Guests & Contributors


Guest and contributors will be posted as they are confirmed.

Kevin Anderson [Visiting Professor in Climate Change Leadership Uppsala University and Professor of Energy and Climate Change University of Manchester – UK & Sweden]

Kevin Anderson is the second visiting professor in climate change leadership at Uppsala University and one of the leading climate scientists in the U.K. He is Professor of Energy and Climate Change at the University of Manchester and Deputy Director at the renowned Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research. Kevin is a well-known and established researcher within climate change science who engages frequently with policy-makers, the private sector, civil society as well as the media. He has pioneered research on carbon budgets and pathways to acceptable mitigation levels. His work on the technical, social and economic interactions involved in the transformation of energy systems and the mitigation and adaptation to climate change, address questions at the core of the professorship’s theme. Kevin is a prominent thinker, writer and communicator who currently building on and expanding the work of the first visiting professor in climate change leadership, Doreen Stabinsky.

https://kevinanderson.info/


Vanessa Andreotti [Professor Canada Research Chair in Race, Inequalities and Global Change the University of British Columbia – Canada]

Vanessa Andreotti’s research examines historical and systemic patterns of reproduction of inequalities and how these limit or enable possibilities for collective existence and global change. Her publications in this field include analyses of political economies of knowledge production, discussions of the ethics of international development, and critical comparisons of ideals of globalism and internationalization in education and in global activism, with an emphasis on representations of and relationships with marginalized communities. Her work in teacher education conceptualizes education as an expansion of frames of reference and of fields of signification with a view to expanding possibilities for ethical solidarities. Her academic work is committed to protecting the public role of the university as critic and conscience of society and as a space of independent, multi-voiced, critically informed and socially accountable debates about alternative futures.


Jan van Boeckel [Artist-educator, Researcher and Film-maker – The Netherlands & Estonia]

janvanboeckelJan van Boeckel is a passionate artist-educator, engaged researcher and film-maker. Currently, he is professor in art pedagogy at the Estonian Academy of Arts in Tallinn. Previously, Jan was program director in design theory at the Iceland Academy of the Arts in Reykjavik. Together with others, Jan established the international research group on arts-based environmental education at Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture in Helsinki. In 2013, he presented his doctoral thesis: At the Heart of Art and Earth. Educated as an anthropologist, one of Jan’s areas of interest and concern are the world-views and environmental philosophies of indigenous peoples. Together with film-making group ReRun Productions, he produced a series of documentaries on this theme, as well as films on philosophers such as Jacques Ellul and Arne Naess, who provide a critical analysis of the Western way of life. These films include, among others: The Earth is Crying (1987), It’s Killing the Clouds (1992), The Betrayal by Technology (1992), and The Call of the Mountain (1997).

http://janvanboeckel.wordpress.com and www.naturearteducation.org


Jonna Bornemark [Associate Professor and Senior Lecturer Philosophy Södertörn University – Sweden]

Jonna Bornemark, lecturer in philosophy at Södertörn University, has researched the boundaries of knowledge and science. In 2018 she publised the book Pedanternas Världsherravälde, A philosophical renaissance critique of the measurability society (Volante). In the magazine 10TAL’s issue – Enchantment No. 26, on Disenchantment and Enchantment published in 2017, she wrote the thematic essay “Återupprättelse för det Levande” that deals with the disenchanted world we live in, a world that has much learn from the enchanted.


Níels Einarsson [Director Stefansson Arctic Institute in Akureyri – Iceland]

Níels Einarsson is an anthropologist and Director of the Stefansson Arctic Institute in Akureyri, Iceland. His main professional interests include the social, cultural and environmental dimensions of marine resource governance; climate change, whale watching and whaling in Iceland, and North Atlantic Arctic sustainability and social change issues. He has led and participated in numerous international research and scientific assessment projects with a focus on the circumpolar region, including co-editing the first Arctic Human Development Report, and as Co-PI on the current ARCPATH and GREENICE projects, with the primary goal of investigating environmental and social change in Arctic coastal communities.


