Ongoing projects

Making knowledge usable. Interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary challenges for international environmental expertise (2019-21). This project investigates how the international expert body IPBES handle the interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary challenges of making use of, bridge and synthesize different scientific disciplines as well as different knowledge systems.The project is funded by The Swedish Research Council Formas and participating are Rolf Lidskog and james White.

The shaping of environmental expertise. Institutionalized expertise, boundary organizations and global environmental matters (2019-21). This project study the constitution and development of international environmental expertise, in particular the institutional design and expert strategies of the international expert bodies IPCC and IPBES. The project is funded by The Swedish Research Council and participating researchers are Rolf Lidskog and Adam Standring.

Green public ethics: exploring and elaborating value conflict handling of public administrators (2019-2021). The project investigates how value conflicts, relating to sustainable development, are managed and handled within Swedish public administration. The project is funded by The Swedish Research Council Formas and is led by Jan Olsson, professor in political science at Örebro University. Monika Berg is a coworker in this project.

Becoming an expert. IPCC’s and IPBES’s socialization of young scholars as experts (2017-2020). This project explores the production of expertise in expert organizations by focusing on the roles of young scholars in IPCC and IPBES. One year of the project will be conducted at Wageningen UR, the Netherlands. The project is funded by The Swedish Research Council Formas and is led by Karin Gustafsson.

Eco – Life balance: The family as an arena for environmental choices (2017-2018). The family is a community whose interests do not necessarily coincide with the interests of other communities. Balancing overall collective values and more private desires or aspirations is thus a central part of late modern family life. This project aims at investigating the role of families within the environmental domain, or more precisely to probe the significance of family life as a social practice in relation to sustainability outcomes. The project is funded by Örebro University and is led by Erik Löfmarck.

Environment, Consumption, and Everyday life practices (2018-). The project studies how people, for environmental reasons, try to change lifestyle, with a particular focus on reduced consumption. Three sub-projects are included: i) based on interviews and memory notes, barriers and opportunities that people experience when they try to reduce consumption for environmental reasons are analyzed; ii) based on public communication about environmental issues, the way lifestyle changes are motivated, and how responsibility is discussed and allocated between private and public actors are analyzed; and iii) based on group interviews, the family as an arena for environmental choices is analyzed. Project participants are Magnus Boström, Erik Löfmarck, and Ylva Uggla. It is currently faculty-funded.