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 in 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 and is a Program director for MISTRA Environmental Communication – Reframing communication for sustainability.
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).
Oleksandra Khalaim, PhD, is graduated in Economics (2006), master’s degree in Economics (2007), master’s degree in Environmental Sciences (2010), and Ph.D. in Ecology and Environmental Sciences (2017). She got university teaching experience in Ecology and Sustainable Development study courses for 6 years in Ukraine and Sweden. Her current research interests include education for sustainable development, climate change education and transformative learning methods in higher education, climate change adaptation and management of urban green areas. Oleksandra has been conducting a line of post-doctoral research since September 2019 at SWEDESD. Currently she is undertaking a post doctoral research on climate and mental health among staff and students at Uppsala University Campus Gotland.
Martin Mickelsson conducted his PhD in Environmental and Sustainability Education studying questions of scaling ESD-activities as learning processes. Martin's current research interests focus on antimicrobial resistance as a sustainability challenge and a topic of education. In 2021, Martin started a postdoc project funded by the Swedish Research Council to study approaches to, and conditions for, antimicrobial resistance education among health practitioners. The project is conducted in collaboration with University of Zimbabwe and Rhodes University. Martin is part of UGHRIS (Uppsala Global Health Research on Implementation and Sustainability) research group and has also been working with the development of a scaling tool for projects and innovations as part of the Re-Solve team. He has also facilitated a commissioned education in Sweden on scaling of sustainability projects.
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 SWEDEDS's coming master program.
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 ESD Courses in Higher Education in the Baltic Sea Region and Campus Gotland ESD Learning Lab. He also coordinates the Partner Network of UNESCO GAP on ESD Action Area 3 Building Capacities of Educators and Trainers and Capacity Development for Agenda 2030 in Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Max Whitman has a master's degree in Enviromental Communication and Management from SLU - Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. In 2021, Max started a PHD-project within MISTRA Environmental Communication research programme to explore how communicative practices and knowledge co-creation can support systems thinking and action in relation to natural resources with a special focus on wildfires in Australia and Sweden.