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David Harnesk

Postdoctoral fellow, PhD in Sustainability Science


land-use change, climate change, social movements, sustainability science, emancipatory social science, political ecology

Research Interests

My research analyzes multi-scalar dynamics of land-use change, climate change and social movement mobilization, and also covers methodological development within sustainability science. My empirical work looks to how prevailing social structures and institutions interact with natural systems and landscapes to generate concrete environmental problems and sustainability challenges, and how social movements mobilize collective action to address them. To develop use-inspired research outcomes, I approach these diverse and intertwined nature-society interactions through problem-driven interdisciplinary sustainability research where I draw on political economy, radical geography, social movement theory, ecology and energy research.

I am currently in the start-up phase of my 3-year international post-doc project Sámi social movements – indigenous mobilization around the ecological conditions of reindeer husbandry under climate emergency. The project is funded by the Swedish Research Council and I will be based at LUCSUS (Lund University), Noragric (Norwegian University of Life Sciences) and IFRO (Copenhagen University).


Since 2012 I have taught and supervised master - and bachelor students at Lund University. I coordinated, and taught extensively at, the courses Gender and Sustainability in Theory and Everyday Life, Sustainability and Popular Culture and Sustainable development from a local, regional and global perspective. I was responsible for the social science component of the course Climate, Science and Society, and supervised many students taking the course Environmental Studies and Sustainability Science: Master’s Thesis.

Other courses where I have taught include: Urban & Rural Systems and Sustainability; Economy and Sustainability; Energy and Sustainability; Governance of Sustainability; Historical Aspects of Development; Gender, Global Development, and Postcolonialism; Social Science Lab; Methods for Climate Risk Management; Environmental Science: Industrial Environmental Economics, and; Environmental Science: Instruments for preventative environmental protection.

Outreach and Workshops

Lunds Stadsbibliotek 2020 Gruvkonflikter i norr/Sápmi. Lund, February, 2020. Presentation.

Moderna Museet 2020 Sensing Nature From Within, Theme 3: Nature as a (legal) subject. Malmö, January, 2020. Presentation and panel member.

Lunds Universitet 2019 Fighting Climate Change – Mapping the pathway with social movements (public event) Lund, March, 2019. Panel member.

Lunds Universitet News & Press Releases 2019 ”What local people?” Sveriges största gruvkonflikt visar på samers möjlighet att göra motstånd. Lund, February, 2019.

Lunds Universitet News & Press Releases 2018 EU biofuel regulation is not sustainable long-term. Lund, May, 2018.

Lunds Universitet Nyheter & Press 2018 EU:s biodrivmedelspolitik är inte hållbar. Lund, Maj, 2018

Nyhetsbrevet Apropå 2017 Storsatsningar på biodrivmedel skapar svårigheter för småjordbrukare. Lund, October, 2017.

Harnesk, D., Brogaard, S., Sjöberg, Ö. & Tambang, G. Y. 2017. Workshop om global handel med biomassa, Stockholm, September, 2017. Lead organizer.



Retrieved from Lund University's publications database



Retrieved from Lund University's publications database


Retrieved from Lund University's publications database

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David Harnesk (photo Emilio José Bernard)
E-mail: david [dot] harnesk [at] LUCSUS [dot] lu [dot] se

Postdoctoral fellow

LUCSUS (Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies)

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