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World Academic Forum Stockholm Summit Seminar, May 19th 2022

Karolinska Institutet, KTH Royal Institute of Technology and Stockholm University have formed the University Alliance Stockholm Trio. In this seminar Stockholm Trio will present how the three universities join forces and together mobilise for human and planetary health. With three examples as a starting-point, invited key stakeholders will participate in a panel discussion on how we can create strong partnerships for powerful actions for human and planetary health.


Registration is mandatory, no later than 15th of May.

Nytt forskningscentrumet för Earth System Governance (ESG)

Stockholms Universitet är via Statsvetenskapliga institutionen det nya forskningscentrumet för Earth System Governance (ESG).

ESG är världens största  tvärvetenskapliga forskningsnätverk för samhällsvetenskap, ekonomi, humaniora men även naturvetenskap. Nedan finns en video från webinariet om det kommande globala miljötoppmötet Stockholm+50 i juni 2022:

Earth System Governance

The Department of Political Science at Stockholm University will act as the new Research Centre on Earth System Governance (ESG) in Stockholm. ESG is the largest interdisciplinary network in the area of environmental research.

Environmental Research in the Human Sciences

The aim of this 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.

Environmental humanities

New book on environmental humanities in landscape archaeology

A new book has been released: Environmental Humanities: A Rethinking of Landscape Archaeology? Interdisciplinary academic research related to different perspectives of landscapes, edited by Sjoerd Kluiving, Kerstin Lidén and Christina Fredengren. The book is available open access in pdf.



Hållbarhetsforum 2021

Följ årets digitala Hållbarhetsforum, på temat "Från kris till hållbar samhällsutveckling", torsdagen den 22 april kl 8.45-16-00. Flera forskare från Humanvetenskaplig miljöforsknings nätverk medverkar.

Environmental Justice

Researchers from the Environmental Science in the Humanities-project participates in Encyclopedia of Sustainability


New book by Francesca Rosignoli

What does it mean Environmental Justice? What are the origins of this concept? Francesca Rosignoli’s essay seeks to answer those questions by mapping environmental inequalities ranging from the US to the EU.


New Book on Pastoralism and Landscape Change

Postdoctoral Fellow, Eugene Costello, has recently published an important new book, Transhumance and the Making of Ireland’s Uplands, 1550-1900.

The rearing of cattle is today a fairly sedentary practice in Ireland, Britain and most of north-west Europe. But in the not-so-distant past it was common for many rural households to take their livestock to hill and mountain pastures for the summer. Moreover, ethnographic accounts suggest that a significant number of people would stay in seasonal upland settlements to milk the cows and produce butter and cheese. However, these movements all but died out in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, meaning that today transhumance is mainly associated with Alpine and Mediterranean landscapes.

This book is the one of the first major interdisciplinary studies of the diversity and decline of transhumance in a northern European context, with relevance for studies of fäbodar and säter in Scandinavia. Focusing on Ireland from c.1550 to 1900, it shows that uplands were valuable resources which allowed tenant households to maintain larger herds of livestock and adapt to global economic trends. And it places the practice in a social context, demonstrating that transhumance required highly organized systems of common grazing, and that the care of dairy cows amounted to a rite of passage for young women in many rural communities.

Dr Costello’s book is published by Boydell & Brewer. He would like to acknowledge the generous support of Environmental Research in the Human Sciences at Stockholm University, the Irish Research Council, and the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies at University of Notre Dame.

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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