Area of expertise
Sustainability Science, Development Studies, Economic History, Methodology. Climate change, Food politics, Gender equality, Land use changes, Poverty and Inequality.
Development, globalisation and sustainability are my primary research interests. I see development and sustainability as two interdisciplinary fields striving to fulfil social goals. Both of them are value driven, policy oriented and participatory but vary in spatial and temporal scales. Here sustainability science (SS) differs from development in three distinct ways: it starts from a global perspective that does not necessarily dichotomise the global North from the global South; it takes an integrative approach attempting to bridge knowledge from the natural sciences with that from the social sciences; and it is explicitly concerned with both contemporary and future generations.
In sustainability science, I am interested in knowledge structuring, methodology (mainly qualitative approaches) and livelihood conditions. In particular, I am interested in how social theory like institutionalism, symbolic interactionism, and various critical theories including feminism, can be useful in development studies and sustainability science. I am also interested in how we can use qualitative methodology, such as grounded theory and situated analysis, to design and pursue research in sustainability science on livelihood changes in the context of gender regimes and climate change in the global South.
Theoretically, I seek to combine critical with problem solving research. Methodologically, I seek ways to combine natural and social dimensions of sustainability.
I am a lead faculty in the Earth System Governance project and an editorial board member of the new journal Earth System Governance.
Current research projects
What's love got to do with it? SDGs, gendered power, and place attachment
MAGYC: Migration Governance and Asylum Crises
Interdisciplinarity in graduate and postgraduate teaching
Previous research and supervision
In 2008-2018, I was a principal investigator and PhD supervisor in the Linnaeus Centre LUCID (Lund University Centre of Excellence for the Integration of Social and Natural Dimensions of Sustainability). In collaboration with LUCID colleagues, I have contributed to theoretical and methodological debates on knowledge structuring in sustainability science, pluralism in integrating social and natural dimensions of sustainability, research at the nexus of critical and problem solving research as well as debates on agroforestry adoption, climate change adaptation, climate narratives, gender inequality, poverty, and resilience.
In my early career, I studied post-war development in East- and Southeast Asia, especially modern socio-economic transformation in Vietnam and its national development strategies for changing the role of the state in the transition from plan to marketaround 1990. With a focus on income and career opportunities among people who are poor, I also studied gender inequalities in urban labour markets, formal and informal, as well as rural income opportunities in agriculture and aquaculture. I then reoriented my research towards natural resource use and rural livelihoods to study climate change mitigation and adaptation among ‘the poorest of the poor’ in subsistence livelihoods in coastal Vietnam and agroforestry based subsistence farming in Western Kenya.
From 1996 to 2016, I supervised ten PhD projectsto completion in Economic History, Geography, Human Ecology, and Environmental Systems. Since 2008, I have supervised ten PhD projects to completion in Sustainability Science. Since 2011, I am also a post-doc advisor.
I coordinate and teach profile courses in three graduate programmes at the nexus of development, globalisation, and sustainability.
In the Development Master, I teach SIMP 35 Theories and Issues in Development(15 credits) and SIMP 36 Historical aspects of Development (15 credits).
In LUMID (Lund University Master of Science in International Development and Management), I teach MIDM 38 Field Methods (7.5 credits) and examine the graduate thesis (30 credits).
In LUMES (master programme in Environmental Studies and Sustainability Science), I co-coordinate the thesis course MESM 02 (30 credits) and serve as the main examiner.
I started as a lecturer in economic history and later became a professor in sustainability science with a main interest in social, structural, and institutional change in relation to poverty, inequality, gender, development and sustainability. Drawing on comparative economic history, my early focus was on long-term structural and institutional change associated with state-market dynamics, resource distribution, rural-urban labour linkages, and livelihood strategies. From that perspective, I offered courses on European industrialisation; post-war transformation in East- and Southeast Asia and Latin America; and the post-cold-war transition from plan to market in China and Vietnam. Besides these substance courses, I teach methodology courses on qualitative inquiry, research strategies, field methods, and data analysis.
I have designed interdisciplinary courses and programmes at LU on undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate levels. Some ideas are synthesised in a co-authored textbook Politics and Development in times of Globalisation (Jönsson et al 2012), in a co-authored chapter on the LUCID research school (Ness & Jerneck) and in my teaching portfolio (2015) based on which I received an Excellent Teacher Awardat the Social Science Faculty (2016).
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De unga gör helt rätt när de stämmer statenChristina Moberg, Hervé Corvellec, Anders Lindroth, Manuela Isacson, Linn Nilsson, et al.
Nog nu, politiker – ta klimatkrisen på allvarKarin Gerhardt, Kimberly Nicholas, Wim Carton, Anika Binte Habib, Diego Galafassi, et al.
(2022) Aftonbladet Debatt, -
Resourcification : A Non-Essentialist Theory of Resources for Sustainable DevelopmentHervé Corvellec, Johan Hultman, Anne Jerneck, Johan Ekroos, Susanne Arvidsson, et al.
(2021) Sustainable Development, 29 p.1249-1256
Sociology for sustainability scienceStefano Longo, Ellinor Isgren, Brett Clark, Andrew K. Jorgenson, Anne Jerneck, et al.
(2021) Discover Sustainability, 2
A Resourcification Manifesto: Understanding the Social Process of Resources Becoming ResourcesJohan Hultman, Hervé Corvellec, Anne Jerneck, Susanne Arvidsson, Johan Ekroos, et al.
