Our staff (Faculty, Staff and other members)
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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. 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 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 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 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, and of a process tool for scaling innovations. 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 is an Economist and a PhD in Intellectual History and 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 e.g. human ecology, ecological economics, and political ecology. Eva is also adjunct professor at 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 he joined SWEDESD in 2010, he 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 got a particular interest 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 theory, planning theory and educational theory.
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.
Anna Skoog is currently working as national coordinator for Education for Sustainable Development in Sweden. Her role is to coordinate, stimulate and follow up national efforts within ESD. She has a bachelor degree in European Studies from Gothenburg University which included a semester as an intern at the Swedish National Commission for UNESCO. She also studied peace and conflict, religion and critical studies. In parallel to her academic work she has been an ambassador for Agenda 2030 on behalf of United Nations Association in Sweden.
Shepherd Urenje joined SWEDESD in 2010 and works as a Programme Specialist in formal education. He studied Developmental 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 support in teaching and learning within and among countries in Scandinavia, Africa and Asia. Shepherds expertise includes implementing strategies of learning for change, strategies that develop skills and competences for sustainable development. He now works within the EduBalt project and Campus Gotland ESD Learning Lab.