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News from the graduate school

The latest news updates from the Agenda 2030 Graduate School



  • Reduced flow of plastics

At Helsingborg's hospital, doctors have switched from disposable to reusable items and reduced the flow of plastics, writes Sjukhusläkaren. The Agenda 2030 PhD student Linn Boberg researches plastic articles in healthcare and is interviewed in the article.
Tog bort onödiga verktyg - minskade plastflödet i operationssalarna (in Swedish) -

  • New paper on wastewater reuse and desalination

How do we expand our water resources in times of drought and water shortage?
Wastewater reuse and desalination are two methods, often based on similar technology. But they can be perceived differently, according to a new report with Agenda 2030 PhD student Maria Takman as lead author.
Desalinated water is often considered purer; thus, it more easily gains acceptance in public. Reused wastewater frequently raises health concerns, but it is generally considered cheaper, more energy efficient and environmentally friendly. 
Storylines and Imaginaries of Wastewater Reuse and Desalination: The Rise of Local Discourses on the Swedish Islands of Öland and Gotland -


  • How little is enough? New video article by Steinunn Knúts-Önnudóttir

The Journal for Embodied Research has published a video article by Steinunn Knúts-Önnudóttir, PhD student at Malmö Theatre Academy. “It is a peer-reviewed platform, and I am really happy they accepted my article. The dramaturgical terms that I am looking at in this video article are techniques that are used to create work that is working with lived experiences and relation specificity”, says Steinunn Knúts-Önnudóttir. 
Article “How Little is Enough? Porous & Embracing Dramaturgy for Transformative Encounters” -

  • PhD student Linn Boberg in Forskar Grand Prix

(12 October)
How much plastic is actually needed in healthcare? Our PhD student Linn Boberg will explain in a 4-minute talk at Forskar Grand Prix.
- I will try to be creative, innovative and make the message understandable, she says.

Forskar Grand Prix is ​​an annual competition where researchers from Swedish universities and colleges present their research in a popular science way. On October 13, the regional competition is arranged in Helsingborg. High school students, together with a jury, appoint a representative who then gets to compete in the national final in Stockholm. Linn Boberg, PhD student at the Agenda 2030 Graduate School and at the Department of Clinical Sciences, will talk about her research on plastic articles in healthcare.

- It will be a lot of fun to present my research quickly, concisely and popularly. I accepted it as a personal challenge because I find it very difficult to speak in front of people, says Linn Boberg.

Last year, Lunda researcher Michael Bossetta won the national final of the Forskar Grand Prix, and he was one of our inspirational speakers at this year's PhD conference for sustainable development.
Article about Forskar Grand Prix (in Swedish) -

  • Brown, Black, Queer and In-Between: Performing Journeys Across Liminal Spaces and Times

(11-13 October)
PhD student Iury Salustiano Trojaborg (Malmö Theatre Academy) arranged a conference at Inter Arts Center, Malmö. The conference was a part of Iury’s doctoral research project with the following question: How effective is it to tackle the concept of sustainability within the European performing arts context, without also dealing with the burden of Europe’s colonial past? With the conference, Iury aimed to explore the process of construction of cultural identities in a performative setting according to the intersection of gender, sexuality, class and race, focusing on narratives produced in liminal zones, the in-between spaces.

  • PhD Conference on Sustainable Development

(6-7 October)
The second edition of the PhD conference on sustainable development was held on site at the department of Political Science in Lund.

On 6th of October, the PhD conference started off with a welcome from Kristina Jönsson, coordinator of the Agenda 2030 Graduate School and followed by inspirational presentations on the topic of moving out and back again into academia given by Julie Hassing Nielsen (associate professor at Political Science), Max Åhman (senior lecturer at Environmental and Energy System Sciences) and Soo-hyun Lee (PhD student at the Faculty of Law and the Agenda 2030 Graduate School). The session was followed by paper presentations by PhD students on the topics 1) Fashion, gender and manufacturing and 2) Experiences, identifications and initiatives when working for change. During lunch there was a poster session with PhD students presenting their work and for graduate schools to present their activities. In the afternoon there were two parallel workshops called ‘Looking towards the future of sustainable transport’ and ‘Beyond sustainable development’ (which unfortunately had to be postponed to a later date due to covid). The day ended with a knowledge sharing session on ‘Navigating space and place in sustainability – Meeting people where they are’.

On the 7th of October, there was inspirational presentations on the topic of the power of narratives given by Michael Bossetta (Associate senior lecturer at Media and Communication Studies), Moa Petersén (Assistant professor, Department of Arts and Cultural Sciences) and Jessica Abbott (Department of Biology). The presentations were followed by two parallel workshops called ‘Workshopping feminist perspectives on sustainability: Exploring embodied, performative and imaginative methodologies’ and ‘Understanding sustainable development from Latin America: methodologies to think about the effects and transformations in daily lives’. 


  • New prize rewards novel ways to spread sustainability research

(2 May 2022)
The new Lund University Agenda 2030 Award wants to promote innovative and interdisciplinary research on sustainable development by early career scholars at the university. Alexandra Nikoleris, Associate Senior Lecturer at the Department of Technology and Science at the Faculty of Engineering, is the first winner and is praised for her innovative work in designing creative and sustainable future scenarios.

Two honorary mentions are announced to Ana Goidea from the Department for Architecture and the Built Environment and to Steven Curtis, Sofie Sandin Lompar, Frans Libertson, Katherine Shabb and Karolina Södergren at the International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics (IIIEE).
Article about the winner Alexandra Nikoleris and her research (in Swedish) -
About the laureates and their research projects (article in Swedish) -


  • Theatre researcher holds creative workshop for sustainability

(7 April 2022)
PhD student of theatre, Steinunn Knúts-Önnudóttir, arranges the workshop Strings - a participative performance that explores the driving forces of change and what personal motivations humans have for pursuing their vision.
About the workshop and more about Steinunn's research -


  • New report on changed travel habits and mobility services

(30 March 2022)
To achieve a sustainable transport system, it is not enough to focus on renewable fuels and energy-efficient vehicles, we also need to understand people's travel habits, according to new report co-authored by our PhD student of Marketing, Phil Flores.
Article (in Swedish) via K2 - Sweden's national center for research and education on public transport -

  • Eating sustainably increases chance of a long life

(11 March 2022)
Those who eat a lot of whole grains, legumes and nuts - that is, have eating habits that follow the planetary health diet - reduce their risk of dying prematurely by 25%. Our PhD student of Nutrition Epidemiology, Anna Stubbendorff, is interviewed on the study and importance of healthy diets.
Podcast via Vetenskap & Hälsa (in Swedish) -


  • No man is an island

(28 January 2022)
Our PhD student of theatre, Steinunn Knúts-Önnudóttir, is interviewed about her research on what constitutes quality of life and whether we should want to sustain human life on this planet.
Article on Lund University's newspage -

  • New research school strengthens focus on poverty reduction

(19 January 2022)
What knowledge is needed to reduce the poverty in the world? The Agenda 2030 Graduate School will collaborate with new research school focused on poverty reduction and sustainable development. Our coordinator Kristina Jönsson will be the coordinator also of the new research school. The University of Ghana and the universities in Lund, Gothenburg and Uppsala have partnered up to engage in the research school, which will be coordinated via Lund University.
Article on Lund University's newspage -