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.
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.
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 Conference, Are 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Report: Internationalisation and SustainabilityThe 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.
Sweden’s carbon budget challenge – turning Paris’ aspirations into local climate actionPart 1 and Part 2. A lecture and panel discussion with Kevin Anderson, Agneta Green, Anders Wijkman, and Karin Sundby. July 2018.
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.
KERI FACER – ZENNSTRÖM VISITING PROFESSOR 2019–2020
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.
KEVIN ANDERSON – ZENNSTRÖM VISITING PROFESSOR 2016–2018
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.
DOREEN STABINSKY – ZENNSTRÖM VISITING PROFESSOR 2015–2016
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.
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:
Student engagement with international climate negotiations and justice
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.
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.
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.
Governments may have less immediate power than they used to but, in matters large and small, someone somewhere often has to make a decision that will affect many lives. The Ministers making those decisions are human too, and what we know about how science and futures thinking operate in government can tell us a lot about their place in wider public debates. Making decisions today, based on evidence from the past, in order to change the future: what could possibly go wrong?
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Dr Claire Craig CBEis Chief Science Policy Officer at the Royal Society. Previously Claire led the Government Office for Science, and has worked for three UK Government Chief Scientific Advisors. She was awarded a CBE for her work on Foresight, the UK’s science-based strategic futures programme, and was a member of Faculty at the World Economic Forum. Her career includes periods at McKinsey & Co and the Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit. She has been pre-Elected Provost of the Queen’s College, Oxford, taking up post in summer 2019. Her first book “How does government listen to scientists?” was published by Palgrave in August 2018, and she began life as a geophysicist.