CSD Uppsala

Uppsala Centre for Sustainable Development is an interdisciplinary centre established at Uppsala University. The Centre is based on a collaboration between Uppsala University (UU) and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU). The Uppsala Centre for Sustainable Development aims to be a catalyst for research and education on sustainable development at Uppsala’s two universities, as well as a place for students and researchers.
CSD Uppsala include these programmes:

CSD Uppsala promotes research that critically explores, analyzes and explains the relations within and between social and ecological systems, in terms of access to and use of natural resources, power structures and social and environmental conditions. The center aims to generate insights into the obstacles and possibilities for increasing global and intergenerational equity while preserving our ecological resource base.

CSD Research
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The Development Research Network on Nature, Poverty and Power


CSD Research School

Climate Change Leadership

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The Zennström Visiting Professorship in Climate Change Leadership


CSD Research Network


Theme: Small-scale fisheries. Local and global socio-environmental transformations

Global Marine Governance Network – Co-constructing Sustainable Fisheries Future (JUSTMAR NETWORK)

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The overall purpose of this research is to bring forth as a topic a historiography of the transformations that world fisheries have undergone from 1970s onwards, focusing on Vietnam, Chile, Poland and South Africa. https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B2A4GgFoeZ4CaHJ0RmYwZUdoYkk/edit. As a result of the ISSC field experiences in these countries during 2014-15, we are authoring Transformation of Small-scale Fisheries – Critical Transdisciplinary Challenges (see below). The paper also has been accepted to the SANORD Conference Namibia 1-3 December 2015 “What is the role of Higher Education institutions and North – South collaboration in shaping the UN Development Agenda Post-2015?”

Period: 2014-2015

Financing: International Social Science Council (ISCC) Transformations to Sustainability call Transformative Knowledge Network called Global Marine Governance Network – Co-constructing Sustainable Fisheries Future (JUSTMAR).

Researchers: Seed grant to associate professor Gloria Gallardo, CSD, Uppsala University. The other researchers are: Dr. Fred Saunders (as co-convenor), School of Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies, Södertörn University, Sweden; Dr. Truong Van Tuyen, Hue University of Agriculture and Forestry in Vietnam; Dr. Serge Raemaekers;The Small-scale Fisheries Research & Governance, Dept. of Environmental and Geographical Sciences at the University of Cape Town, South Africa; Dr. Ricardo Barra; Centro de Ciencias Ambientales (EULA), Universidad de Concepción (http://www.eula.cl/), Chile; Rodrigo Díaz, GIPART (GIPART-Grupo de Investigación de la Pesca Artesanal (http://gipart.wordpress.com; Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/gipart) at Universidad Academia de Humanismo Cristiano in Santiago, Chile, and Poland, represented by a freelance consult, Dr. Boguslaw Marciniak.

Associated articles (in progress)
: Transformation of Small-scale Fisheries – Critical Transdisciplinary Challenges; preliminary accepted by Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability (COSUST) Special Issue on Co-Design and Co-Production, on the theme of Small-scale fishers and the challenges of globalization.

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Small-scale fisheries governance in South Africa and Chile

This purpose of this project was to compare South Africa’s and Chile’s experiences on small-scale fisheries governance. We explore similarities and differences between the challenge of resource over-exploitation in the abalone fishery in South Africa and the loco fishery in Chile ‒ both facing unsuccessful fishery closures and TURFs implementation. Project name: ‘Small-scale fisheries governance in South Africa and Chile’.

Period: 2009 and 2010

Financing: Swedish Research Council planning grant and SANORD research grant

Researchers: project leader associate professor Gloria Gallardo together with Maria Hauck. Environmental Evaluation Unit, University of Cape Town.

: project leader associate professor Gloria Gallardo together with Maria Hauck. It also involved Merle Sowman, chair of the Environmental Evaluation Unit, University of Cape Town, and Serge Raemaekers from the Small-scale Fisheries Research & Governance, Environmental and Geographical Sciences Department, as well as Wolfgang Stotz and his PhD candidate from Chile.

Associated articles: Hauck, M. & Gallardo, F. G. L. 2013. ‘Crises in the South African abalone and Chilean loco fisheries: shared challenges and prospects’. Maritime Studies (MAST), 2013, 12:3. Pp.1-20. http://www.maritimestudiesjournal.com/content/12/1/3/

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Co-constructing a Sustainable Fisheries Future through TURF. A comparison between Vietnam and Chile

We aim to compare the adoption of territorial use right for fisheries (TURF) as a solution to confront fisheries crises in Vietnam and Chile, examining their pathways to re-construct towards a sustainable fisheries future. Despite the different material conditions and poverty rankings of Vietnam and Chile, both countries offer an array of transformational dimensions to analyze how global and regional forces interact regarding small-scale fisheries (SSF). SSF fisheries in South Africa will also play an important role in providing a TURF reference case, helping to put the work of the Vietnam and Chile cases into a larger perspective.