Lovísa Eiríksdóttir [PhD Researcher Department of Business Studies Uppsala University – Sweden & Iceland]

Lovísa’s research is about sustainability and ethics in management and economic education. Her main interest is to explore how philosophy can help bridge the gap between sustainability and economics/business and how social science could benefit from looking at sustainability as method of thinking and deciding – sustainability as ‘a frame of mind’. The main objective is to understand how management and economic researchers/teachers view the combination of sustainability and economics/business by making an analysis of ESD (Education for Sustainable Development) ideas combined with philosophical ideas about judgement and responsibility on the researchers’/teachers’ perceptions. Lovísa has a bachelor degree in economics and a master degree in ethics, both from the University of Iceland. In addition, she has a master degree in Sustainable Management from Uppsala University. She has been teaching business ethics in the University of Iceland, worked in the energy industry and as a journalist in Iceland. Before she started her PhD at Uppsala University she worked as a research assistant at SWEDESD, International Center of Education for Sustainable Development.


Anja Fjellgren Walkeapää [Student and Youth council president Sametinget – Sweden]

The Sami people are very concerned about the climate change, especially the young generation. We do not know how it will affect our land, water or animals. How the environment we live in will change and be affected.

I am 25 years old, and living in Umeå at the moment. My domicile of origin is in the West of Härjedalen in a reindeer herding family. I am studying for a Masters in Forestry at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences SLU in Umeå. I am on the board of Sametinget (Same parliament) youth council as president. I am also a member of WSY – WWF Sweden Youth.


Garland [Musician and Artist – Sweden]

In my music project Garland, I work with mixing organic sounds and digital tools, mainly by live-sampling the viola, percussion and voice. A key factor in the live-sampling performance is the possibility for the audience to trace the growth of the arrangement as it develops, resulting in a mindful listening, hearing the details in the full arrangement. Also, the inevitable possibility of accidents and errors mean that such improvisations become part of the composition. Lyrically, while the project often touches on personal topics of relationships, it also reflects my concerns as a human being in a world where image is becoming more important than identity, and where the same old stories abound, while stories about our interdependence and common fate are more or less neglected.

https://soundcloud.com/garlandgarland


Diego Galafassi [Writer, Producer and Director Fasad Film – Sweden]

Diego Galafassi (Ph.D.) is a writer, producer and director of documentaries, experimental cinema and performances at Fasad Film, an arthouse in Stockholm concerned with telling stories artistically for social change. Diego’s research at Stockholm Resilience Centre focuses on the role of knowledge and artistic practices in transformations towards sustainability.


Karim-Yassin Goessinger [Founder CILAS – Egypt]

Karim-Yassin Goessinger is founder of the self-sufficient scholarly cooperative Cairo Institute of Liberal Arts and Sciences CILAS. He studied political philosophy and urbanism in the Netherlands, Brazil and France. Prior to setting up CILAS, he worked with different development agencies in Latin America and the Middle East in fields including micro-finance, informal housing and local governance. At CILAS, he has coordinated the fields of study Social Sciences and Humanities, and has directed the yearlong study programme in the liberal arts between 2013 and 2016. In addition, he has convened courses on the sociology of space and gender at the American University in Cairo. He recently published an edited volume on the emergence of Pigeon Towers – a metaphor used to describe CILAS-like learning environments. A Dalai Lama and Donella Meadows Fellow, he enjoys martial arts, world music and tea.


Anita Goldman [Journalist and Author – Sweden]

Anita Goldman is a journalist and author and a long-standing deputy of Israeli social life and Israeli culture, and the woman’s position in a man-dominated society. For many years, with passion and dedication she has participated in the social and cultural debate as a writer and debater. She examines the authenticity and examines the established truths – and she does not shy away from asking the difficult questions. Nor is she contemptuous or complex, whether it concerns the most enveloped “truths” of women’s movement, our ambiguous relationship with Holocaust, immigration and racism, climate issues or the question of who has “right” in today’s most rewritten political conflict, the between Israelis and Palestinians.


