Cecilia Lundholm

Cecilia Lundholm


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Works at Department of Humanities and Social Sciences Education
Telephone 08-16 40 42
Visiting address Svante Arrhenius väg 20 A, plan 4
Room P 449
Postal address Institutionen för de humanistiska och samhällsvetenskapliga ämnenas didaktik 106 91 Stockholm

About me

My interests concern conceptual development and conceptual change, and instruction, in the social sciences including climate change, environmental and geography education. Current work in this field is conducted Prof Peter Davies, University of Birmingham, Caroline Ignell at the Dep of Education, and doctoral students at HSD.

I am Professor in Educational Science with a specialisation in teaching and learning in the social sciences, and from 2011 to 2015 I was Director at the Centre for Teaching and Learning in the Social Sciences where research and education was being advanced.

At the Department of Humanities and Social Science Education I lead a research group on Conceptual Change, which focuses on environmental, geography, history and social science education (civics, economics, political science and psychology). The group consists of; Prof Peter Davies, University of Birmingham, UK, PhD Caroline Ignell, Dep of Education, and PhD Students Mattias Arrhenius, Mattias Björklund and Ann-Sofie Jägerskog.

My research interests also concern communication and learning about environmental and sustainability issues. In particular, the interest focuses on learning about nature, society and the individual and the relationship between these.

A presentation of my work can be found as a ‘White board talk’ video at the website of Stockholm Resilience Centre, 

For Publications see top of the page, to the right.



Jag föreläser på kursen Ämnesdidaktik, läroplansteori, betyg och bedömning II om lärande och begreppsbildning i de samhällsvetenskapliga ämnena och geografi (kurskod HVÄP02) och på kursen Ämnesdidaktik, läroplansteori, betyg och bedömning på KPU (kurskod HVÄK01).

International Master's Programme in Environmental Social Science

I teach in the course Environment, lifestyles, and individuals within the master's programme at the department of Political Science at Stockholm University.





1. The Climate Change Challenge. Solutions among students in economics, law and political science is a 4-year project funded by the Swedish Research Council.

The research programme addresses questions concerning the environmental policy instruments students choose regarding climate change and environmental problems and the effect of knowledge as well as values on such choices.

The project is carried out in collaboration with prof. Peter Davies, University of Birmingham, and post doc Niklas Harring, Department of political science, Göteborg University, and post doc Tomas Torbjörnsson at the Department of Humanities and Social Science Education.

Associate professor Andreas Duit, Department of political science, prof. David Langlet, Department of law, post doc Linda Ekström, Department of Humanities and Social Science Education, and prof. Astri Muren, Department of economics, Stockholm University, are also engaged.


Ekström, L. & C. Lundholm (2017, April 28-May 2). How much politics is there? Students’ understandings of the role of values in political science. American Education Research Association, 2017.

Ekström, L. & C. Lundholm (in review). What's positive about 'positive right's? Students’ everyday understandings and the challenges of teaching political science. Journal of Political Science Education.

Harring, N. & S. C. Jagers (in review). Why do people accept environmental policies? The prospects of higher education and changes in norms, beliefs and policy preferences. Environmental Education Research.

Harring, N. & C. Lundholm (2017, August 29-September 2). Knowing ‘social dilemmas’ and effects on willingness to make sacrifices and accept environmental regulation. European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction Conference, 2017.

Harring, N., & Sohlberg, J. (accepted). The varying effects of left-right ideology on support for the environment: Evidence from a Swedish survey experiment. Environmental Politics.

Harring, N., Lundholm, C. & T. Torbjörnsson (2017). The Effects of Higher Education in Economics, Law and Political Science on Perceptions of Responsibility and Sustainability. In W. Filho, Brandli, L., Newman, J., and C. Shiel. (Eds.) Handbook of Theory and Practice of Sustainable Development in Higher Education. Dordrecht: Springer.

Jagers, S.C., Harring, N. & S. Matti (2016, 7-10 April). Left-right dimension, policy specific beliefs and pro-environmental policy support. Midwest Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, US.

Lundholm, C., Harring, N., Torbjörnsson, T., & L. Ekström (in prep). Politik och miljö -  kunskap, värden, ideologi och studenters uppfattningar om ansvar och miljöpolitiska styrmedel.

Torbjörnsson, T., Harring, N. & C. Lundholm (submitted). Environmental sustainability and legal education: Swedish law students value orientations.

Torbjörnsson, T., Lundholm, C., & N. Harring (2017, August 29-September 2). Solving environmental problems together? A study of value orientations and the importance of trust for the support of environmental policies. European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction Conference, 2017.


2. Global Survey of Learning, Participation and Ecosystem management in Biospehere Reserves is another project also funded by the Research Council in which I am involved. It is managed by assiciate professor Andreas Duit, Dep of political science. Other participants are Lisen Schultz and Örjan Bodin, Stockholm Resilience Centre.


3. Ecological knowledge and sustainable resource management: The role of knowledge acquisition in enhancing the adaptive capacity of co-management arrangements, a project funded by the Swedish Research Council, was finalised in 2016. It involved PhD student Diana Garavito-Bermudez at the Department of Education and PhD Beatrice Crona at Stockholm Resilience Centre. 


See Publications - link at the top of the page to the right - for all published papers.

Last updated: July 26, 2018

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