I am currently working as a Course Coordinator for an international and interdisciplinary course 'Global Challenges and Sustainable Futures' at The Centre for Environment and Development Studies (CEMUS). My academic interests include: urban/rural/regional planning and development, urbanity and rurality, futures studies, participatory methods for both research and education, feminist writing, 'failure', deliberative democracy and participation, Japan, empowerment, sustainability.
Nyckelord: education for sustainable development sustainable development futures studies deliberative democracy participatory processes japan empowerment
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In addition to being a Course Coordinator, I help coordinate the Outreach and Collaboration platform of CEMUS ('CEMUS Forum') and the CEMUS Research Forum activities and seminars ('CEFO'). Furthermore, I am now the Matariki Global Citizenship Coordinator at Uppsala University, taking on delegated responsibility from Anneli Ekblom, the Matariki Global Citizenship Programme Liaison at Uppsala University.
MSc Sustainable Development (Uppsala University & SLU)
Master's thesis (2015): What is the future we want? Future Session Workshops in Japanese Deliberative Democracy. Full text available here.
Current Research Projects:
Failure for whom? Exploration of what is failure in student sustainability projects and its values (Working title)
Student sustainability projects in Higher Education Institutions are important pedagogical tools while also having potential to contributing to the university's sustainability and environmental work. However, much of existing research about sustainability in Higher Education focuses on positive cases and best practices. This situation raises questions such as, what is understood as 'success' and 'failure' in these student sustainability projects, and how are they framed and talked about? What is the value of 'failure' and how can educators and students deal with it better? This project is an exploration of these questions looking at the sustainability education programmes at Lund University (LUMES) and Uppsala University (CEMUS) as cases.
Co-researchers: Rebecca Laycock (Keele University), Isabel Baudish (Uppsala University), et. al
Your Future is not Enough - A critical look at ‘envisioning’ and ‘backcasting’ in Education for Sustainable Development
Calling on the role of imagination and framing of sustainable futures, this pedagogical project reflects and analyzes a pedagogical activity and assignment run in the undergraduate and interdisciplinary course 'Global Challenges and Sustainable Futures'. In the assignment 'Back to the futureS we want', students are asked to imagine different future scenarios for a region or city of their choice, critically reflect on their initial visions, and redevelop their ideas about their sustainable and desirable futures visions. Through evaluating the methods, we aim to contributing to knowledge and practice of using ‘futures thinking’ methods such as ‘envisioning’ and ‘backcasting’ in Education for Sustainable Development.
Co-researchers: Thomas Schallhart (Uppsala University)
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