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Interview with LUMES student Hanna Geschewski about the impact of the corona pandemic in Nepal

Poster for awareness about the coronavirus outside of a closed school in Kathmandu. Photo: Hanna Geschewski LUMES student, Hanna Geschewski, has just come back to Sweden after she was temporarily stranded in Nepal during fieldwork for her thesis. In this interview, she reflects on the impact of the corona outbreak on her own studies, and on the society in Nepal, where the socio-economic consequences of global and national measures to slow its spread have hit many people hard.

Natural solutions to combat climate change may ignore power, marginalisation and local agency 

Research assistant Prabath Kaushalya in conversation with farmers, who are resting and eating together during the harvest period in Serupitiya village, Sri Lanka. Natural solutions to combat climate change are perceived as beneficial to both nature and people simultaneously. But claims that natural solutions also bring about empowerment, gender equality and inclusion are problematic, especially when issues of power, agency and marginalisation are ignored. This is according to new research from LUCSUS.

Reflections on what the coronavirus pandemic could mean for the favelas in Brazil by Ebba Brink

Crowded houses and poorly ventilated streets in the favela of Rocinha, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photo: Ebba Brink” Ebba Brink, postdoctoral researcher at LUCSUS, is doing research about climate change risk and adaptation in the favelas in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The current coronavirus pandemic has forced her to come back to Sweden, and move her research online. She reflects on how the outbreak has made the right-wing Bolsonaro government’s polarizing politics and disregard for science even more obvious, and on what a widespread outbreak of corona could mean for the favelas.

Reflections on the impacts of the coronavirus on indigenous communities in the Amazon by Torsten Krause

Torsten Krause together with an indigenous man in the Amazon. Photo: Malin Palm. LUCSUS researcher Torsten Krause have been researching hunting, forest fauna and wild meat consumption, particularly in the Amazon, for the past three years. He is currently in Colombia, where his fieldwork was cut short due to the current coronavirus pandemic. In this interview, he reflects on the impacts of the coronavirus on vulnerable indigenous communities, and on the link between humanity's destructive interaction with the environment, and the emergence of new and potentially very dangerous diseases.

World Water Day 2020: perspectives on water, agriculture, consumption and climate change

Photo of irrigation of a field. Water is essential to all human life on earth. Today, over two billion people live in countries experiencing high water stress – risking both health and food security. As populations and the demand for water grow, this situation is likely to worsen. 

New course on Climate Change and Society

climate change and society Climate change has become one of the defining social and environmental challenges of our time. In light of the public and political attention that the issue has gained, the need for informed and critical perspectives on this important topic is more urgent than ever.

Current frameworks to assess human-nature relationships are too simplified and risk compromise human dependence on nature

Photo by Camila Cordeiro on Unsplash. We need new ways of understanding and accounting for how people depend on nature to protect and preserve our environment. Research from Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies (LUCSUS) strives to diversify ways of measuring and evaluating ecosystem services to take into account people’s place-based, varied and often emotional relationships with nature.

Research interview: "My work focuses on issues of disproportionality and inequalities in relation to loss and damage from climate change and the linkages with sustainable development"

Kelly Dorkenoo Kelly Dorkenoo is a PhD student in the project DICE, Recasting the Disproportionate Impacts of Climate Change Extremes. In this interview, she talk about her interest in the field of loss and damage, and her views on sustainability research.

Impact Story: connecting theory and practice to overcome barriers to adaptation 

Flagler Beach. Photo: Chad Boda. Around the world, coastal communities are exposed to the impacts of climate change, for example sea level rise and coastal erosion. But local governments are often politically and economically constrained in their abilities to implement timely and needed adaptation measures. These constraints can restrict adaptation options to practices that are too little and too late, or even result in measures that are maladaptive for the community. Researcher Chad Boda has worked with the City of Flagler Beach in Florida, USA from 2013-2018 to help turn theory into practice for how to overcome barriers to effective adaptation.

Research interview: "We aim to make major advances in the methodology of measuring loss and damage in a way that builds on yet goes beyond current best-practice in disaster accounting and assessment"

Chad Boda presenting at the Conference on Loss and Damage 2019. Photo: Ann Åkerman. Chad Boda is a post-doctoral researcher at LUCSUS. He has a passion for researching and teaching on issues of environmental conservation and sustainable development. In this interivew, he explains what he is working on in the project, DICE, Recasting the Disproportionate Impacts of Climate Change Extremes, and highlights what he wants to achieve during the project.

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