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.

The memory of risk (2021-2022). The collective memory of risk includes actual disasters, but also memories of how we perceived and handled different risks in the past, regardless of whether they were realized or not. This project explores how historical risk influences risk management in the present, including the fundamental question of how risks are stored in the collective memory. 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.

Learning to consume less: Can experiences during the Covid-19 pandemic trigger lifestyle transformation? (2020-2021) This project is part of the program Societal effects and opportunities for transition after Covid 19, which is funded by The Swedish Research Council Formas in collaboration with MSB (The Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency). It will study possible lifestyle changes in terms of consumption after Covid 19, by use of interviews and literature studies. Project participants are Magnus Boström as well as a research assistant and post doc, which will be recruited early 2020.