Environmental Research in the Human Sciences

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Environmental Research in the Human Sciences

The aim of this new initiative is to develop a strong collaborative network on environmental issues between the three faculties which make up the Human Sciences Area at Stockholm University: Humanities, Law and Social Sciences. The university realises that the human factors driving on-going global environmental change cannot be fully understood without a Human Sciences perspective. Underlying the alarming changes which receive so much publicity are socio-cultural practices, the economic systems in which we produce and consume resources, and the politico-legal structures which permit and prevent action around the world. The human sciences have a unique contribution to make towards understanding the diversity and history of these contributory factors, as well as towards analysing how necessary change can come about.

To advance the Human Sciences’ ability to fulfil this role, we aim to develop a forum to bring voices, ideas and research together in a dialogue that crosses the disciplinary boundaries in and around our area. This is the mission of our new initiative. Through the on-going research of our five recently-hired postdoctoral researchers and the cross-faculty activities which they are undertaking, we will create a network of internal dialogue that can speak to academics from all backgrounds, within and outside Stockholm University, as well as to governments, and to the citizens that are and will be affected by living in the Anthropocene.

Why a 17% emissions drop does not mean we are addressing climate change

A commentary by Larissa Basso.

Using narratives for strategic adaptation: lessons learned from COP21

In the midst of the current wave of climate protests under banners of Fridays for Future and Extinction Rebellion, it is worthwhile to look back at past mobilizations of the climate movement, and to see what lessons can be learnt from them. Drawing on our recent study of the climate movement’s mobilization around COP21, published open access in the journal Theory and Society, we argue that today’s organizers would benefit from reflecting upon the use of shared stories about prior mobilizations when strategizing.

An article by Joost de Moor and Mattias Wahlström.

Climate action shouldn’t mean choosing between personal and political responsibility

We often treat the decisions to find alternative ways of living more sustainably and to pursue political resistance against big polluters and inactive governments as separate. But our recent research found that the relationship between alternatives and resistance is really far more complex. One can often lead to the other. But we also found that this doesn’t always happen and that bringing the two together can be difficult.

An article on climate action by Joost de Moor, Brian Doherty and Philip Catney.

Kan klimatflyktingen betraktas som flykting enligt FN:s flyktingkonvention?

Genom att använda sig av begreppet klimaträttvisa undersöker statsvetaren och juristen Francesca Rosignoli möjligheterna att inkludera klimatflyktingen i FN:s flyktingkonvention.

Wasteocene. Guerrilla Narrative and the embodied stratigraphies of toxic capitalism

Humans may live in the Anthropocene, but this does not affect all of them in the same way. How would the Anthropocene look if, instead of searching its traces in the geosphere, researchers would look for them in the organosphere, that is, in the ecologies of humans in their entanglements with the environment?

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