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Conference programme

The conference offers all activities on campus with events such as research paper presentations, workshops, a knowledge sharing session and storytelling.

There are two parallel workshops given at set time slots. All activities are held at the Department of Political Science in Lund.

Conference programme - 6 October

9.00 - 9.45 Welcome and inspirational presentations - moving out and back again into academia (Room Ed236)

Kristina Jönsson will give a welcome and introduction of the conference, followed by short presentations on the theme of moving between academia and other lines of work.

What is the difference to work within and outside of academia? Both in terms of leaving for a while and coming again as well as juggling between working within and outside academia. Is it just a burden, with a risk of falling behind in your academic career or is it an advantage? Hear our inspirational speakers talk about their experiences and their personal advice.

10.00 - 11.45 Paper and research presentations (Room Ed236)

Chair: Riya Raphael, Gender studies -

Paper presentations by:

Chair: Carin Graminius, Arts and Cultural Sciences -

Paper presentations by:

11.45 - 13.15 Lunch break and poster session (outside of Room Ed 235 & Ed 236)

Want to learn more about different graduate schools and programmes and what they offer? The following will be representing on site:

13.15 - 15.15 Workshop sessions

Organizers: Jakob Allansson, Division of Transport and Roads, K2 -, Russel Cannon, Division of Transport and Roads, K2 -, Eva-Lena Eriksson, K2, Linköping University -, Michelle Ochsner, Division of Transport and Roads, K2 -, Annika Otto, Division of Transport and Roads, VTI - and Vendela Åslund, Division of Transport and Roads, K2 -

Transport is considered to be an essential part of everyday living. The act of transporting ourselves, goods and services, as well as the infrastructure at hand for these activities, shapes both our daily lives and our physical living environments (e.g., Fabella & Szymczak, 2021; Farinloye et al., 2019). Transport accounts for almost a quarter of EU greenhouse gas emissions (European Commission n.d.), due to the transport sector still being largely dependent on fossil fuels (European Environment Agency, 2020). Apart from its environmental impact, transportation has consequences relating to social and economic sustainability, affecting public health, accessibility, safety, and market developments (Rodrigue, 2020). Therefore, transportation can be considered a key area in need of transformation to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

The purpose of this session is to explore the transformation of the transport sector and create visions of a sustainable transport system by 2030 and beyond. The aim is to visualize a future environment of sustainable transportation. By taking a mission-based approach together with the participants in the session, we want to create stories to imagine life in the urban environment post the transformation of the transport sector. The workshop will derive from presentations from our research projects which include:
• Public transport and its role in a sustainable society
• Electrification of the bus fleet
• Bicycle logistics
• Creating a railway system that is resilient to climate change
• How people’s departure times affect the cost of public transport and how to create behavioral change

Organizers: Juan Samper, LUCSUS and the Agenda 2030 Graduate School - and Lina Lefstad, LUCSUS -

Sustainable development is a global political project and research program in the natural and social sciences. The SDGs are the most recent iteration of this geopolitical project. However, researchers have exposed several tensions between socio-economic development and environmental sustainability. Empirical evidence shows that as the global economy grows, emissions keep rising, biodiversity keeps declining, and extreme weather events are increasingly frequent and intense. Yet, social inequality and conflict continue to rise as well.

The above doesn’t mean that meeting today’s needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs is impossible. It rather means that it is crucial to question the politics of defining what these needs are and how they are being met. Researchers are in a unique position to do this. The values, theories, methodologies, and practices from which researchers have contributed to the construction of the global sustainable development project so far need to be critically re-examined. Research that aims to contribute to sustainable development is therefore political too.
We propose a workshop where we will explore together the assumptions inherent in sustainable development as they relate to our research. The objective is to critically reflect how to go beyond the boundaries of the sustainable development paradigm in our own research and open room to the values, theories, methods, and practices offered by alternative sustainability paradigms.

15.30 - 16.30 Knowledge sharing

Organisers: Hanna Ekström, Centre for Environmental and Climate Research - and Marie Stissing Jensen, Political Science -

Local perceptions, dynamics and struggles of space are important when exploring reasons for decision-making, behavioral changes, or resistance in sustainability challenges. But the role as a researcher is not always easy, standing somewhere in the middle between local realities, theoretic arguments, and ethical considerations.

