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.
Jan van Boeckel [Artist-educator, Researcher and Film-maker – The Netherlands & Estonia]
Jan 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).
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.
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.
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 and Scholar – 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.
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]
I’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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Adam Sébire [Filmmaker and Researcher]
While working as a documentary filmmaker for Australian TV on Tuvalu in 2004 Adam Sébire struggled with the problem of presenting ‘visible evidence’ of climate change to the viewing public. Eventually that same problem of visual representation led him to my current practice-based PhD at the University of New South Wales’ Faculty of Art & Design in Sydney (though he’s based in Europe). His thesis explores the potential of multiple screens to bridge the spatio-temporal dislocations at the heart the problem: emissions of invisible gases here and now that have an effect elsewhere and ‘elsewhen’. As a parallel project he has been borrowing a thermographic imager used by climate scientists to ‘see’ heat in the infra-red spectrum, and it’s this work that I talk about here.
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.
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.