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LUCSUS Annual Report 2022

Woman in a field in Africa for LUCSUS land use theme. Illustration: Catrin Jakobsson.

Explore highlights from our research, education and external engagement in 2022, and read about LUCSUS development as a centre in our annual report.

LUCSUS’ work during 2022 was positive and productive, but still set against a backdrop of tumultuous global events. We focused on substantial new recruitments, engagement in existing networks, and developed new cross-university and external networks. We also received major funding which will enable us to explore new areas in sustainability science.

We recruited three new lecturer positions in sustainability science and several new postdocs, and the LUCSUS PhD research school has gained many new PhDs, who are exploring exciting and important research topics connected to our research themes.

LUCSUS was jointly awarded one of five new profile areas at Lund University: Nature Based Future Solutions, focusing on the complex links between biodiversity loss and climate change. We will work together with collaborators across Lund University and beyond to study how these crises impact society and human health and well-being.

Throughout 2022, LUCSUS actively engaged in developing its contributions to sustainability science.

Throughout 2022, LUCSUS actively engaged in developing its contributions to sustainability science. One important effort was the Sustainability Frontiers Conference, we co-hosted with Stockholm Environment Institute in February, identifying future directions of sustainability science, including social mobilisation, economies and degrowth, digitalistion, and relational approaches to sustainability and inner transformations. We also took over the POLLEN secretariat from ANU’s Resources, Environment and Development Program for the next couple of years. This new role fits well with our focus on understanding and explaining pressing sustainability challenges through inter- and transdisciplinary approaches.

The LUCSUS teaching staff continued to grow. In the Autumn we launched the reformed LUMES programme, and we were happy to see that the first semester of the reformed programme was well received by students. We also continued the development of our new master’s programme, aimed at addressing the challenges of climate change from a social science perspective.

We continued to engage with society, to make an impact outside academia, by organising and participating in events and activities for the public, as well as contributing with scientific knowledge and expertise to policy makers and at high level meetings and reports, such as COP27 and the IPCC AR6 Assessment report.

Welcome to explore more highlights in research, teaching, external engagement and impact in our annual report.

Download the report here (PDF)

LUCSUS in numbers 2022

LUCSUS is home to

  • 40+ researchers and teachers
  • 100 master students

Meet our researchers

International networks

  • 50+ partners from 25 countries
  • 1000+ Alumni from 100 countries

More information about our collaborations and networks 

map of collaborations across the globe. Illustration