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Sara Ullström

PhD Student

Research Areas

Climate action, sustainability transitions, environmental governance, flying less, low-carbon lifestyle changes

Current Research 

My PhD research is part of the FORMAS funded research project The Takeoff of Staying on the Ground which studies the rising movement in Sweden to reduce flying, and the potentially transformative cultural shift it represents. In my research, I focus on the emergence of new narratives associated with reducing air travel for climate change reasons, and the ways in which a flight-free movement increasingly is problematizing flying by mobilizing around and orchestrating these narratives. Much of the conversations about flying and climate change take place in social media, and the flight-free movement has also received rising attention in both national and international news media. How narratives of avoiding flying have emerged, evolved, and diffused over time in different media outlets, and with what impacts on policy and daily life, is therefore a key question in my research. 


I currently teach about international climate politics and environmental governance in the master's course MVEN16: Klimatpolitik, samhällsstyrning, och kommunikation



Retrieved from Lund University's publications database



Retrieved from Lund University's publications database


Retrieved from Lund University's publications database

Sara Ullström
E-mail: sara [dot] ullstrom [at] LUCSUS [dot] lu [dot] se

Doctoral student

LUCSUS (Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies)

+46 46 222 06 81

+46 73 716 39 58

Josephson, 113

Josephson, Biskopsgatan 5, Lund



Sara Ullström is a doctoral student at Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies (LUCSUS). She holds a bachelor degree in political science and a master’s degree in applied climate change strategies, both from Lund University. Her research focuses on the role of narratives and individual lifestyle changes in sustainability transitions.

Research projects

The takeoff of staying on the ground (2019-2022, funded by Formas) 

A project exploring narratives of staying on the ground and their potential in fostering social, cultural and political change towards more sustainable air travel behaviors.  

P.O. Box 170, SE-221 00 Lund, Sweden
Phone: +46(0)46- 222 80 81
info [at] lucsus [dot] lu [dot] se