Jonas Gren [Poet, Journalist, Scholar and Editor 10-TAL – Sweden]

Jonas Gren lives in Stockholm. Author of three books of poetry in Swedish (partly translated to English): Antropocen/ Anthropocene (in press, 2016), Överallt ska jag vara i centrum/ Everywhere I shall be in the centre, (2015), and Lantmäteriet/Land Survey (2014). Jonas is a journalist at Klimatmagasinet Efekt, a Swedish magazine on climate change and society, and a Master student at Stockholm Resilience Center, focusing on narratives in the Anthropocene.


Jamila Haider [Post-Doctoral Researcher Stockholm Resilience Center – Sweden]

Jamila Haider is a post-doctoral researcher studying resilience and development at the Stockholm Resilience Centre. Her research looks specifically at development as a process of coevolution where ecosystems and people are deeply intertwined. Jamila is co-author of the 2016 World’s best cookbook “With Our Own Hands: A celebration of food and life in the Pamir Mountains of Afghanistan and Tajikistan.” Participatory processes, particularly around food are a key approach to her work, to break down traditional power structures and transcend barriers between science, art and development practice. She worked as a development practitioner from 2009-2011 in Central Asia and Afghanistan.


Henrik Hallgren [Activist, storyteller and Educator – Sweden]

Henrik Hallgren is an eco-activist, storyteller and educator in ecopsychology. As such, he roams in the borderlands between politics, spirituality, ecology, poetry, and philosophy. In all his work, Henrik proceeds from the starting point and the conviction that climate change and other ecological crises is a symptom of a broader “culture of disconnection” and that we as a society has to involve in a deep cultural therapy to heal the relationship between humans and the rest of nature. Henrik is founder of Lodyn – a non-governmental organization and think tank engaged in ecopsychology, nature awareness and activism. He is author of several books such as “Det gröna skiftet” and “Jordens ande” and has an academic background in archaeology, social anthropology and museology.

Anna Karin Hammar [Priest and Scholar – Sweden]

Anna Karin Hammar is a priest in Church of Sweden since ordination in 1975 and wrote her thesis in 2009 on The Mystery of Creation, The Sacrament of Creation, theology of baptism in the encounter of situation and tradition.


Hayahm [Musician – Sweden and Australia]

Hayahm was trained as a Rachmaninoff-loving classical pianist, who then started and led a politically-oriented alternative rock band. In his third incarnation, he combines this and more and plays the guitar like a piano. He holds a half-finished music composition degree and a self-published book of poems.


Dougald Hine [Writer, Dark Mountain Project – Sweden & UK]

dougaldhineI’m a writer who gets easily distracted. I sometimes start organisations as a way to avoid finishing books. I grew up in Darlington, worked as a radio journalist in Sheffield, got dragged to London by an internet startup and was eventually rescued by a Swedish woman who I met at a festival in the middle of the forest. These days, I spend part of my time working with Riksteatern, the Swedish national theatre, as leader of artistic and audience development. I also help run Dark Mountain, the journal and network that Paul Kingsnorth and I started in 2009.

https://medium.com/@dougald/


Jens Holm [Member of the Swedish Parliament – Sweden]

Jens Holm is a member of the Swedish Parliament (Riksdagen) since October 2010, representing the Swedish Left Party. Between 2006-2009 I was a Member of the European Parliament. In the Riksdag he works with issues dealing with climate change, global justice and animal rights.


Anna-Maria Hällgren [Artistic Researcher – Sweden]

Anna-Maria Hällgren holds a PhD in art history and explores undisciplined ways of thinking and doing, within academia and beyond. She analyzes the connection and overlapping practices between art and scholarship through a wide range of formats and techniques, such as sculpture and collage, drawing and writing. Recently a postdoc researcher at the Department of Culture and Aesthetics, Stockholm university, she is currently taking her academic research about non/anthropocentric notions of being in new directions through practice-led methodologies as an artist in residence at Can Serrat, El Bruc.


