David Harnesk is a sustainability scientist with a thematic focus on land, environmental change, climate change, and social movements. His research is interdisciplinary and use-inspired, currently focusing on the climatic and environmental conditions of Sámi reindeer pastoralism, and its surrounding social and political mobilization, in Sweden. His teaching profile is broad and interdisciplinary.
I am interested in what causes environmental problems, how these can be addressed, and how social movements seek to address them. Analytically, I focus on 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 such social and environmental harms. My research analyzes multi-scalar dynamics of land-use change, climate change and social movement mobilization, and also covers methodological development in sustainability science. To develop use-inspired research outcomes, I approach these diverse and intertwined nature-society interactions through problem-driven interdisciplinary research where I draw on ecology and energy research as well as political economy, radical geography and social movement theory.
I have a 3-year international post-doc project called 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).
I am also part of the Climate Change Resilience in Small Communities in the Nordic Countries (CliCNord) project, coordinated by University College Copenhagen. I am the case leader of the Lund University division, where we focus on how reindeer herding communities can build capacity to deal with basal ice formation. The project is funded by Nordforsk and more information can be found on this website.
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 Sustainability 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; Social Movements and Sustainability; Deciphering Landscape; Historical Aspects of Development; Gender, Global Development, and Postcolonialism; Forest & landscape biodiversity conservation and ecosystem services; Political Ecology; Social Science Lab; Methods for Climate Risk Management; Environmental Science: Industrial Environmental Economics, and; Environmental Science: Instruments for preventative environmental protection.
Outreach and Workshops
Harnesk, D., Brännström, M., Östlund, L. 2022. Samiska skogslandskap under förändring. Arjeplog, June, 2022. Lead organizer of combined conference and workshop.
LUCSUS News Letter 2021 Historical perspectives and mobilization important for the future of reindeer winter pastures. Lund, February, 2021
Lunds Universitet Nyheter & Press 2021 Historiska processer viktiga när vinterbetesmarkernas framtid diskuteras. Lund, February, 2021
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 2019Fighting 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 2017Storsatsningar 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.
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David Harnesk is a post-doctoral researcher and teacher at LUCSUS. He holds a Ph.D. in Sustainability Science from Lund University, as well as a master's degree and a bachelor's degree in Environmental Science from Lund University.