CEFO – a research forum for PhD students

6 May 2019
Who We Are

The Center for Environment and Development Studies Research Forum (CEFO) is a transdisciplinary research forum open to researchers and Ph.D. 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, Ph.D. courses, workshops, lectures, and field trips. CEFO was initiated by Ph.D. 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 Ph.D. 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 Ph.D. 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 Ph.D. students, researchers, master’s students, and the interested public.

Sounds interesting?

Below you find a 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 recruitment coordinator – narrowcenter@tutanota.com

To become a formally affiliated Ph.D. student see the affiliation agreement and contact the recruitment coordinator (Ryan). 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!


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.

TimeTitle and speakerLocation (zoom link to come)
January 25thFouad El Gohary & Isak Öhrlund: Demand Response – Why people do/don’t respond to price signals in the electricity marketBaltic Sea Library – Geocentrum
February 8thLaila Mendy: Incumbent-oriented intermediaries and Societal TransformationBaltic Sea Library – Geocentrum
February 22ndPascoal Gota: Our history does not exist in the books – Forest patches framing new identities for heritage conservationBaltic Sea Library – Geocentrum
March 8thHedda Susanne Molland: Catching the future – How imagination shapes policies on climate action

Baltic Sea Library – Geocentrum
March 22ndDavid Langlet: The Role of the EU in the Regulation of Baltic Sea FisheriesBaltic Sea Library – Geocentrum
April 5thTimo Maran: Ecosemiotics – Towards an ecosemiotic understanding of ecoculturesBaltic Sea Library – Geocentrum
April 12thJens Ergon: Elements of a post-Polanyian Framework – Analyzing Conditions for a Green TransformationBaltic Sea Library – Geocentrum
May 3rdMahmut Agbaht – EcolinguisticsBaltic Sea Library – Geocentrum
May 17thAzril Bacal – Transformative Research and Higher EducationBaltic Sea Library – Geocentrum
May 31stSebastian Sobek: The Carbon footprint of hydropowerBaltic Sea Library – Geocentrum

Below you find an introductory movie:

Supported by

Uppsala University Climate Change Leadership Node and NRHU Natural Resources and Sustainable Development Programme, and CEMUS, the Centre for Environment and Development Studies, an interdisciplinary centre for education, outreach, and research at Uppsala University and Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU).

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