Sachiko Ishihara [Course Coordinator at CEMUS – Sweden & Japan]

Sachiko Ishihara is a Course Coordinator at CEMUS (Centre for Environment & Development Studies) at Uppsala University and SLU. Working with the undergraduate course ‘Global Challenges & Sustainable Futures’ for the fourth time this year, she is excited to bring some questions from this course to Climate Existence. Extremely intrigued by the art of facilitation, the main questions that drives her now are: How do we imagine and talk about ‘sustainable futures’ that is exciting and visionary, rather than it being about disasters to avoid? Where do you see seeds and spaces of hope?


Per Johansson [Consultant, Writer, Speaker and Radio Producer – Sweden]

Per started out as an enthusiast for snakes, the more venomous and dangerous the better. He thought he was going to be a zoologist. But life had other plans. Some rather disorienting experiences of a decidedly esoteric kind made it necessary for him to delve into the world of the mind, rather than that of nature. After a while he realised that mind and nature must be the same, in some strange way. What to do? Well, he avoided the university as much as possible, even though he had come some way in the study of the history of science and ideas. For a living, he worked among the sick and deranged for quite a few years. Sometimes he wrote an article for some national newspaper. He was suddenly and unexpectedly called back to the university at the rather mature age of 38, being offered a teaching position in human ecology at Lund University. He then went on to get a PhD in the same subject, eventually finishing a thesis called The Lure of Origins. For a while he was a senior lecturer and researcher in Lund. In 2003 he started, with cognitive scientist and interaction designer Simon Winter, the think tank Infontology, which studies and comments on the ways in which ubiquitous digitalisation affects society and culture. At last, in 2007, he left the university and now navigates the postmodern entrepreneurial mess as a free agent – a consultant, a writer, a speaker, a maker of radio programmes, and an enthusiastic collaborator with various artists. Now and then he also works as an independent expert for the European Commission on matters of culture. His pod radio shows with well known culture journalist Eric Schüldt, Människan och maskinen (for Swedish National Radio), Kunskapens träd and Myter & Mysterier (independent) have acquired something of a cult status in Sweden, among people from all walks of life.


Anna Kaijser [Researcher the Department for Thematic Studies: Environmental Change Linköping University – Sweden]

Anna Kaijser work as a researcher at the Department for Thematic Studies: Environmental Change at Linköping University, and as deputy director of The Seed Box Environmental Humanities Collaboratory, a research program funded by Mistra and Formas. In her own work, she uses feminist intersectional and post-colonial theory to study how environmental and climate issues are framed and acted upon in relation to dynamics of power, in politics, policymaking and activism.


Mikael Kurkiala [Author and Researcher, the Swedish Church, Associate Professor of Cultural Anthropology at Uppsala University – Sweden]

Mikael Kurkiala is an Associate Professor of Cultural Anthropology at Uppsala University and earned his Ph.D. with a thesis on the Oglala Lakota people on the Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota. He has also been active in the debate on honor related violence. Kurkiala is the author of two books and has participated in several anthologies on existential issues in contemporary society. Today he is a researcher at the Central Church office where he acts, among other things, as the editor for the annually published publication Signs of the Times (Artos).


Marie Kvarnström [Biologist Swedish Biodiversity Centre, CBM, SLU – Sweden]

Marie Kvarnström is a Swedish biologist at the Swedish Biodiversity Centre, mother of two sons, and an environmental activist. She has worked for the past 30 years in Sweden and internationally (in Southern Africa, India and Latin America) with caring for ecosystems based on local and traditional knowledge of biological diversity. Current interests are the importance of a close relationship between people and the places where we live with all their living beings, how we can assume responsibility for everything we do, and what constitutes a “Good Life”. She has a life-long love for all more-than-human beings.


Marika Lagercrantz [Actress, Director and Chair of KLYS – Sweden]

Marika Lagercrantz is a well-known name on the Swedish theater scene, as well as in film and television. Marika joined and started the free theater group Jordcirkus in 1977, with which she played for more than ten years, dramatized and directed sets and touring in Sweden, Europe and the United States. She has worked at the Stockholm City Theater, Riksteatern and Dramaten, and has participated in many 80’s film and television productions, including the Dream of Rita, Lust and Fame, Emma prosecutors and Men who hate women. In 2011-2014, Marika was a cultural council at the Swedish Embassy in Berlin, and since 2015 she is chairman of KLYS (Artistic and Literary Professionals’ Cooperation Committee).


