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LUCSUS seminars

The LUCSUS seminar series is a research seminar series with researchers at LUCSUS as well as invited guests working with societal change and transformations for sustainability.

Theme Autumn 2021: Sweden/Scandinavia in the global world

The Scandinavian countries, with Sweden being a prominent example, share the image of being global frontrunners – especially in the areas of climate, environment, and human rights. Domestically, the countries build on ideas of a solid welfare state with a high degree of equality, while the countries take leading roles on the international scene concerning peace talks, climate negotiations and generally setting the example for sustainability and green transition. Nevertheless, the Scandinavian countries also struggle with large ecological footprints and high carbon emissions, post-colonial legacies with regards to internal minorities, as well as an increasing domestic debate concerning migration policies and how far moral obligations and ‘global responsibility’ go. While democratic principles are highly valued, trust in politicians and faith that representative democracy can solve current global crises are increasingly challenged, calling for the exploration of new governance approaches.

This seminar series explores these dynamics by Situating Sweden and Scandinavia in the Global, exploring the role of the region on the global scene, as well as how Sweden and the other Scandinavian countries seek to address global challenges internally. The series covers topics ranging from environmental and climate pioneership, gender and diversity in public institutions, citizen inclusion in the public administration and political decision-making, as well as the role of non-state actors such as trade unions and indigenous groups in green transition and sustainable futures.


9 September, 11-12 am
LUCSUS meets LUCSUS: Applied critical realism in the social sciences
Eric Hoddy & Chad Boda, LUCSUS (SWE)

16 September, 11-12 am
Transitioning Unions: What constitutes a just transition for Swedish industry workers?
Johan Gärdebo, Linköping University (SWE)

23 September,11-12 am
Gender, Intersectionality and Climate Institutions in Industrialised States
Gunnhildur Lily Magnusdottir, Malmö University (SWE)

30 September,11-12 am
Habitus and climate change: Exploring support and resistance to sustainable welfare and social–ecological transformations in Sweden.
Max Koch, School of Social Work, Lund University (SWE) & Martin Fritz, University of Jena (DE)

7 October, 11-12 am
Negotiating Sustainable Development: Nordic Visions for Common Futures before the Brundtland Report 
Melina Antonia Buns, University of Oslo (NO)

14 October,11-12 am
Linking individual and systems change: Insights from a national survey in Sweden using SensMaker methodology
Christine Wamsler & Gustav Osberg, LUCSUS (SWE)

21 October,11-12 am
Sami food futures and the food sovereignty movement
Ildikó Asztalos Morell, SLU (SWE)

28 October,11-12 am
The Political Ecology of Sámi Reindeer Pastoralism in Norway
Tor Benjaminsen, NMBU (NO)

11 November,11-12 am
Zooming in on the Danish Climate Assembly
Irina Papazu, IT University (DK)

18 November, 11-12 am - Internal seminar
The role of urban nature for just participation in densification processes in Malmö
Sanna Stålhammar, SLU (SWE)

25 November, 11-12 am
Making sense of Norway’s climate paradox
Hanne Svarstad, Oslo Met (NO)


Find all events  in our calendar

About the seminars

The seminars are open for the public, held online and take place Thursdays from 11am to 12 noon.  

We aim for it to be an open, reflective and interdisciplinary academic forum for new ideas and research on sustainability. 

Format: LUCSUS meets LUCSUS
The LUCSUS meets LUCSUS format seeks to foster a constructive academic dialogue between two or more LUCSUS colleagues. It may be colleagues who have never cooperated before, but work with the same theory or method, or who have arrived at the same topic from two different angles. With space to challenge and develop each other’s arguments, we hope that this format gives room for fruitful discussions that can enhance our collective knowledge, academic identity and create space for new dialogues across the department.

Contact:  Inge-Merete Hougaard 
inge-merete [dot] hougaard [at] LUCSUS [dot] lu [dot] se



To join the seminars online please register here.

You will then receive a zoom link by email

LUCSUS seminar programme autumn 2021