Presentation of members

PRESENTATION OF MEMBERS

Monika Berg, associate professor in Sociology at Örebro University. Her main research interest is the interrelationship of knowledge production and policy formation and epistemic constrains on transformative change. Berg is currently involved in two research projects. One explores value conflicts within public administration and the presence of a green public ethos. The other project concern science's role in global environmental governance.

Magnus Boström is Professor in Sociology. In his research, Boström focuses on politics, representation, as well as consumer and social movement action in relation to a variety of environmental and sustainability issues. Boström engages in the conceptual development of environmental sociology.

Carina Green is a senior lecturer in Sociology. With a PhD in Cultural Anthropology, Green’s research focuses on indigenous peoples’ relation with environmental state agencies, co-management processes and knowledge integration practices. The intersection between global and local policies and practices are of particular interest. Identity processes, ethno-political strategies, heritage discourses, bureaucratic structures and cultural appropriation are some of the themes that her research has pinpointed. Fieldwork areas are mainly the North of Sweden, New Zealand and Australia.

Karin Gustafsson is associate professor in sociology and research director at the Center for Environmental and Sustainability Social Science (CESSS) at Örebro University. Currently she is studying science role in international environmental governance, and the socialization of young scholars as experts. Her main research interest is in knowledge production, primarily in the fields of environmental sociology, sociology of knowledge, and science and technology studies. Karin has previously worked at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA (2014), and Wageningen University, the Netherlands (January-June 2018 and January-June 2019).

Rolf Lidskog has a PhD in sociology (Uppsala University 1994) and a PhD in ethics (Uppsala University 2007). He works as professor of sociology at Örebro University. His research interests include environmental policy and politics at the international and national levels, especially the role of expertise in environmental governance. A central issue in this research is how actors perceive, evaluate and manage risks, where there are conflicting views on what is the most suitable way to manage them. To answer this question, he has studied a variety of environmental areas: climate change, air pollution policy, nuclear waste management, hazardous waste management and biodiversity.

Martin Lind has a PhD in sociology (Örebro University 2002) and works as a Senior Lecturer at Örebro University. His research interests includes sociology of work and organizations, primarily on the topics of social networks, work environment and household recycling.

Erik Löfmarck has a PhD in sociology and works as a Senior Lecturer at Örebro University. His PhD-thesis Den hand som föder dig: en studie av risk, mat och moderskap i Sverige och Polen (Uppsala University, 2014) is a study of how mothers of young children in Stockholm and Warsaw perceive and manage risk concerning food. His earlier research broadly concerns the relationship between state and citizen, e.g. the interaction between science, politics and the public in the regulation of cross-border environmental problems, with a particular focus on the interaction between different forms of knowledge. His current project is about the collective memory of risk, i.e. how societies relate to earlier evaluations of risk.

Daniel Sjödin has a PhD in sociology and is postdoctoral fellow. His PhD-thesis Migration, religion and integration in a segregated context (Lund University, 2011) identifies social mechanisms on the societal, organizational and individual levels that link commitments, membership and integration. Earlier he has studied forest governance, in particular how norms and knowledge guide the forest governance and how experiences of a forest fire disaster effect beliefs, trust and risk estimations. He has also participated in a study of one of the largest forest fire disasters in Sweden.  At present he is preparing a study of preppers, in particular risk culture, risk estimations and beliefs among preppers. His research is both qualitative and quantitative.

Adam Standring is a postdoctoral research fellow and has a PhD in Political Science, specializing in Public Policy, from the Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal (2018).  His research focuses on the political sociology of expertise and knowledge production in complex and contested policy areas and across multilevel systems.  His previous research has focused on issues such as drug policy, austerity and housing and he is currently looking at how expertise is constructed and articulated in the context of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and within the science-policy nexus.

Sebastian Svenberg has a MA in sociology from the University of Gothenburg (2013). Prior to commencing his PhD studies, he has been Assistant Researcher on diverse projects, focusing on social movements, urban development, climate politics and nuclear waste management. Sebastian’s forthcoming dissertation (2021) focuses on historical mobilizations for economic democracy and worker-owned cooperative production in the UK, as a case of co-evolvement between social movements and institutional change.

Ylva Uggla is Professor of sociology. Uggla's research focuses on regulation and management of environmental risks. Central questions concern the relation between politics and science, and the handling of uncertainty in decision-making. She has studied these and related issues in several empirical fields, including hazardous waste disposal, climate change adaptation and mitigation, and biodiversity preservation. She has also conducted research on urban planning and how urban greenery is constructed in relation to the city. Recent research concerns environmental representation and communication, and societal transformation towards sustainability.

Oskar Waara is a PhD student in sociology. His current research interest is societal transformation and social change in response to multiple converging crises; and the overarching question that guides his dissertation is how a more sustainable society can be attained. His thesis project focus on shrinking local societies in the north of Sweden where the most prominent issue is that of long-term population decline – followed by climate change and reoccurring economic instability. More specifically, his research targets the questions of what multiple crises does to the local perception of prosperity, and, in turn, how these societies manage to maintain prosperity.

James White is a postdoctoral researcher on the Making knowledge usable project. His PhD (Maynooth University, Ireland) examined the development and implementation of international standards for smart and sustainable cities, and his current work addresses the knowledge practices of the Intergovernmental Science‑Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). He is interested in environmental expertise, and the documents, measures and standardised technologies that are used to put them into practice.