“From Sweden with care – education and societal change in troubled times” by Isak Stoddard on Thursday 11th January (room C21, Pariser Building, Sackville Street) at 1.00pm.
Isak Stoddard, University of Uppsala, Sweden
The interconnected crises of climate change and sustainability are challenging universities to reconsider reductionist and instrumental ways of conducting research and education. One unique response is exemplified by the Centre for Environment and Development Studies (CEMUS), a student-initiated and transdisciplinary centre at Uppsala University and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.
Student-faculty collaboration weaves as a golden thread through the history and organization of all activities at the centre. Since its inception in the early 1990s CEMUS has initiated and expanded the space for transdisciplinary student-driven higher education as well as research and collaboration that transcends traditional academic disciplines and boundaries between academia and society at large.
This talk will journey through CEMUS’ 25 year history while delving deeper into questions of the relationship between education, research and the potential for universities to contribute to a more just and sustainable world.
Isak Stoddard is Deputy Director at CEMUS, University of Uppsala. In addition to strategic oversight of the Centre’s transdisciplinary approaches to education and research, he coordinates the 10- year Zennström professorship in climate change leadership. Isak has a background in engineering physics, systems technology and energy systems.
The seminar will take place in room C21, in the Pariser Building on Sackville Street- number 12 on the map here http://www.manchester.ac.uk/discover/maps/interactive-map/?id=9