Joint PhD seminars on environmental challenges
This joint seminar series is an intellectual meeting place for PhD candidates to discuss in a peer-to-peer setting around topics that many can relate to, albeit from different angles of vision. The goal is not to reach consensus, but rather to learn from and with each other, expanding networks within the PhD research community at Lund University.
The seminar series is a joint initiative by ClimBEco, LUCSUS, IIIEE and CEC at Lund University.
PhD candidates from other faculties and departments, as well as advanced master-level student are welcome to attend where space allows.
The format: Each joint seminar consists of a panel of three current PhD candidates. Presenters speak briefly on an aspect of their research that relates to the seminar topic. This is followed by a panel discussion between the three presenters, supported by a moderator.
Uncertainty in decision-making
Date: Thursday April 16th
This seminar will be broadcast digitally. Access to the seminar platform will be communicated to all registered participants.
How does one handle uncertainty in research? Especially when our research questions involve numerous disciplines and complex variables? How can methods and tools help to reduce or embrace uncertainty? And how should uncertainty be communicated when results are designed to be used in decision-making in society?
This seminar on uncertainty in decision-making has its starting point in these questions. The invited speakers will each share their perspectives, coming from three different disciplines, but all of whom address some of the big environmental challenges of our time.
Alexandra Pongracz, from the Department of Physical Geography & the ClimBEco graduate research school, seeks to improve how carbon cycling in high latitudes – a process particularly susceptible to climate change – is represented in the LPJ-GUESS model. How is uncertainty presented in her methods and theory, and how can uncertainty be presented in results?
Maria Blasi Romero, from the Centre for Environmental and Climate Research & the ClimBEco Graduate research school, takes the perspective of insects and looks at how one can predict pollinator abundance in the future, including extreme events, using scenarios. Uncertainty is inevitable in future scenario building, so how can risk and uncertainty be embraced and communicated to support decision-making?
Soo-Hyun Lee from the Faculty of Law & the Agenda 2030 Graduate school will share how the Sustainable Development Goals and indicators can be a tool for reducing legal uncertainties, thus increasing cohesion between international economic law and sustainable development.
Moderator for the panel discussion will be Åsa Knaggård, senior lecturer from the Department of Political Science.
Registration is required. Please see the right-hand column for more information.
December 5th: Values at the intersection of nature and society
As general reasoning goes, in order to include ‘nature’ in decision-making processes, the functions or services of that ‘nature’ need to be assigned a value in order to be included in making the best possible decision. But exactly what is to be valued, how to assign values and by which societal instruments value is allotted are all questions that need to be better understood, and this is the topic of our seminar.
Sanna Stålhammar (LUCSUS) How values of nature has been approached within the ecosystem services paradigm as part of assessments, with a specific focus on social values.
William Sidemo Holm (CEC), Cost-effective nature conservation in places where interests of preserving species and food production collide.
Jessika Luth Richter (IIIEE) Value-making in her work on circular economy, looking at policy instruments for closing material loops and how stakeholders conceptualise and capture economic and non-economic value.
October 17: Nature-based solutions to societal problems
Nature-based solutions from three different angles.
Speakers: Terese Thoni (CEC) is up-close with IPCC/policy-makers, Lovisa Nilsson (CEC) considers regional stakeholders and Stephen Woroniecki (LUCSUS) includes climate vulnerable groups, each in their research on nature-based solutions in relation to climate change (Terese and Stephen) and sustainable agriculture (Lovisa). The red thread of their topics is this: Nature-based solutions are generally seen as ‘good ideas’ for solving problems in the world, but we need to explore the complexity of applying them in our current structures of society. What are the complexities about nature-based solutions from your research point of view?
Register your participation by sending an email to cheryl [dot] sjostrom [at] cec [dot] lu [dot] se (Cheryl Sjöström), stating your name, affiliation and if you are a PhD or masters student.
About the PhD seminar series
The seminars are conducted by and for PhD candidates at Lund University, primarily directed towards PhDs of Sustainability Science at LUCSUS, the PhD program in Environmental Science at CEC, PhDs of Environmental Economics at IIIEE and members of the research school ClimBEco. It is a joint initiative by ClimBEco, LUCSUS, IIIEE and CEC.
PhD candidates from other faculties and departments at Lund University, as well as advanced master-level student are welcome to attend.
Registration is required.
The seminar series is a joint initiative by
Cheryl Sjöström, CEC/ClimBEco