This is a set of quick links to some of our work on Universities, Schools, Education and Climate Change.

Universities and Climate Change

Zennström Professor Keri Facer has written a report on Higher Education in the era of Climate Change, published by the Higher Education Policy Institute. This report argues for radically restructuring education and universities in response to the challenges of climate change. Read more in the download link:

Zennström Professor Keri Facer’s Inaugural Lecture discussed the futures of the European University in face of a changing climate.

Watch Professor Keri Facer’s lecture: Learning to Live with a Lively Planet

For more content discussing different aspects of this question, please explore the links below.

Reports and written reflections

  • A report from the Initiative on Internationalisation and Sustainability – is it possible to square these two agendas? Read more here.
  • What are the links between climate change and civic university agendas? A short post for the UK’s Higher Education Policy Institute
  • University Innovation Agendas – AIM Days and climate change – a reflection from Laila Mendy.

Lectures and talks

Professor Facer gives the keynote lecture to International Association of Universities 2019 Conference in Mexico, discussing the Transformation of Universities for the Future
Professor Keri Facer contributes towards a panel discussion at KTH after a lecture by Richard Florida

A public debate on universities and climate change – at Almedalen, with Professor Keri Facer, the Minister for Higher Education Matilda Ernkrans, Uppsala University Vice Chancellor Professor Eva Åkesson and the lead for Sweden’s Environment agenda, Dr Emma Nohrén.

A public debate on the role of science, industry and government in addressing climate change.

In Swedish – Universitetens roll för en hållbar värld – a public debate at Almedalen with Uppsala universitet, SLU, Karolinska institutet, Stockholms universitet, Handelshögskolan i Stockholm, KTH

What sort of knowledge do we need to think about long term futures? Science and Futures in Government. A talk by Dr Claire Craig.

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.


Education and Climate Change

A report from the Transforming Education for Sustainable Futures programme, led by Professor Keri Facer, which makes recommendations on Education and Climate Change

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.

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


Popular and Public Education

A report on the important role of transformative public education – public, dialogic, collaborative, transgressive – in addressing Covid-19, with implications also for climate change.

A reflection on a Legacy 17 workshop – a popular education strategy for addressing questions of sustainability.


Leading activity within Uppsala University

We have been working over the last year with the 2050 plan for the University Campus, supporting long term thinking about the link between climate change and university campuses. This includes events and consultation workshops.

Past Events

March 17TUK 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 5Sustainability Talk with Professor Keri Facer on Campus Gotland. Open to the public.

Nov 23A Council of All BeingsHur 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 1Learning 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 29Explore & 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. 


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.Report: Internationalisation and SustainabilityDownload

Transforming Universities for the Future keynote lecture by Keri Facer at the International Association of Universities Conference. December 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 futurethe 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.
Sustainability Talk on Campus Gotland, Uppsala University by Keri Facer. Building a University for the Common Good. March 2019