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Environmental Humanities

Photo: United Nations, Martine Perret

The concept of  ”sustainable development” may mean different things to different people depending on the individual’s background. “Environmental humanities” has become a common platform for research in the humanities related to, for example, climate- and environmental issues and sustainable development of the society. A characteristic of this research is that it often spans several research disciplines, and that it addresses societal challenges that traditionally have been described solely from scientific or technological perspectives.

Sustainability science

This interdisciplinary line of research places its focus in the borderland between social science, the humanities and natural science, as well as on the use of science in society. The research field is defined by the questions it poses rather than on the scientific disciplines it embraces, and one goal is to form new modes of cooperation between different research areas and actors. Research at Lund University deals with:

  • Subsistence agriculture and food security
  • Cities as the focus in climate adaptation and risk reduction
  • Globalisation and sustainable development
  • Political and ecological analysis of island communities
  • Critical questions about sustainability
  • Urban farming in African cities: a source of subsistence and environmental problems
  • Sustainable water resources as a source of poverty reduction
  • Water conflicts in the Middle East

Environmental psychology & behavior

  • How individual behavior affects global and local policy for sustainable development
  • How policy and institutions affect the behavior of individuals
  • Triggers of human action against climate change
  • Evaluation of cultural ecosystem services based on how they contribute to life quality
  • Interaction between individuals, pyhsical urban planning and choice of transport
  • The general public’s view of biological diversity and measures to protect and manage it

Ethical aspects

  • Ethical principles for sustainable development


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Related institutions and research centres at Lund University:


LUCSUS (Lund University Sustainability Studies)

Centre for Middle Eastern Studies

Environmental Psychology (LTH)


Lund University Sustainablity Forum
Sölvegatan 37
223 62 Lund

contact [at] sustainability [dot] lu [dot] se