Period: 2016-2018

Financing: Swedish Research Link -VR

Researchers: Collaboration  grant to associate professor Gloria Gallardo, CSD, Uppsala University and Dr. Truong Van Tuyen, Hue University of Agriculture and Forestry in Vietnam The other researchers are: Dr.Fred Saunders (as Swedish co-convenor), School of Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies, Södertörn University, Sweden; Dr. Serge Raemaekers;The Small-scale Fisheries Research & Governance, Dept. of Environmental and Geographical Sciences at the University of Cape Town, South Africa; BSc Marcelo Araya; Centro de Ciencias Ambientales (EULA), Universidad de Concepción.

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Theme: Mining and reindeer herding conflicts in the Swedish Subarctic

The purpose of this research project is to analyze reindeer herder’s perceptions on the successive and incremental encroachments that Sami herders are experiencing in connection to global economic processes. The paper discusses the implications of different theoretical and methodological approaches for grasping complex socio-ecological relations through an empirical snapshot of reindeer herding in Subarctic Sweden. The study explores how key concepts and assumptions used within political ecology (PE) and social-ecological systems (SES) approaches converge and diverge when trying to understand the socio-economic relations of reindeer herding based in one and the same study.

Period: 2012-2015

Financing: internal financing.

Researchers: project leader associate professor Gloria Gallardo, co-convenor PhD Fred Saunders (School of Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies, Södertörn University); PhD M. Tuvendal (Stockholm University, Systems ecology Dept.); assistant professor F. van Laerhoven (Utrecht University, Environmental Studies and Policy Section); MSc in Sustainable Development Tatiana Sokolova, and CEFO PhD-candidates M. K. Börebäck (Dept. of Education, Stockholm University) and Suvi Kokko (SLU, Dept. of Economics).

Associated article (in progress): Gallardo F. G. L., F. Saunders, T. Sokolova, K. Börebäck, F. van Laerhoven, S. Kokko; and M. Tuvedal: ´Exploring the Implications of Different Assumptions about the World: An experiment to investigate the socio-ecological relations of reindeer herding in the Sub-Arctic region of Sweden´. Presented at the 5th Nordic Geographers‘ Meeting 2013 in Island https://conference.hi.is/ngm2013

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Network name: People, nature and sustainability network. Environmental humanities, social and natural sciences perspectives on the development of the Arctic and Sub-Arctic region.

Period: 2013-2015

Financing: Swedish Polar Research Secretary.

Researchers: Network support to associate professor Gloria Gallardo, CSD, Uppsala University, together with Fred Saunders (Södertörn University). The project also involves an interdisciplinary group of researchers from different universities.

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Transdisciplinary Research for a Better World

CEMUS Research Forum, CEFO, is an interdisciplinary research forum for PhD students and researchers that focuses on environmental and development studies.



Get associated!

Application form for association can be downloaded here
The completed application form should be sent to Dr. Gloria Gallardo Coordinator of research Studies, Cefo

Cemus Research Forum (Cefo) is an interdisciplinary research seminar for PhD students that focus on broad environment and development-related issues. As a PhD student associated to Cefo you aim to participate actively in Cefo’s research seminars (about 5 seminars per term) and propose activities according to your own research interest. The courses and the seminars are also open for those doctoral students that are not associated to CEFO.

All doctoral students associated to Cefo have the possibility to:
  • Actively participate in Cefo’s research seminars
  • Develop own doctoral courses and seminars, depending on own interest, in which case the student get a time limited position as course coordinator.
  • Take one or more of Cefo’s doctoral courses
  • Present and discuss own research or discuss articles
  • Meet doctoral students from other departments and universities
  • Invite interesting guest speakers
  • Get an interdisciplinary perspective on own research
  • Relate own research to environmental and development issues.
  • Take part in Cefo’s field trips and excursions (both national and international)
The PhD students associated to Cefo have furthermore the possibility to:
  • Receive a small fund to finance a supervisor from another discipline. Read more here, download application form here
  • Invite an external opponent from another discipline. Read more here
  • Apply for Cefo’s travel grants. Read more here and download application form here.

Doctoral Courses

Cefo offers doctoral courses that are open for all PhD-students in Sweden. Since Cemus focuses on developing student influence, all Cefo’s PhD-courses are developed by- or in close collaboration with our PhD students. Our courses focus on environment and development issues, and are an interdisciplinary complement to the courses given at Uppsala University and SLU.