Hans Landeström [Licensed psychologist – Sweden]

In treating people with stress-related illness, I have seen how spending time in gardens, English landscape parks and the wilderness brings relief and healing to persons suffering from stress, exhaustion, anxiety, depression and trauma. Contact with the outdoors – in body, soul and spirit – regenerates our ability to work, love and feel happiness. As an environmentally active psychologist, I have conducted research on therapeutic experiences of nature, taught ecotherapy, and continue to offer outdoor therapy sessions – all in order to awaken and cultivate our love of nature, because it is much easier to care about what we love.


Renee Lertzman [Climate, Energy and Environment Consultant, Engagement Strategist and Researcher – US]

Having pioneered the bridging of psychological research and sustainability for more 20 years, Dr. Renee Lertzman gracefully marries the worlds of academia and practice. She does this by translating complex psychological and social science research insights into clear, applied and profound tools for organizations around the world seeking to engage, mobilize and connect with diverse populations, communities and individuals. Her unique and integrated approach brings together the best of the behavioral sciences, social sciences and innovative design sciences to create a powerful approach to engagement and social change. Renee is an internationally recognized thought leader and adviser, and works with organizations, professionals, and practitioners from government, business, philanthropic, and non-governmental sectors to design research tools, brand strategy, trainings, workshops, engagement practices, and strategies suited for the uniquely challenging nature of environmental work.

http://reneelertzman.com


Hans Liljenström [Professor Biometry, SLU and Director Agora for Biosystems – Sweden]

Hans Liljenström is a professor in Biometry, with focus on theoretical biology and biophysics. At SLU he’s primarily teaching systems analysis and mathematics, but he’s also teaching at various CEMUS courses and doctoral courses at Uppsala University. In addition, he’s the director of Agora for Biosystems, an international research center at the Sigtuna Foundation. My work has so far resulted in some 150 publications in various international journals, conference proceedings, and books. He’s research includes mathematical modeling of biological systems and processes at different levels, in particular network dynamics and more specifically mesoscopic neurodynamics. Recent work includes neurocognitive models of decision making, with relevance to societal transition processes. He’s also interested in the human nature and human-nature interaction. Hans Liljenström have throughout the years been involved in interdiscipinary research, primarily between physics, mathematics and biology, but also between natural and social sciences, as well as with various disciplines in the humanities. He has organized a large number of symposia, primarily at the Sigtuna Foundation, on the dialogue between science and the humanities, focusing on world views and philosophy of life.


Eva Lövbrand [Associate Professor the Department for Thematic Studies: Environmental Change Linköping University – Sweden]

Eva Lövbrand work as an Associate Professor at the Department for Thematic Studies: Environmental Change at Linköping University. Her research revolves around the ideas, knowledge systems and expert practices that inform environmental politics and governance. Climate change has served as her prime empirical example, but in recent years she has also explored how the Anthropocene is construed, narrated and acted upon as a political problem.

Alejandro Marcos-Valls [Predoctoral Researcher at Institute for Environmental Science and Technology, Autonomous University of Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) – Spain]

Navigating around topics such as social and ecological metabolism, multi-scale integrated assessment, political ecology and industrial ecology, Alejandro Marcos-Valls is currently researching about how to better use ‘science for governance’ in small (Mediterranean) islands in the context of climate change. In a moment where ‘we’ aim to measure the unmeasurable and citizens/voters claim for guarantees while facing uncertainty and complex issues, his research is trying to create and study integrated scenarios for participation, deliberation, and decision-making based in the MuSIASEM approach (Multi-Scale Integrated Analysis of Societal and Ecosystem Metabolism). He also enjoy working as an educator and which he has done in different capacities in Spain, Sweden, and Ireland, and in several projects related to gender, sustainability, and ICT’s mainly in Spain but also in Mexico and Nicaragua.


