Our staff (Faculty, Staff and other members)
Sanna has a master’s degree in Environment, Politics and Development and has previously been working at the Centre for Environment and Development Studies (CEMUS), and the Unit for Academic Teaching and Learning at Uppsala University. She has many years of experience of working with active student participation in higher education. At SWEDESD, Sanna is planning, coordinating, and implementing activities within Campus Gotland ESD Learning Lab. She also represents SWEDESD as an environmental coordinator at Uppsala University.
Stefan Bengtsson is currently working as a researcher focusing on issues of sustainability in education. He has been national coordinator for ESD in Sweden and is currently deputy link convenor for the Environmental and Sustainability Education network of the European Education Research Association, and part of the T-Learning research project. In parallel to his academic work, he has been providing technical assistance to international efforts to address sustainability and gender issues in education, in particular in the East and South-East Asian context. Stefans research interest is focused on understanding the conditions of possibility of change in and through education and learning.
Thao has a master's degree in Entrepreneurship from Uppsala University. Before joining SWEDESD, she worked in Vietnam for more than four years as project manager and consultant within the fields of education, communication and market research with a sustainability focus. At SWEDESD, she contributes to the planning and implementation of EU-funded research projects, including BONUS MIRACLE and BONUS RETURN, as well as the development of new research proposals and research networks. Her focus lies on design and facilitation of stakeholder co-inquiry and co-learning processes, development of innovative methods for stakeholder engagement. Thao works with Re-Solve process tool for scaling innovations and facilitates commissioned education on scaling. Another part of her work is fostering cooperation on research and education for sustainable development with different partners in Vietnam and the Mekong region.
Eva Friman has a background in economics and holds a PhD in Intellectual History and is the director of SWEDESD since 2015. Her research focuses on global equity and ecological sustainability from ecological economic and political ecological perspectives, and, since recently, also transformative learning. She has been a transdisciplinary researcher and lecturer for some 20 years, within for example human ecology, ecological economics, and political ecology. Eva is also an adjunct professor at the Sustainability Research Center at the University of the Sunshine Coast in Australia. At SWEDESD, Eva participates in the Re-Set research project.
Alexander has a background in economics, with an emphasis on environmental economics. Before joining SWEDESD in 2010, Alexander worked at a County Administration Board and at the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency. At SWEDESD, his main task include trainings and certain commissioned research linked to learning processes outside the formal education system. This includes learning that takes place in collaborative governance settings or deliberative planning processes. He is particularly interested in how learning in such processes influence people’s preferences, and in how process leaders balance the partly conflicting demands put on them in democratic, planning and educational theory. Alexander is one of the developers of the Inquiry Based Approach (IBA).
Viktor Jacobsson has a bachelor’s degree in Biology at Uppsala University with a special focus in conservation biology. His professional background is in graphic design and communication and he is now working as a web editor at SWEDESD where he is responsible for external communication, graphic production and technical support.
Josefin has a background in political and environmental science. Previous roles include project coordination and communication work in nonprofit organisations, at SIDA and wind power at Uppsala University. At SWEDESD, Josefin works primarily with projects that are connected to Gotland. They concern activities at Uppsala University Campus Gotland, such as the seminar series Sustainability Talks and coordination of the ESD Learning Lab, but also external cooperation around Agenda 2030 with Region Gotland and the County Administrative Board on Gotland.
Martin Mickelsson is conducting his PhD in Environmental and Sustainability Education studying questions of scaling ESD-activities as learning processes. He is working as part of the Re-Solve team facilitating workshops on scaling in South Africa, Ecuador and Sweden. In addition to the topic of his thesis, Martin also has a research interest in education regarding antibiotic resistance as a sustainability challenge. He is furthermore the coordinator for TRUST seminar that invites researchers, practitioners and PhD-students to contribute to a transdisciplinary scholarly environment.
Plummer, Paul, master thesis student
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Paul is a master’s student in Sustainable Development at Uppsala University, with an academic background in philosophy. Paul joined SWEDESD as an intern in 2018 and is now writing a thesis project in contribution to the research project Wicked Problems and Urban Sustainability Transition. Paul’s project will investigate learning processes within sustainability transition initiatives in Gothenburg.
Neil Powell is Professor of Sustainable Development with the Sustainability Research Centre (SRC) at the University of the Sunshine Coast, and Guest Professor at SWEDESD. He is also a Senior Research Associate at the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI). Neil’s research, training and development action is geared towards addressing intractable issues and resource dilemmas in the context water resources and governance. His present research examines governance inefficiencies and ambiguities in contexts characterised by abrupt environmental change and controversy. Neil is currently acting research leader at SWEDESD and responsible for BONUS RETURN and BONUS MIRACLE research projects, and SWEDEDS's coming master program.
Routier, Paula, praktikant
Paula has a bachelor’s degree in nursing at the University of Girona (Universitat de Girona) in Spain, and is currently finishing her master’s degree in Global Health at Gothenburg University. At SWEDESD, her main tasks revolve around developing and accessing evaluations of the projects carried out at the organization and co-coordinating the TRUST research seminars.
Anna Skoog works as the coordinator for the UNESCO Global Action Programme (GAP) on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) in Sweden where her role is to stimulate and follow up national efforts within ESD. Anna has a bachelor’s degree in European Studies from Gothenburg University, and has also taken courses in peace and conflict, religion and critical studies. Aside from her academic studies she has been an ambassador for Agenda 2030 on behalf of United Nations Association in Sweden as well as done an internship at the Swedish National Commission for UNESCO.
Shepherd Urenje joined SWEDESD in 2010 and works as a Programme Specialist in relation to formal education. He studied Development Education at the University of London, United Kingdom, and got a professional background in teaching environmental science and development education in Zimbabwe and the UK. Shepherd coordinates ESD support in teaching and learning. Shepherd’s expertise includes implementing strategies of learning for change, strategies that develop skills and competences for sustainable development. He now facilitates the EduBalt and EduBUP Courses and Campus Gotland ESD Learning Lab and coordinates the Partner Network of UNESCO GAP on ESD Action Area 3 Building Capacities of Educators and Trainers.
Martin Westin is a facilitator and process designer at SWEDESD, and currently a PhD student at the Division of Environmental communication at Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. His previous experience includes over 15 years work with participatory planning processes and change processes in Sweden and abroad. Martins research and practice interest revolves around the role of facilitation in multi-stakeholder collaboration in view of transforming complex, contested and uncertain sustainability situations. Martin facilitates commissioned education and workshops with Swedish municipalities that are engaging in citizen dialogues. He also teaches at the Master programme in Environmental communication at SLU. Martin is one of the developers of the process tool the Inquiry Based Approach (IBA).
Susanne has a background in project management and a bachelor degree’s in European Studies at the former Gotland University (present Uppsala University). She works at SWEDESD since 2009 as a coordinator of worskhops, conferences and seminars. Her ambition is to create events with a clear sustainability perspective. Susanne is also coordinating the work within UNESCO Global Action Programme (GAP) on ESD: Priority Action Area 4 "Empowering and mobilizing youth".