Transitions to Low Carbon Living

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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

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 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.

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.

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

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: 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 to be placed on our mailing list

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

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).

Connect with us

Find ways to get involved with Climate Change Leadership whether you are a PhD Student, interested in Carbon Budgets, interested in City Futures, interested in Universities, are a student looking for a thesis topic or joining the COP delegation. We work together with a variety of societal, political and academic actors and have many opportunities for students, researchers and the public to get involved.

Past Events

June 1: CEMUS Past, Present & Futures Unconference, in collaboration with CEMUS and CEMFOR. Invitation to contribute and participate for past and present CEMUS students, guests, and staff and an especially warm welcome to all interested in discussing the future of higher education in relation to sustainability and climate change, particularly from more-than-human perspectives.

May 14-16: Climate Existence ConferenceAre we now in the tunnel at the end of the light? Hosted by CEMUS and the Sigtuna Foundation. Registration open until May 1.

March 17: TUK 2020 Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy, organised by the Faculty of Science and Technology at Uppsala University. Keynote lecture by Keri Facer on Rethinking Education in the Era of Climate Change. This talk will focus in on the role of teachers, the question of intergenerational trust and the strategies that might be developed for embodied, intelligent and wise education under these conditions.

Feb 3-6: Open Conversations on the Potential for New Teaching on Sustainability at Campus Gotland, in collaboration with the Campus Gotland Education for Sustainable Development Learning Lab. Open to staff and students on Campus Gotland.

Feb 5: Sustainability Talk with Professor Keri Facer on Campus Gotland. Open to the public.

Nov 23: A Council of All Beings, Hur kan man leva tillsammans med Fyrisån? in collaboration with Uppsala Art Museum and Ateljéföreningen, Hospitalet. En konstnärlig och experimentell workshop som erkänner naturens rättigheter genom att ge röst åt Fyrisåns olika varelser. Lett av Pella Thiel och Henrik Hallgren, ledare i rörelsen Naturens rättigheter i Sverige. Pella Thiel har utnämnts till WWF:s “Årets miljöhjälte” 2019.

Nov 4-5: Konferens – Två år med koldioxidbudgetar. En konferens om koldioxidbudgetar och snabb omställning.

Oct 28Sustainability & Internationalisation Agendas in the University: How can they support each other?. An exploratory workshop for university students and staff.

Oct 4: Challenges of the Anthropocene. Another Development Foundation Talk. 2019 Invitation ADF Talk October 4th in Uppsala with Will Steffen and Keri Facer.

Oct 1: Learning to Live with a Lively Planet: the renewal of the university’s mission in the era of climate change. Inaugural lecture by Professor Keri Facer. Open to the public.

Sept 29: Explore & Reimagine Bio-relations in Uppsala, in collaboration with Uppsala Art Museum’s exhibition The Non-Human Animal and researchers at Uppsala University and SLU. Open to the public. 

Exploring biodiversity in Uppsala. An open event in collaboration with Uppsala Art Museum and the Non-Human Animal Exhibition.
Exploring biodiversity in Uppsala. An open event in collaboration with Uppsala Art Museum and the Non-Human Animal Exhibition.

Here are a few ways you can get involved with the climate change leadership initiative as a researcher, student, or member of the public.

For the Public

Reimagining Climate Change

We meet fortnightly to watch documentaries and read climate fiction, to meet others interested in these topics and to create space for creative exploration of how to respond to the changing cultures of climate change. The meetings will be friendly, informal opportunities for conversation fortnightly on Wednesdays from 6-8; we will either watch a short film together, or read some fiction beforehand so that we have a topic for discussion.

Carbon Budget Reports

The node continues to develop municipal carbon budget reports. Equitably dividing Sweden’s carbon budget in to municipalities, the reports outline the rates at which municipalities must mitigate in order to be in line with the Paris Agreement. If you are interested in commissioning a report for your kommun please contact us. Previous reports are published online and available here.

For Researchers

Our current research interests lie in processes of transitions to low carbon living. Keri Facer and her team are working with the roles of the university and convening publics in face of climate change. We are particularly interested in exploring arts and humanities in climate change questions. Martin Wetterstedt and his team are working on municipal carbon budgets. If you would like us to collaborate or participate in a research project or in applications, we would love to hear from you.

For Students

PhD Research Forum

We are a research forum for PhD students, by PhD students, focused on facilitating interdisciplinary discussions around sustainability and environmental change. Our main activities include running a bi-monthly seminar series featuring talks and workshops from CEFO members and invited speakers. We initiate and run student-led PhD courses and offer opportunities for getting feedback for your research from a wider audience. Seminars, workshops and events are open to any interested PhD students, researchers, masters students and interested public.

