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“We need climate leadership” – Inaugural lecture by Sverker C. Jagers, visiting Zennström professor

21 November 2022 @ 21 November 2022 - 21 November 2022

Portrait of Sveker C Jagers

In his inaugural lecture, professor Sverker C. Jagers proceeds from the theory of social dilemmas and collective action to explain the origin of climate change and to discuss what is required to avoid this problem. He argues that basically, we are dealing with a gigantic coordination problem and due to the very large scale of the situation, it is not at all likely that contributing actors will change their behavior, neither spontaneously nor voluntarily. Instead, the situation requires active guidance and help; that some take on the role as climate change leaders and either show the possibility of alternative route choices or contribute to necessary coordination through firmer steering. In his lecture, Jagers discusses several potential candidates who can take on this leadership role; scientists, businesses, religious communities, and other members of civil society. As a political scientist by training, he particularly elaborates on the possibilities and obstacles of the political sphere to take on an active climate change leadership role.

The lecture is followed by a panel discussion with invited guests on the subject of implementing climate change leadership in various sectors of society. The audience is encouraged to ask questions.

Panel members

Naghmeh Nasiritousi, Associate Prof in political sciences at Stockholms university
Annika Gottberg, environmental specialist, Svenska kyrkan
Mattias Johansson, Head of Public Affairs, Volvo Cars, former chief of staff at the Ministry of the Environment (C)
Eva Svedling, elected CEO Global Challenge (Global utmaning), former undersecretary of state at the Ministry of the Environment (MP)

Date and time: 21 November 2022, 15:00-16:30 (lecture and panel discussion) and 16.30-17.30 (mingle).
Venue: Sonja Lyttkens sal, House 10, floor 1, New Ångström, Uppsala University.
Language: English.
Food served:  Yes.
Open for: Everyone interested in climate change solutions; i. e. the public,
organisations, students and researcher

Last day to register is 14 November 2022. Registration is mandatory. 
Sign up here: https://doit.medfarm.uu.se/bin/kurt3/kurt/73114

More information: 
Judith Lundberg-Felten, project coordinator, Climate Change Leadership:

The Zennström Professorship in Climate Change Leadership
Climate Change Leadership hosts the Zennström Visiting Professorship in Climate Change Leadership. The Zennström Professorship in Climate Change Leadership is a ten year series of visiting professorships co-funded by generous donations from Zennström Philanthropies, founded by Niklas Zennström, Uppsala University alumnus, and his wife Catherine Zennström.
Read more: www.geo.uu.se/climate-change-leadership/


21 November 2022
21 November 2022


Sonja Lyttkens sal, New Ångströms
Ångström Laboratory, House 10
Uppsala, Sweden
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