My research as a physical geographer focused on soil erosion and nutrient losses from arable land in south of Sweden. For many years I worked in close collaboration with municipalities, farmers, consulting companies and other stakeholders in the implementation of various measures to improve water quality in south of Sweden, e.g. restoration of wetlands and rivers.
I lived in Zambia for 4 years, where I worked for a Sida-funded project on agricultural and rural development with strong focus on dissemination of sustainable farming techniques to subsistence farmers.
Now at LUCSUS I have many different duties, mainly in communication, teaching and outreach activites.
Recent research projects I have been involved in has focused on better understanding how simple, sustainable innovations (improved cook stoves and rain water harvesting systems) can be more effectively diffused in rural areas of the global South, Kenya.
Engaging with local actors
I work with a variety of organizations outside of LUCSUS. An important partner is Sydvatten, which produces drinking water for a major part of the south of Sweden. In the long-term project Think H2O! Sydvatten offers teachers and their students in upper secondary school, a two-day school camp at lake Bolmen, which is one of the most important resources for drinking water in Sweden. Together with Sydvatten I am involved in the planning and implementation of this school camp where 800 students yearly participate. Several other teachers from LUCSUS are also involved in this outreach activity.
Read more about the project at Sydvatten’s website »
The last years I have been involved in producing films for different research projects at LUCID and LUCSUS, as an alternative mode of knowledge dissemination.
Here are some of the films I produced:
Smokeless Kitchen, improved cook stoves, Kenya
Improving rural livelihoods in Africa through the diffusion of sustainable innovations, Kenya
What happens to rural life and to the rights of people and nature when parts of a river system are privatized? Turkey
Using human urine as fertilizer, Uganda
Making Research Matter More – from knowledge to action with farmers in Uganda.
Go to our YouTube channel and see all the videos we have produced at LUCSUS »
At the LUMES programme, Lund University International Master’s Programme in Environmental Studies and Sustainability Science:
- Earth Systems Science,
lectures and 3 day field trip
- Water and Sustainability,
lectures and 1 day field trip
- Urban and Rural Systems and Sustainability,
lectures and 1 day field trip
- Deciphering Landscape: Understanding the Social and Ecological Dimensions from Multiple Perspectives
Course convenor, lectures, seminars and fieldtrip
At the LUMID programme, Lund University Master Programme in International Development and Management:
- Sustainable Development and Natural Resource Management,
lectures and seminars
Displaying of publications. Sorted by year, then title.
Making Research Matter More—Working with Action Research and Film in Sustainability ScienceElina Andersson, Ann Åkerman
(2017) Challenges in Sustainability, 5 p.24-25
Sustainable development through innovation diffusion via an entrepreneur in rural western Kenya : Progress and related challengesBarry Ness, Ann Åkerman
(2015) Sustainability: Science, Practice, & Policy, 11 p.53-63
Think H2O! – An educational partnership to raise students’ awareness of the water challengesSara Brogaard, Ann Åkerman, Anna-Karin Wickström
Conference paper: abstract
Publishing sustainability research visually : A film about the opportunities and challenges of a rural entrepreneurship initiative in KenyaBarry Ness, Ann Åkerman
(2013) Challenges in Sustainability, 1 p.80-81
Journal article (comment)