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…

The Campus Garden
New Posts , Universities / 16 December 2020

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.

2018 – 2020: What have we been up to?
Keri Facer , New Posts , Universities / 10 December 2020

I denna rapport sammanfattar vi aktiviteterna under perioden 2018 – 2020 med professor Keri Facer, den tredje Zennström professorn i klimatledarskap vid Uppsala universitet. Denna rapport är skriven på engelska.

In this report we summarise the activities of professor Keri Facer, the third Zennström professor of Climate Change Leadership at Uppsala University. This report is written in English.

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: https://www.hepi.ac.uk/2020/03/04/reconnecting-the-civic-university-with-the-climate-agenda-thinking-globally-acting-locally/

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:    https://forms.gle/5Y2xd6sooXreS3qD9 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.  

Universities and the SDGs? Beyond cherry-picking to coherent, cross-institutional action
Keri Facer , Talks , Universities / 9 December 2019

This is a link to the video Keri made for her Nov 14th Keynote to the Transforming Higher Education for the Future (IAU) Conference in Puebla, Mexico. Based on her longer inaugural lecture (see below) she talks about how the interdependence of the SDGs requires universities to come up with new cross-institutional responses, and makes some proposals for what these might be.

AIM Day and Climate Change
Cities , New Posts , Universities / 13 November 2019

AIM Day: Hållbara Städer. A reflection on the day where institutions and business gathered to discuss tricky questions, but struggled to consider impacts of climate change in their thinking.