Honorary doctorates 2011
Stockholm University is awarding a number of honorary doctorates 2011. The honorary doctoral degrees was conferred at Stockholm University's traditional ceremony at City Hall on Friday September 30, 2011.During the ceremony newly awarded doctorates and jubilee doctors had their degrees conferred and the new professors was formally welcomed.
Faculty of law
Bo Kjellén is a former Swedish ambassador. He was for many years head of the Swedish delegation in the global climate change negotiations. He chaired parts of the negotiations of the UN Climate Change Convention, which was adopted at the 1992 UN Summit on Environment and Development, and he also chaired the negotiations of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification, adopted in 1994. Bo Kjellén remains engaged as writer and lecturer in international environmental matters, not only related to climate change, and he has actively supported teaching and research in environmental law at Stockholm University.
Dinah Shelton is Manatt/Ahn Professor of International Law at The George Washington University Law School and a leading scholar in the fields of human rights and international environmental law. She is vice-president of the American Society of International Law, member of the Inter-American Human Rights Commission and member of the editorial board of the American Journal of International Law. Through her numerous scientific publications she has made significant contributions to the legal protection of human rights and environment.
Faculty of humanities
Beverley Skeggs is one of the leading researchers within the field Cultural Studies. Her research has lead to new and important knowledge concerning the value system of the contemporary welfare state, especially regarding the significance of class and gender. Central in Skeggs’s interdisciplinary research are questions concerning the creation of value and the importance of various value systems, in an individual as well as in a social perspective. Her achievements include a sizeable number of research projects and editorships and an impressive scientific production; her most important book is Formations of Class and Gender: Becoming Respectable (1997). Skeggs’s approach is marked by an exceptional methodological stringency and by a recurrent reflection concerning the researching subject itself and the relation between the subject and the object, function and aim of the research. During the year 2007, Skeggs was the holder of the Kerstin Hesselgren professorship at the former Centre for Gender Studies at Stockholm University.
David Neuman established some two decades ago the gallery Magasin 3 – Stockholm konsthall, which today has reached the position of being one of the most important arenas for contemporary art in Sweden. The gallery has evolved in close interplay with the international art scene; from a narrow setting for the initiated, the art hall has opened up through qualified lectures, discussions, seminars and so called artist talks. Neuman´s creative ability manifests itself as a unique skill of going beyond clichés; unravelling human qualities and displaying them, always in an astonishing fashion eluding description. More than anyone else within Swedish art, Neuman has focused on the key role of the curator in staging works of art. The result of which is a number of unprecedented exhibitions. During the last ten years, Neuman has also played a key role in establishing the international curator training programme – Curating Art – at the Department of Art History at Stockholm University. In 2007 Neuman was appointed Affiliate Professor in Art History.
Faculty of social sciences
Miriam Glucksmann is professor of sociology at Essex University in Great Britain. During the last thirty years she has successfully been researching work, division of labour, production, distribution and consumption. In books such as the now classic Women on the Line and in Cotton and Casuals she shows how ideas on gender, class and ethnicity are central to how work, economy and markets are constructed – both historically and in present times.
Her research is inter-disciplinary – she moves effortlessly between different perspectives, methods and empirical areas, inspiring researchers within different disciplines.
Her relationship to Stockholm University is strong. She held the Kerstin Hesselgren guest professorship at the Department of Economic History and has given several seminars, courses and lectures.
Thomas Hylland Eriksen is a Norwegian professor of social anthropology, author, and opinion maker. Hylland Eriksen is one of the world’s leading anthropologists, and one of the most creative and pioneering. His research is mainly focused on studies of the globalization of society, nationalism, cultural complexity, and identity processes, and motivated by a double ambition: to understand the world in which we live and what it means to be human. Much of his research has a comparative and multidisciplinary dimension. Since 2004 he leads a large-scale research programme at the University of Oslo, Cultural Complexity in the New Norway (CULCOM), which aims at shedding light on the multicultural context of Norway and enhancing public awareness of the social implications of this fact. Several of his text books, not least Small Places – Large Issues and Ethnicity and Nationalism: Anthropological Perspectives, have been translated into other languages and have for a long period been used as mandatory reading in undergraduate teaching in anthropology in several countries. He is a diligent writer and engaged contributor to Nordic media debates, and he has contributed significantly to the knowledge about the subject of anthropology in society at large and about social and cultural processes.
Thomas H. Ollendick is professor of psychology at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Virginia, USA. He has during his entire working career focused on psychological disorders in children and adolescents; from mental retardation and externalizing disorders, e.g. ADHD and conduct disorder, to eating disorders and internalizing disorders, e.g. various forms of anxiety disorders. In his research he has a broad approach; from studying the basic psychopathology to the development and testing of different treatment methods. It is primarily for his research on anxiety disorders that Ollendick has become well-known and is considered to be one of the leading researchers in the world in this area. For many years Thomas Ollendick has had research cooperation with researchers at the Department of Psychology, Stockholm University.
Faculty of science
Markus Antonietti, professor, has during the last 20 years been the director of the Max Planck Institute for Colloids and Interfaces in Golm, Germany. Antonietti conducts world leading research in materials chemistry with a focus on energy, environment and climate. He is an important mentor with 29 of his previous coworkers appointed to professorships around the world. He has received several prestigious prices and awards and he is the member of the editorial board of several scientific journals, e.g. Langmuir, Chemistry of Materials, and Soft Matter. Markus Antonietti is collaborating with the department of materials and environmental chemistry at Stockholm University within the fields of e.g. hydrothermal carbonisation, biomineralisation, biomimetics, and self-assembly.
Claes Grundsten is a nature photographer and writer, with Physical Geography and Biology education from Stockholm University. He is well-known for his photographs and portrayal of valuable wilderness areas. He has made significant contributions towards the protection of Swedish mountain environments during the production of vegetation maps at Stockholm University and through his work at the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency for national parks and nature conservation. Through his books on the Swedish mountains, national parks, and other mountains world-wide, he has not only contributed with a unique documentary in nature photography, but also highlighted the beauty of nature, the sensitivity of mountain environments, and increased public awareness. His production is characterized by a strong engagement for and sense of nature, where a large photographic and artistic knowledge base is combined with in-depth scientific knowledge. His photographs are currently part of the artistic decoration in the Geosciences Building at Stockholm University.
Dr Sandra Knapp, research botanist at the Department of Botany, The Natural History Museum, London, is active in the field of global biodiversity. She has a broad and extensive scientific production, involving both taxonomic issues and flora projects, as well as more general biological projects of conservation biology, pollination and phylogeny, hybridization between genera, evolution of ribosomal DNA, genomics in tomato and tobacco, biodiversity informatics, etc.
She is an outstanding lecturer which she has demonstrated at several occasions in Sweden and at Stockholm University. She has also been an external examiner (opponent) at the Department of Botany
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