LUCSUS has a strong ambition to take active part in and contribute to the science-society dialogue. For that reason LUCSUS has an outreach programme with a wide range of activities from the local to the global level and with a focus on various challenges in different parts of the world.
On the local level LUCUS strengthens the already existing collaboration between Lund University and the municipality of Lund. Here LUCSUS is an active partner in the project Utmaning Hållbart Lund, aiming at a sustainable city. (www.utmaninghallbartlund.se).
LUCSUS has the capacity to organise public lectures and workshops. We cooperate with a range of organisations on a case by case basis and have a long-term collaboration with The Association of Foreign Affairs in Lund, UPF (www.upflund.se).
On the regional level LUCSUS is an active partner. As an example we collaborate with regional actors within the network of Hållbar Utveckling Skåne (www.hutskane.nu) and within the network of RCE Skåne focusing on education for sustainable development (www.rceskane.se).
On the international level we are expanding our activities as a Right Livelihood College, for more information see next page.
All these outreach activities are integrated in our masters programme, LUMES. During the various LUMES courses, students are inspired and encouraged to developideas about sustainable practices. In the Making Change Happen course some of these ideas can be put into practice and the theoretical learning from different courses be put to a test in real life and in collaboration with a variety of local actors. LUMES students are also involved in the student association Hållbart Universitet (Sustainable University) (www.hallbartuni.se).
In several of our research projects, LUCSUS staff is engaging with local communities. One example is a PhD research project including joint experimentation with farmers in Uganda to improve soil fertility by using human urine to improve maize yield. Another research project is the ’Smokeless Kitchen’, where LUCSUS is introducing improved stoves to subsistence farmers through local social entrepreneurs. The aim of the project is to improve health, boost the local economy and halt deforestation. for more information see next page.