(2021) Research Policy, 50
Climate Variability and Rural Livelihood Security : Impacts and ImplicationsKehinde Olayinka Popoola, Anne Jerneck, Sunday Adesola Ajayi
(2021) African Handbook of Climate Change Adaptation : With 610 Figures and 361 Tables , p.423-436
PrefaceJohanna Bergqvist Rydén, Anne Jerneck, Jessika Luth Richter, Karin Steen
(2020) Interdisciplinary pedagogy in higher education : Proceedings from Lund University's Teaching and Learning Conference 2019 , p.5-12
Enabling local adaptation to climate change: towards collective action in Flagler Beach, Florida, USAChad Boda, Anne Jerneck
(2019) Climatic Change , p.631-649
Theoretical and Methodological Pluralism in Sustainability ScienceAnne Jerneck, Lennart Olsson
(2019) Framing in Sustainability Science : Theoretical and Practical Approaches , p.17-33
Climate Change Adaptation and Gender Inequality: Insights from Rural VietnamJosephine Ylipaa, Sara Gabrielsson, Anne Jerneck
(2019) Sustainability, 11
Taking gender seriously in climate change adaptation and sustainability science research : views from feminist debates and sub-Saharan small-scale agricultureAnne Jerneck
(2018) Sustainability Science, 13 p.403-416
What about gender in climate change? Twelve feminist lessons from developmentAnne Jerneck
(2018) Sustainability (Switzerland), 10
Social fields and natural systems : Integrating knowledge about society and natureLennart Olsson, Anne Jerneck
(2018) Ecology and Society, 23
At the nexus of problem-solving and critical researchYahia Mahmoud, Anne Jerneck, Annica Kronsell, Karin Steen
(2018) Ecology and Society, 23
It takes an academic village : Establishing an interdisciplinary research school and educating the first generations of PhDsBarry Ness, Anne Jerneck
(2017) Diversity in Education : Crossing cultural, disciplinary and professional divides , p.199-218
Pluralism in Search of Sustainability: Ethics, Knowledge and Methdology in Sustainability ScienceEllinor Isgren, Anne Jerneck, David O Byrne
(2017) Challenges in Sustainability, 5 p.2-6
A Social Science Perspective on ResilienceLennart Olsson, Anne Jerneck, Henrik Thorén, Johannes Persson, David O Byrne
(2016) The Routledge Handbook of International Resilience , p.49-62
Why resilience is unappealing to social science : Theoretical and empirical investigations of the scientific use of resilienceLennart Olsson, Anne Jerneck, Henrik Thorén, Johannes Persson, David O Byrne
(2015) Science Advances, 1
Understanding Poverty : Seeking Synergies Between the Three Discourses of Development, Gender, and EnvironmentAnne Jerneck
(2015) SAGE Open, 5
Principles of epistemological accountability with methodological implications for measuring, assessing, and profiling human resilienceAstier Almedom, David O Byrne, Anne Jerneck
(2015) Ecology & Society, 20 p.9-9
Food first! Theorising assets and actors in agroforestry: risk evaders, opportunity seekers and 'the food imperative' in sub-Saharan AfricaAnne Jerneck, Lennart Olsson
(2014) International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability, 12 p.1-22
Journal article review
Searching for a Mobilizing Narrative on Climate ChangeAnne Jerneck
(2014) The Journal of Environment & Development, 23 p.15-40
More than trees! Understanding the agroforestry adoption gap in subsistence agriculture: Insights from narrative walks in KenyaAnne Jerneck, Lennart Olsson
(2013) Journal of Rural Studies, 32 p.114-125
Living without buffers-illustrating climate vulnerability in the Lake Victoria basinSara Gabrielsson, Sara Brogaard, Anne Jerneck
(2013) Sustainability Science, 8 p.143-157
A smoke-free kitchen: initiating community based co-production for cleaner cooking and cuts in carbon emissionsAnne Jerneck, Lennart Olsson
(2013) Journal of Cleaner Production, 60 p.208-215
Politics and Development in a Globalised World. An IntroductionKristina Jönsson, Anne Jerneck, Malin Arvidson
Structuring Sustainability ScienceAnne Jerneck, Lennart Olsson, Barry Ness, Stefan Anderberg, Matthias Baier, et al.
(2011) Sustainability Science, 6 p.69-82
Politik och utveckling i en globaliserad värld. En introduktionKristina Jönsson, Anne Jerneck, Malin Arvidson
Farmers fighting climate change-from victims to agents in subsistence livelihoodsLennart Olsson, Anne Jerneck
(2010) Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change, 1 p.363-373
Globalisation, Growth and Gender: Poor Workers and Vendors in Urban VietnamAnne Jerneck
(2010) Gendered Inequalities
Ledarstrategier för utveckling av genusperspektiv i undervisningenCecilia Fredriksson, Anne Jerneck, Lena Neij, Annika Nilsson, Christina Moëll
(2008) AKKA - Ledarutvecklingsprogram för kvinnor vid Lunds universitet 2006-2007. Erfarenheter av ett genusintegrerat ledarskapsprogram
Adaptation and the poor: development, resilience and transitionAnne Jerneck, Lennart Olsson
(2008) Climate Policy, 8 p.170-182
Anne Jerneck is a professor in Sustainability Science at Lund University. Her research focuses on social, structural, and institutional change in relation to poverty, gender inequality, climate change, and the politics of food and sustainability in sub-Saharan Africa. She is a a teacher, advisor and examiner in several international interdisciplinary graduate and postgraduate programs in Development Studies and Sustainability Science at LU.