In the first part of this knowledge sharing session, Marie Stissing Jensen (Political Science, Lund University) and Hanna Ekström (Environmental/Political Science, Lund University) shares a conversation about a failed workshop, communication difficulties and cultural encounters in Nepal. We open up the floor to exchange experiences of cultures, fieldwork and approaches. What is the most challenging when trying to engage with a place that you don’t have any experience of before? How to approach people’s close and often strong connection to their land/village/everyday space?

In the second half of the session, we collect inspiration for methods specifically targeting areas where we expect a strong connection to a certain place. What approaches and tools could be used to meet the challenges we started off talking about?

These could be for example:

  • Narrative walks/walking interviews – establish interviewee as the knower of the space
  • Participatory mapping – shared discussion around a map
  • Participatory art workshop – developing art together to formulate and envision ideas

16.30 - After work and networking  (Room Ed236)

Conference programme - 7 October

9.00 - 9.45 The power of narratives (Room Ed236)

Narratives are useful tools for sharing our thoughts, experiences, and ideas with others. We can use narratives to pose questions or to share real events and experiences with the masses. A narrative can entertain, inform, and persuade — but most importantly, it can forge deep, meaningful, and lasting connections.

So how can we use narratives within research to highlight key messages? What tools are there, how do we use them and how do we dare to try something new outside of the traditional setups? Hear from our inspirational speakers who will give you some points of advice to take with you on your academic journey.

10.00 - 12.00 Workshop (Room Ed235)

Organized: Juan Samper, LUCSUS, Faculty of Social Sciences and the Agenda 2030 Graduate School - and Catalina Quiroga, Human Geography -

The application of projects associated with the postulates of sustainable development transforms the territories and proposes the integration of new knowledge -almost always technical knowledge- in local communities around the world. In Latin America, sustainable development projects, especially those related to the relationship between humans and nature, have focused on energy transition, agro-industrial initiatives, conservation, and reforestation processes. Although such projects can strengthen community work and close gaps, these projects can also affect the ways in which communities exist and relate to their territories. To analyze the various effects of sustainable development projects, different research methodologies have been proposed by local communities, social organizations, and critical academics. These methodologies respond to the need to give a spotlight to local knowledge conceived from local socio-ecological relations and aspirations in the analysis of sustainable development projects.
The application of the knowledge validated by research projects carried out in the global south using localized methodologies may open pathways for more sustainable projects and community relations. In this sense, the purpose of the workshop is to present some of the methodologies of Latin American origin and open a practical space for the application of some of those proposals. It is important to mention that these methodologies are born in processes of defense of the territory, construction of peace and care of nature. For this reason, they can allow a general approach to several of the sustainable development goals.

With the workshop, we would like to contribute to the recognition of some initiatives that are being developed from Latin America in the defense of territories and climate action. Additionally, and given that many of these methodologies are developed in Spanish or Portuguese, with the workshop we want to bring more researchers closer to the productions carried out from the global south.

10.00 - 12.30 Workshop (Room Ed236)

Organizers: Alva Zalar, Department of Architecture and Built Environment and the Agenda 2030 Graduate School - and Christie Nicoson, Political Science and the Agenda 2030 Graduate School -

Related to research on sustainability topics, feminist scholars often focus on constraints or possibilities of different experiences: highlighting oppressions and privileges, problematizing normativity, or searching for silences and invisibilities. Beyond understanding such injustices, these critical perspectives use research and activism to study transformation and alternative ways to understand past, present, and future(s). In this workshop, we explore ways of bringing these central aspects into our research practices. How can methodology facilitate finding the invisible, understanding visions, or questioning the possibilities of ‘sustainability’?

The workshop will present various methods, shared by facilitators and participants (sign-up in advance). After the presentations, we will have a chance to try out these methods, using our own research data or sample material. These experimentations serve to explore how such modes of research can help us discover new insights, illuminate biases and invisibilities, or allow us to study unknown or unrecognized but possible visions. Such methodological considerations could involve utopianism, speculative thinking, imagination, prefiguration, interventions, pattern repetition or disruption, back-casting, fictionalizing, or reflexivity – engaged with through mediums such as thinking, writing, talking, or drawing. We welcome students who would like to present a method, try out these approaches, or are curious to learn alongside each other.

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