Climate Change Leadership PhD course

The course gives 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.

Master’s students

We are interested in connecting with students who want to write their Master’s thesis on a topic relating to the climate change leadership field. We can assist you in finding a relevant supervisor that may have further ideas for possible projects for Master’s students. Please get in contact with us.

COP Student Delegation

Every year, Uppsala University sends a group of students and researchers to the climate negotiations. We will launch a call for applications here. If you are interested in working with student engagement in climate change please visit our resources page or see the networks we support below.

COP23 Delegation

Interesting partners and networks

If you are interested in getting involved with climate change issues in Uppsala, Sweden, and internationally there are many networks and groups who might interest you:

Klimatlätt: Klimatlätt is an initiative working with a variety of partners in academia, government and society who are working to reduce emissions of Uppsala residents.

Climate Justice Platform:We are a student-run initiative connected to the Center of Environment and Development Studies (CEMUS) at Uppsala University, that takes a critical stance on the current sustainable development discourse.

Klimataktion: Klimataktion is a non-partisan civic organisation working for the climate.

Jordensvänner: Jordens Vänner Uppsala is a local division of svenska Jordens Vänner och Friends of the Earth International.

Naturskyddsföreningen: is a non profit, non-partisan environmental conservation organisation.

Wasteless Project: A Student led project that aims to increase awareness about waste generation, sorting and recycling in Uppsala.


Find recorded lectures, podcasts and reports with members of the Climate Change Leadership initiative.

Follow our youtube channel for talks and events with the Climate Change Leadership initiative at Uppsala University. Follow the CEMUS youtube channel for associated talks and events.

Find resources and reports for the Swedish Carbon Budget work here.

Find resources and reports for the work on universities and education here.

Föreläsning: ”Laggards or leaders (bromskloss eller ledare); Paris, 2°C & the role for Sweden” av Kevin Anderson. Den hölls på Hotel Lysekil den 9 mars och publik var människor som hade samlats för att protestera mot Preems utbyggnad av oljeraffinaderiet i Lysekil. Dagen efter deltog Kevin Anderson som vittne i Mark- och miljööverdomstolens förhandlingar om Preems ansökan om utbyggnad. Mars 2020.

Seminarium: Fossilfri välfärd och negativa utsläpp – vision, kollision eller tomma ord? Den 11 februari 2020 samlades forskare och beslutsfattare för att ta sig an dessa två centrala idéer i den aktuella klimatpolitiken: fossilfri välfärd och negativa utsläpp. Isak Stoddard, doktorand hos CCL och NRHU, var med i panel diskussionen.

Report: Internationalisation and Sustainability The report below provides a brief exploration of 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.

Transforming Universities for the Future keynote lecture by Keri Facer at the International Association of Universities Conference. December 2019.

En koldioxidbudget för Umeå: Vår del av Paris avtalet. Med Aaron Tuckey och Martin Wetterstedt. October 2019.

Watch Professor Keri Facer’s inaugural lecture on Renewing the European University’s Mission in a Changing Climate. An early version of the text of this talk is also available here. October 2019.

Universitetens roll för en hållbar värld – omvärldens förväntningar. Almedalen lecture and panel discussion with Keri Facer, Göran Enander, Ingrid Petersson, Matilda Strömberg, Lotta Ljungqvist, and Carl Johan Sundberg. July 2019.

Climate vision – what is the role of universities in combating climate change? Almedalen panel hosted by Keri Facer with Eva Åkesson, Emma Nohrén, and Matilda Ernkrans. July 2019.

Climate change leadership – perspectives from science, industry and politics. Almedalen panel hosted by Keri Facer with Anna Rutgersson, Åsa Wikforss, John Hassler, Klas Palm, and Kristina Persson. July 2019.

Four-part interview with Keri Facer, on the role of the future, the richness of the meanwhile, and desirable futures at the Constructing Social Futures Conference 2019 for Futuuri magazine. June 2019.

Sustainability Talk on Campus Gotland, Uppsala University by Keri Facer. Building a University for the Common Good. March 2019.

Watch a short film: Professor Kevin Anderson on Living within our carbon budget: the role of politics, technology and personal action

A Democracy Now! broadcast with Kevin Anderson: World’s Richest Must Radically Change Lifestyles to Prevent Global Catastrophe. From the United Nations Climate Summit in Katowice, Poland. December 2018.

Sweden’s carbon budget challenge – turning Paris’ aspirations into local climate action Part 1 and Part 2. A lecture and panel discussion with Kevin Anderson, Agneta Green, Anders Wijkman, and Karin Sundby. July 2018.