Viveca Mellegård [Creative Producer Stockholms Resilience Center – Sweden]

Before coming to the Stockholm Resilience Centre, Viveca Mellegård was a director and producer at the BBC and Discovery Networks, making science, history and arts programmes for over a decade. She moved to Stockholm to study for a MSc in Social Ecological Resilience for Sustainable Development in 2013. At SRC and SwedBio Viveca continues to bring her skills and experiences from film alongside a growing knowledge base and practice within the field of development. She uses film and photography as a way of delving into knowledge and insights that other research methods might not capture and, as tools to engage with and build understanding between researchers and communities. The visuals complement research processes and can unearth new perspectives and questions that are valuable for sustainability science and resilience thinking. The films and photos also aim to communicate complex science and tell stories that engage people’s heads and hearts and help shift mindsets towards a more equitable development of humans and nature.

http://graid.earth/graid-documentary-film-coming-soon-majang-cultivating-a-resilient-food-future-for-the-people-of-the-forest/


Ayşem Mert [Associate Senior Lecturer Stockholm University – Sweden]

Ayşem Mert is Associate Senior Lecturer at the Department of Political Science, Stockholm University, where she explores the discourses of democracy, development and environment, particularly in transnational governance. Her research interests include climate adaptation, fictive/non-fictive, official/unofficial narratives on nature, eco-criticism, and the Anthropocene. She is the author of Environmental Governance through Partnerships: A discourse theoretical study and co-editor of Public–Private Partnerships for Sustainable Development: Emergence, Influence and Legitimacy as well as articles in Environmental Values, Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning, and Global Policy among others.


Astrid Ogilvie [Fellow, Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR) University of Colorado at Boulder and Senior Scientist, Stefansson Arctic Institute, Akureyri – US & Iceland]

Astrid Ogilvie is a climate historian and human ecologist. Her overarching career goal is to build bridges between the arts, humanities, and the natural sciences, in order to foster interdisciplinary cross-fertilization. Her current research interests focus primarily on climatic and socio-ecological changes in Arctic coastal communities and she co-leads the Nordic Centre of Excellence project Arctic Climate Predictions: Pathways to Resilient, Sustainable Societies (ARCPATH). She also leads The Natural World in Literary and Historical Sources from Iceland ca. AD 800 to 1800 (ICECHANGE). Other projects include The Mývatn District of Iceland: Sustainability, Environment and Change ca. AD 1700 to 1950 (MYSEAC) and The Foundations of Map-Making and Geography in Iceland. She is the author of some 100 scientific papers and two edited books. She is a Senior Scientist at the Stefansson Arctic Institute, a Fellow of INSTAAR at the University of Colorado and Adjunct Professor at Hunter College, the City University of New York and Royal Roads University, Canada.

http://instaar.colorado.edu/people/directorate.html#a_ogilvie
http://www.svs.is/en/about-us/staff


Jeroen Oomen [Doctoral Candidate and Early Stage Researcher RCC and Deutsches Museum – Germany, US & the Netherlands]

Jeroen Oomen is trained in philosophy, sociology and political science, with a particular interest in questions of equality and justice, environment and climate change. He holds a B.A. (2011) and M.A. (2013) in Philosophy from the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and a M.Sc. (summa cum laude, 2016) in International Relations and Diplomacy at the University of Antwerpen. He joined the RCC and Deutsches Museum in October 2015 as a doctoral candidate and Early Stage Researcher (ESR) of the ENHANCE ITN. Jeroen Oomen divides his time between the Deutsches Museum and the RCC, and was a visiting fellow at Harvard University in the Winter and Spring of 2017. His PhD-research entails a sociohistorical study of the sociotechnical development of climate engineering, focusing on case studies of the SPP-1689 in Germany and the David Keith Group, at Harvard University.