Do you have a vision of the perfect course for you? Contact Gloria Gallardo

Sustainability Seminar CSD-CEFO/NRHU Spring 2015

Sustainability Seminar CSD-CEFO/NRHU
Department of Earth Sciences, Uppsala University
Venue: Baltic Library, CSD Uppsala, Villavägen 16

Spring Schedule 2015

New CEFO & NRHU PhD-Course – Natural Resource Use – November 23-27


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Climate Change Leadership

Doreen Stabinsky is Uppsala University’s first holder of the Zennström Visiting Professorship in Climate Change Leadership. She took up the position on February 1st of this year and is contributing to the establishment of a world-leading node in the area of climate change leadership, that will be unique, both in Sweden and internationally.

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Warmly welcome to the Climate Change Leadership Fall Symposium 2015 -2°C or not 2°C? Wednesday October 28 from 14 to 17 in Hambergssalen, Geocentrum, Villavägen 16, Uppsala.

A World-Leading Node in Climate Change Leadership
With a 10-year series of visiting professorships, Zennström Philanthropies and Uppsala University are enabling the development of an enviromment that will directly address some of the most challenging questions that climate change poses to humanity, develop novel solutions, and enable transformative change in the nexus of science, policy and innovation. The professors will in distinct but mutually reinforcing ways, inspire new research and education and catalyze the much needed action toward a more sustainable future.

Uppsala Centre for Sustainable Development serves as an enabling platform to fully draw upon the breadth of Uppsala University, the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, as well as other relevant partners and stakeholders at the local, national and international levels. Evidence and lessons generated by knowledge co-production between academia and society at large, are drawn on to both enact change and develop innovative approaches for effective and just climate change leadership.


Doreen Stabinsky – Zennström Visiting Professor 2015
Doreen Stabinsky is Professor of Global Environmental Politics at the College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine. Her research, teaching, and writing concern the impacts of climate change, particularly on agriculture and global food security. She also serves as advisor to various governments and international environmental organisations, and has a large international network of collaborators. Doreen stresses the central role that education must play in addressing the growing challenges of climate change and is known for her ability to strengthen young people’s capacity to contribute to a better world. The fact that the focus of the professorship itself was inspired by, and emerged from a student-led course on Climate Change Leadership at CEMUS, makes Doreen a very fitting first holder of the Zennström Visiting Professorship.

Zennström Philanthropies
The professorship is made possible by an earlier donation to Uppsala University by the entrepreneur Niklas Zennström. Zennström, an alumni of Uppsala University and the co-founder of Skype, Kazaa, Joos and other companies, is currently running his own investment firm, Atomico, which invests in innovative technology companies. With a strong commitment to societal issues, through his organisation Zennström Philanthropies, he is contributing to various causes, including climate change research and other initiatives in the area of climate change.

Upcoming events and getting involved
Events this fall include:

Thursday November 5
Open Lecture: Education, Sustainable Development and the challenges of Climate Change
Organized by The Swedish National Committee for Geography & Svenska sällskapet för antropologi och geografi (SSAG). Registration required. More information at: https://www.kva.se/sv/Kalendariumlista/20151/geography-and-education-for-sustainable-development/
13.00-16.00 Beijersalen , Royal Academy of Sciences, Lilla Frescativägen 4A, Stockholm

Sunday November 15
Run 4 Your Life
An afternoon and evening celebrating stories and experiences about climate change, in connection to Run for your life project. In Uppsala and at Uppsala Stadsteater. More information to come!

Wednesday December 16
Seminar: The Paris agreement – What next for Climate Change Leadership?
Uppsala University will be sending a delegation to the climate change negotiations in Paris in December 2015. The students and researchers on the delegation will report back from the meeting and initiate a conversation with participants about local, regional and global leadership on Climate Change. More details to be posted later.
Blåsenhus, Von Kraemers Allé 1, Uppsala

For a list of earlier events visit our archives.

For latest updates on climate change related news and activities in Uppsala and Beyond, visit and join our climate Change Leadership Community.

If you want to learn more or get involved, please don’t hesitate to contact us:

Isak Stoddard
Coordinator and Acting Program Director

Doreen Stabinsky
First Zennström Professor in Climate Change Leadership

Climate Change Leadership and the Zennström Professorship in the Press
Hon ska sätta Uppsala på Klimatkartan, UNT 24, March 23

Invigning och föreläsning med Zennströms gästprofessor Doreen Stabinsky, UU press-release, March 21

Klimatfokus för nyrekryterad gästprofessor, Ergo, Feb 24

Hon Blir första Zennström Professorn, UNT, January 26

Zennströms Climate Professorship to Doreen Stabinsky, UU Press-release, January 26

Stabinsky named to visiting faculty post in Sweden, College of the Atlantic News, January 14, 2015