land-use change, climate change, social movements, sustainability science, emancipatory social science, political ecology
I am interested in what causes environmental problems, how these can be addressed, and how social movements seek to address them. Analytically, I am interested in 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 these problematic outcomes. 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 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
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.
Displaying of publications. Sorted by year, then title.
(2019) Sydsvenska Dagbladet, Debatt
(2019) Nature Ecology and Evolution, 3 p.1498-1498
- Biomass-based energy on the move – The geographical expansion of the European Union’s liquid biofuel regulationDavid Harnesk
(2019) Geoforum, 98
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(2018) Ecology & Society, 23
- ”What local people?” : En analys av gruvkonflikten i Gàllok och den samiska befolkningens rättigheter ur ett rättvise- och maktperspektivDavid Harnesk, Mine Islar, Sofia Stafström
(2018) Svensk gruvpolitik i omvandling : Aktörer, kontroverser, möjliga världar , p.101-124
- Adding Fuel to the Fire : North-South dynamics in the geographies of transport energy: the case of EU biofuelsDavid Harnesk
- What local people? Examining the Gállok mining conflict and the rights of the Sámi population in terms of justice and powerSofia Persson, David Harnesk, Mine Islar
(2017) Geoforum, 86 p.20-29
- Social Dynamics of Renewable Energy—How the European Union’s Renewable Energy Directive Triggers Land Pressure in TanzaniaDavid Harnesk, Sara Brogaard
(2017) Journal of Environment and Development, 26 p.156-185
- Regulating a global value chain with the European Union's sustainability criteria – experiences from the Swedish liquid transport biofuel sectorDavid Harnesk, Sara Brogaard, Philip Peck
(2017) Journal of Cleaner Production, 153 p.580-591
(2016) Challenges in Sustainability , 4 p.15-16
- What kind of, and whose, sustainability counts? – Implications of EU’s Renewable Energy Directive in sub-Saharan AfricaDavid Harnesk, Sara Brogaard
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- Biofuel policy and stakeholder perspectives in Sweden – Initial impacts of EU sustainability criteria on the biofuels sector and implications for land useSara Brogaard, David Harnesk
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- The Integrated NORDIC Power Market and the Deployment of Renewable Energy Technologies: Key Lessons and Potential Implications for the Future ASEAN Integrated Power MarketLuis Mundaca, Carl Dalhammar, David Harnesk
(2013) Energy Market Integration in East Asia : Renewable Energy and its Deployment into the Power System , p.25-97