Mark Palermo [Artist, Psychiatrist and Neurologist]

Mark Palermo is an assemblage artist and painter and a psychiatrist and neurologist. In 2013 he conceptualized Agricubismo, an approach which underscores time, slowness, calm and attention to the world. In an ongoing sensory and synesthetic search he “finds” and collects discarded “things” in forests, on trails or in urban settings, assembling them, and trans-forming shapes to metaphorically signify that all can re-live. He is a founding member of the Law, Art and Behavior Foundation and, as a clinical researcher, has spent the past fourteen years fighting medicalization of childhood via martial arts based approaches to commonly diagnosed clinical conditions and critical writings in the field of developmental criminology.


Dan-Erik Sahlberg [Program Director and Musician – Sweden]

Dan-Erik Sahlberg is program director at Sigtunastiftelsen and a musicians.
 
 
 


Caroline Schill [Post-Doctoral Researcher Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences – Sweden]

Caroline Schill (PhD in Sustainability Science) is a post-doctoral researcher studying human behaviour and collective action in relation to environmental change at the Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. She is interested in questions such as how we perceive and respond to environmental change and inherent uncertainties, and, in turn, how do these responses shape collective action towards sustainability. In her work, Caroline uses behavioural experiments both in the lab (with students) and the field (non-students), as a means to directly observe and study individual and collective behaviour in the contexts of specific human-environment interactions and scenarios of change.


Adam Sébire [Filmmaker and Researcher]

While working as a documentary filmmaker for Australian television on Tuvalu in 2004 Adam Sébire grappled with the problem of presenting ‘visible evidence’ of climate change. Eventually this same problem of visual representation led him to his current practice-based PhD at the University of New South Wales’ Faculty of Art & Design in Australia (though he is based in Europe). His thesis explores the potential of video art to bridge spatio-temporal and sensorial disjunctures between — for example — emissions of invisible gases here & now and their effect elsewhere & ‘elsewhen’. In a parallel project he works with climate scientists’ thermographic cameras which ‘see’ heat in the infra-red spectrum, creating images suggestive of a non-human perspective on anthropogenic warming.


Erika Sigvardsdotter [Human Geographer and Senior Lecturer of Social Sciences the Swedish Red Cross University College – Sweden]

Erika Sigvardsdotter is a human geographer and senior lecturer of social sciences at the Swedish Red Cross University College. Her main research themes concerns issues of migranthood and processes of integration.


Pia Skoglund [Lecturer and Writer Ecophilosophy Karlstad University – Sweden]

Pia Skoglund has been teaching and writing from an Eco philosophic perspective for many years – mainly at Karlstad University but also in other fora. Her focus seems to circle around humans understood as diverse, manifold beings and the possibility for – and relevance of – meaningful emancipating action in relation to an evolutionary/ complex/active world. In that process, it seems that many of the philosophical questions that we thought already decided, must be re- investigated and concepts we have held for true since long, needs new consideration. And in the present crisis there is no time for quick philosophical or existential answers!
We can and need to talk and think about all this. If possible without being too sure about the quality and shape of our relation to the world. Experience is a great source of information in that process. For me that means forest and fishing, grandchildren and music, philosophy and dance, critical analysis – and synthesis, teaching, gardening, writing and cooking. As Emma Goldman might have said today: If all that´s not possible – it´s not my (r)-evolution!


Pella Thiel [Educator and Activist – Sweden]

Ecologist by training, changemaker and cultural creative by trade, Pella Thiel has a diverse experience as a nature interpreter and environmental activist. She has co-founded End Ecocide Sweden and Transition Network Sweden and writes, speaks and teaches on issues related to transition, ecopsychology and human relationships with nature. Pella is also a member of UN Harmony with Nature Knowledge Initiative and mostly likes practising permaculture on her family farm in Stockholm archipelago.

http://pellathiel.se/


Kjell Vowles [Journalist and Author – Sweden]

Kjell Vowles is a journalist and a writer, mainly reporting on climate change and sustainability issues. He is part of the editorial board of the quarterly magazine Klimatmagasinet Effekt and has written for several of Sweden’s biggest magazines and newspapers. His first book Stuglandet (together with photographer Moa Karlberg, Votum förlag) was published last year.