’ nations fall far short of Paris-compliant pathways Swedish press release from Uppsala University can be read here:  Sveriges klimatmål långt ifrån tillräckliga för att klara Parisavtalet And a longer news piece/interview here. You can even read a slightly more polemic piece in the Ecologist which expands a bit on the results of the analysis and is available here:  Beyond a climate of comfortable ignorance  For more information contact:Isak Stoddard vid institutionen för geovetenskaper, Uppsala universitetTel: 070-3147236E-post: Kevin Anderson vid institutionen för geovetenskaper, Uppsala universitetTel: +44 797 314 1376E-post:

Transforming Public Education in a time of COVID-19
Keri Facer , New Posts , Universities / 5 May 2020

Follow this new network ‘Transforming Education for Sustainable Futures’ with which Zennström Professor Keri Facer is involved! Keep an eye out for postings soon about transformative public education in context of CV-19.  Here is the first briefing paper on The Case for Transformative Public Education with leading contribution from Professor Facer. This paper focuses on responding to COVID-19 now while addressing long-term underlying inequalities.

Keri Facer: Reconnecting the civic university with the climate agenda

Blog post by Zennström Professor Keri Facer on the Higher Education Policy Institute addressing the UPP Foundation Civic University Commission’s recent report on how universities can successfully serve in the 21st century. Climate change was a glaring omission in this report, as Keri writes. Read post here:

Do you want to influence the sustainable development of UU’s physical milieu?
New Posts , Universities / 21 January 2020

Welcome to an open workshop organised by CEFO! On the 18th of Feb at 10.00 sharp, staff and students of UU are very welcome to a workshop about the UU development plan 2050. In this workshop we will work together in order to give input to the sustainability aspects of Uppsala University’s development plan. The output from the workshop will be treated as a submission for comment (sv: remiss-svar) by the development plan’s project team. For more information see attached flyer and the sustainability part of the ‘remiss-version’ of the plan (or you can find the entire plan here). When:              18th February 2020 Where:             CEMUS Library, (Villavägen 16, Earth Sciences Dept.) Time:               10.00 (sharp) – 12.00 Registration: Arranged by:    Cemus research forum

Report: Internationalisation and Sustainability at Universities

The report below provides a brief overview of some of our work in the Zennström Climate Change Leadership Initiative exploring the relationship between internationalisation and sustainability agendas in the contemporary university. It reports on a short programme of desk research by the team and a workshop bringing together university leadership, students, faculty and administrative staff. It identifies key tensions, possibilities, and routes towards achieving more sustainable internationalisation strategies in universities. The report has been compiled rapidly to respond to current debates and is intended as the basis for wider discussion. We are keen to hear from colleagues elsewhere to help develop these ideas further.  

Apply to join the student COP25 delegation
Okategoriserade / 2 October 2019

The 2019 UN Climate Change Conference will take place 2-13 December in Santiago, Chile. We are now calling upon engaged and motivated students in Uppsala to apply to join the delegation as Uppsala University’s representatives at the negotiations.

Sustainability & Internationalisation Agendas in the University: How can they support each other?
Keri Facer , Universities / 17 September 2019

Do you have ideas on how Uppsala University can be international and sustainable? This workshop will be an open exploratory space for staff and students at Uppsala University that aims to understand the underlying drivers and desires for both internationalisation and sustainability, the potential sites of complementarity, and the possibility of Uppsala taking a lead in developing new and innovative practices of sustainable internationalisation.  This workshop will be curated by the current Zennström Professor of Climate Change Leadership at Uppsala University, that will aim to understand the underlying drivers and desires for both internationalisation and sustainability, the potential sites of complementarity, and the possibility of Uppsala taking a lead in developing new and innovative practices of sustainable internationalisation. The outcome of the workshop will inform both sustainability and internationalisation strategies for the university. Both students and staff welcome! Join us on October 28, kl 12-16:30 at Kollaboratoriet, Östra Ågatan 19. Lunch will be served. Participation limited to 40 participants. Staff and students of Uppsala University only.  Click here to register. Do you have examples of how other universities are already working on these issues? Tweet to @CCLUPPSALA or email Sanna Barrineau.

Almedalsveckan July 2019
Keri Facer / 3 July 2019

Climate Change Leadership’s Zennström Professor, Keri Facer, engaged in Almedalsveckan 2019. Watch the seminars below. July 3, 2019: Climate vision – what is the role of universities in combating climate change? How can universities be a driving force in the fight against climate change? What expectations can placed on scientists, researchers and teachers and how do we involve students? July 1, 2019: Climate change leadership – perspectives from science, industry and politics Climate change is a scientific, economic and political challenge. Which leadership strategies are needed to tackle and minimize climate change? How can science, industry and politics co-operate in climate leadership and how can we develop an effective climate change leadership? July 1, 2019: Universitetens roll för en hållbar värld – omvärldens förväntningar Universitetens viktigaste bidrag till en hållbar värld går via forskning, utbildning och samverkan – men hur ska detta ske på bästa sätt? Vad finns det för förväntningar från omvärlden på universitetens insatser och vilka typer av aktiviteter ger bäst resultat?

Bonn SB50, June 2019
Okategoriserade / 29 June 2019

“Science is not negotiable, another world is possible” By Sanna Barrineau 25 June, 2019. It’s 37 degrees celsius in Bonn, Germany at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and it’s the second week of one of the largest climate change conferences in the world during an unprecedented European heatwave.  Representatives of the UNFCCC blithely encourage conference participants to abandon their suits and ties so as to avoid the old-school style of keeling over due to heat exhaustion. Interventions by youth and climate justice groups offer dark contrasts to this relaxed humour in the form of die-ins, songs, and impassioned speeches. From my vantage point of observer, the phrase climate justice emerged in every room, yet was noticeably, albeit unsurprisingly, absent in the outcomes of the negotiations.  If one was determined to create the most just, fair, equal, and true-to-science global climate change regulation in history, one would be hard put to find a place with more qualified people in the room, brimming with passion and intent. While parties are busy negotiating behind closed doors, scientists and civil society groups create a rich series of side events, informative and supportive spaces for participants. The overall effectiveness of these…