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Joint PhD seminars on environmental challenges

Research about where nature and society meet, and where environmental crises appear, is being carried out by PhD candidates across Lund University. Although they use different methods and ask different questions, their topics intersect in ways whereby meeting each other can lead to improved understandings, new collaborations, and an enriched research experience.
This joint seminar series is an intellectual meeting place for PhD candidates to discuss in a peer-to-peer setting around topics that many can relate to, albeit from different angles of vision. The goal is not to reach consensus on a concept, but rather to learn from and with each other.

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The format: Each joint seminar consists of a panel of three current PhD candidates. Presenters speak briefly on an aspect of their research that relates to the seminar topic. This is followed by a panel discussion between the three presenters, supported by a moderator and inviting dialogue with the audience.

Upcoming seminars


The remaining programme for 2020 is being prepared and will be presented here shortly.

Registration is required. Please see the right-hand column for more information.

Previous seminars 

April 16th: Uncertainty in decision-making

How does one handle uncertainty in research? Especially when our research questions involve numerous disciplines and complex variables? How can methods and tools help to reduce or embrace uncertainty? And how should uncertainty be communicated when results are designed to be used in decision-making in society? This seminar on uncertainty in decision-making has its starting point in these questions. The invited speakers will each share their perspectives, coming from three different disciplines, but all of whom address some of the big environmental challenges of our time.

Alexandra Pongracz, (Dept of Physical Geography & ClimBEco) seeks to improve how carbon cycling in high latitudes – a process particularly susceptible to climate change – is represented in the LPJ-GUESS model. How is uncertainty presented in her methods and theory, and how can uncertainty be presented in results?
Maria Blasi Romero, (CEC & ClimBEco) takes the perspective of insects and looks at how one can predict pollinator abundance in the future, including extreme events, using scenarios. Uncertainty is inevitable in future scenario building, so how can risk and uncertainty be embraced and communicated to support decision-making?
Soo-Hyun Lee (Faculty of Law & the Agenda 2030 Graduate school) will share how the Sustainable Development Goals and indicators can be a tool for reducing legal uncertainties, thus increasing cohesion between international economic law and sustainable development.


December 5th: Values at the intersection of nature and society

As general reasoning goes, in order to include ‘nature’ in decision-making processes, the functions or services of that ‘nature’ need to be assigned a value in order to be included in making the best possible decision. But exactly what is to be valued, how to assign values and by which societal instruments value is allotted are all questions that need to be better understood, and this is the topic of our seminar. 

Sanna Stålhammar (LUCSUS) How values of nature has been approached within the ecosystem services paradigm as part of assessments, with a specific focus on social values.
William Sidemo Holm (CEC), Cost-effective nature conservation in places where interests of preserving species and food production collide.
Jessika Luth Richter (IIIEE) Value-making in her work on circular economy, looking at policy instruments for closing material loops and how stakeholders conceptualise and capture economic and non-economic value.

October 17th: Nature-based solutions to societal problems

Nature-based solutions from three different angles. 
Terese Thoni (CEC) is up-close with IPCC/policy-makers, Lovisa Nilsson (CEC) considers regional stakeholders and Stephen Woroniecki (LUCSUS) includes climate vulnerable groups, each in their research on nature-based solutions in relation to climate change (Terese and Stephen) and sustainable agriculture (Lovisa). The red thread of their topics is this: Nature-based solutions are generally seen as ‘good ideas’ for solving problems in the world, but we need to explore the complexity of applying them in our current structures of society. What are the complexities about nature-based solutions from your research point of view? 


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About the joint PhD seminar series

The seminar series is conducted by and for PhD students at Lund University, primarily directed towards PhD students from the organizing partners. It is a joint initiative by ClimBEco, CEC, LUCSUS, IIIEE and the Agenda 2030 graduate school.

PhD candidates from other institutions, faculties and departments, as well as advanced master-level student, are welcome to attend as space allows.

Registration is required.

Links to organizing partners' websites (new tab):  

Graduate Research School ClimBEco

Centre for Environmental and Climate Research CEC

Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies LUCSUS

International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics IIIEE

Agenda 2030 Graduate School

Contact person:
Cheryl Sjöström, Project manager of ClimBEco
cheryl [dot] sjostrom [at] cec [dot] lu [dot] se

Centre for Environmental and Climate Research, CEC

Sölvegatan 37
223 62 Lund, Sweden

Visiting address
The Ecology Building, Sölvegatan 37, Lund

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