The Swedish Carbon Cycle 2018 with Kevin Anderson.

From Paris to Sweden: 2° C, integrity, and the climate law, Kevin Anderson talk in Halmstad. June 2018.

ClimateExistence Conference: The Science, Politics and Culture of Climate Change – Beyond a Climate of Fear by Kevin Anderson followed by a dialogue between Vanessa Andreotti, Jens Holm, Anja Fjellgren Walkeapaa and Kevin Anderson, hosted by Sanna Gunnarsson, intervention by Klimatriksdagen. May 2018.

Kevin Anderson on Climate change and the need to change behaviour in the West. Research and the Sustainable Development Goals at the Danish Institute for International Studies. 26 April 2018.

Kevin Anderson on Climate change and economic growth: Can they be managed together? From Klimatriksdagen seminarium. February 6, 2018.

Kort intervju: Kevin Anderson om flygets utsläpp och alternativa fakta. February 2018.

Kevin Anderson: Revealing the naked emperor – Paris, 2° & carbon budgets. Talk at SR and SVT-event, November 2017.

A Democracy Now! broadcast with Kevin Anderson: Our Socio-Economic Paradigm Is Incompatible With Climate Change Objectives. From the United Nations Climate Summit in Bonn, Germany. November 2017.

Quit the loose climate talk and let’s get serious! A talk between Kevin Anderson and Hugh Hunt. Climate Matters show live from COP-23 in Bonn, Germany. November 2017.

Kevin Anderson discusses negative emissions at UNFCCC with Glen Peters, Corinne Le Quéré, and Youba Sokona. November 2017.

Kevin Anderson and Isak Stoddard on Carbon Budget and Pathways to a fossil free future in Järfälla Kommun. October 25, 2017.

Podcast: Transition for beginners – How not to fly with Kevin Anderson, Radio Luftbalett, October 27, 2017.

Leader or Laggard? Reviewing Sweden’s climate and sustainability agenda . A lecture and panel discussion from Almedalen 2017 with Kevin Anderson, Ranjula Bali Swain, Hanna Hansson, and Erik Westholm.

Are universities making the world worse? Education and research in an age of climate change . A panel discussion from Almedalen 2017 with Kevin Anderson, Josefin Wangel Weithz, and Johanna van Schaik Dernfalk.

Sustainable development dilemma – why are facts not enough to convince? A panel discussion with Kevin Anderson, Henrik Hamrén, Maria Osbeck, and Anna Rudels from Almedalen 2017.

Climate Catastrophe or Societal Transition – What is Needed of Politicians and Individuals? An interview with Kevin Anderson and Stigbjörn Ljunggren. Almedalen 2017.

Courage and Climate: An Interview with Kevin Anderson. Interviewed by Paul Campion and Stephen Tuscher, students at the Newman Institute, for Civic Courage in Theory and Practice, a course taught by Brian Palmer. November 2016.

Climate Change: A Parisian Tale of Triumph and Tragedy. Uppsala University Lecture in Climate Change Leadership August 2016 with Kevin Anderson.

Education, Sustainable Development and the Challenges of Climate Change . CEMUS Spring Semester Introduction lecture 2016 with Professor Doreen Stabinsky.

Find external resources linked to people and groups doing inspiring work.

Sister’s Academy develops new art-based research methods to collect data. Based in Denmark.

Emergence Network is a research inquiry into the otherwise via practices that trouble the traditional boundaries of agency and possibility.

Climate and Mind explores the relationship between climate disruption, human behaviour, and human experience.

Bifrost is an environmental humanities intervention on climate change bridging nature and culture, science and art, understanding and action, challenges and solutions.

Gesturing towards decolonial futures is a portfolio of artistic, pedagogical and cartographic experiments that seek to not only imagine but also enact the world differently.

Ecoversities network explores what the university might look like if it were at the service of our diverse ecologies, cultures, economies, spiritualities and Life within our planetary home.

Dark Mountain is a radical project looking for other stories that can help us make sense of a time of disruption and uncertainty.

CEFO The Center for Environment and Development Studies Research Forum

Visons and Values of CEFO

– Created by members during the Gotland Retreat January 2019 –

What CEFO adds to the experience of being a young researcher

  • Meet and connect with PhD students from other departments and disciplines
  • Broaden your perspectives and research
  • To have an insight into how postgraduates operate in different fields other than my own
  • Opportunity for reflexive learning about your own research communication to a wider audience
  • Experience of running PhD courses, workshops and events
  • Chances to learn about how to be constructive to other people’s research
  • Peer-based support on research ideas, writing, skills, courses, and career
  • To learn how to produce a journal and what it means to be on an editorial team
  • Support for the research process – e.g. technical details, how to apply to grants, how research ideas originate, the process of publication
  • Fun! During the ‘urgh’ times in our areas, this environment could play a supportive role

What is our role within the university? What is the university not doing that we are doing?

  • Create meeting places across disciplines and departments
  • To challenge the narrow specialization of disciplines and stress the need for many different perspectives
  • Initiate conversations across boundaries with a focus on environmental/climate change issues
  • Peer-supported feedback on your work in progress from wide perspectives
  • PhD student-led education. Courses developed from needs and perspectives of PhD students. Create and run courses that aren’t limited by a specific discipline.
  • A bottom-up / grassroots network
  • Bring together answers to questions that aren’t raised yet
  • Challenge subject hierarchy and recognize we have different approaches to the same issue

Why does the world need transdisciplinarity / interdisciplinarity? 

  • Because research fields are getting more and more specialized
  • Global, long-lasting decisions need a common ground, i.e. need to be accepted by people from different disciplines
  • Everything on Earth is connected. The world is getting more complex
  • Inter-disciplinary approaches breeds creativity and new innovation – e.g. RADAR
  • To challenge public misconception on highly relevant topics (such as what climate change actually is) through using data expertise from a wide range of disciplines
  • Because not considering other perspectives is how we cause more problems with proposed solutions
  • The thinking that ‘caused’ global challenges might not solve it
  • The thesis is bigger than your department. “Limited by the problem not by the discipline”
  • Translate concerns into shared aims

Our Internal Rules and Procedures Document

CEFO Rules and Procedures as of Spring 2020

What does it mean to be an affiliated PhD student?

Would you like to become an affiliated student or join the e-mail list? 


The Zennström Professors

The Climate Change Leadership Initiative is focused around a 10-year series of visiting professorships. Five internationally recognised Zennström Professors in Climate Change Leadership will work with academics, students, civil society and public and private partners to understand the scale of the civilisational transition needed to mitigate and adapt to climate change, and begin to develop routes towards these transitions.


Dr. Keri Facer, Professor of Educational and Social Futures

Keri Facer is Professor of Educational and Social Futures at the University of Bristol, School of Education. She works on rethinking the relationship between formal educational institutions and wider society and is particularly concerned with the sorts of knowledge that may be needed to address contemporary environmental, economic, social, and technological changes.

Since 2013, Keri has been Leadership Fellow for the RCUK Connected Communities Programme. This research programme is creating new relationships between communities and universities, drawing on arts and humanities perspectives and methods to enable new forms of knowledge production to address urgent contemporary issues.

Keri’s aim is to work across the whole of Uppsala University to explore how universities can build partnerships with local, national, and international communities, how we can develop powerful knowledge, and how we can educate students to enable the massive transitions we need to live well with climate change.



Dr. Kevin Anderson, Professor of Energy and Climate Change

Kevin Anderson is one of the leading climate scientists in the U.K. He is Professor of Energy and Climate Change at the University of Manchester and Deputy Director at the renowned Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research.

Kevin is a well-known and established researcher within climate change science who engages frequently with policy-makers, the private sector, civil society as well as the media. He has pioneered research on carbon budgets and pathways to acceptable mitigation levels. His work on the technical, social and economic interactions involved in the transformation of energy systems and the mitigation and adaptation to climate change, addresses questions at the core of this professorship’s theme.

Kevin is a prominent thinker, writer and communicator who built on and expanded the work of the first visiting professor in Climate Change Leadership, Doreen Stabinsky.



Dr. Doreen Stabinsky, Professor of Global Environmental Politics

Doreen Stabinsky is Professor of Global Environmental Politics at the College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine. Her research, teaching, and writing concern the impacts of climate change, particularly on agriculture and global food security. She also serves as advisor to various governments and international environmental organisations, and has a large international network of collaborators.

Doreen stresses the central role that education must play in addressing the growing challenges of climate change and is known for her ability to strengthen young people’s capacity to contribute to a better world. The fact that the focus of the professorship itself was inspired by, and emerged from a student-led course on Climate Change Leadership at CEMUS, made Doreen a fitting first holder of the Zennström Visiting Professorship.


Zennström Climate Change Leadership

The Zennström Climate Change Leadership Initiative 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. Three 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.

Our current projects largely fall within four areas built upon the research themes of the Chairs of the Zennström professorship. These include:

Our First Three Professors: Keri Facer, Doreen Stabinsky, and Kevin Anderson

The Zennström Climate Change Leadership initiative is part of the research program Natural Resources and Sustainable Development (NRHU) based at the Department of Earth Sciences, Uppsala University.

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 between 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.

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