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Here you can find activities, lectures, and such that are open to the public. Unless otherwise is stated you do not need to register.



350th Jubilee Alumni Homecoming Weekend


LUCSUS and IIIEE are participaing in the Lund University 350th Jubilee Alumni Homecoming weekend, 20-22 October. See Lund University webpage for details and a full programme. See here for LUCSUS and IIIEE programme (same as below).

Friday, October 20

At LUCSUS, Biskopsgatan 5

14.15-16.00 LUCSUS and the education in Sustainability Science over the past years and future pathways & Current research in Sustainability Science (10 minute presentations)

Programme in detail:

14:15 LUCSUS and the education in Sustainability Science over the past 20 years and future pathways, Barry Ness, Associate professor at LUCSUS

  1. Short break

15.15 From global to personal change: Tackling the climate challenge. Kimberly Nicholas, Senior lecturer at LUCSUS

15.25 Navigating global sustainability challenges with modern maps. A brief look at how spatial data and geographic information are being used to investigate sustainability challenges. Murray Scown, Postdoctoral fellow at LUCSUS

15.35 Science and Sustainable Coastal Development - How to keep our beaches beautiful in an age of environmental change. Chad Boda, Doctoral Student at LUCSUS

15.45 “Local energy transitions – energy justice in community energy projects in Germany and Denmark” I present research on the social interactions of two prominent cases of community energy. Henner Busch, Researcher at LUCSUS

15.55 Fem fighters - In order to foster a sustainable world, we must first have an equitable one. The Fem Fighters began as part of the knowledge-to-action course, focusing on understanding and addressing the lack of connection between gender and sustainability. Now, the group has initiated action, and hosts workshops, negotiates with the university, and spreads awareness of not only gender issues, but also environmental ones. Brynn Szukala, Josephine Ylipää and Therese Hågerup, LUMES batch 20 students

16.05 Ecological democracy in the urban: Citizen municipal movements in Barcelona. Mine Islar, Associate senior lecturer

16.15-17 Drinks, snacks and mingle!

Saturday, October 21

At IIIEE, Tégnersplatsen 4

14.15-15.00 “Interdisciplinary Education for the Future: Meeting Global Challenges”

A roundtable discussion with researchers from the International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics (IIIEE) and Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies




Previous activities:

LUMES theses defenses, May 29-31, 2017

Where: LUCSUS, Wrangel building, Biskopsgatan 5, Lund

Detailed schedule available here

The defenses are open to the public. Welcome!


On behalf of the Division of Risk Management and Societal Safety at LTH Lund University, we have the pleasure to invite you to our symposium, Disasters Evermore? Past, Present and Future Risk in an Uncertain World, on 7 March, at 15:00-18:00 in Lund, Sweden. This symposium is one of the highlight events to celebrate Lund University’s 350th anniversary during 2017. The purpose of this symposium is to raise the awareness of the general public, political leaders, and civil servants regarding changing global and local disaster risk, associated challenges, and potential solutions.

Participating speakers include:

  • Margareta Wahlström, former Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction
  • Sara Myrdal, Head of EU and International Affairs, Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB)
  • Professor Dan Smith, Director, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI)
  • Professor Henrik Tehler, Director, Lund University Center for Critical Infrastructure Protection Research
  • Reader Johan Bergström, Division of Risk Management and Societal Safety, LTH Lund University
  • Professor Emily Boyd, Director, Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies

The event will be moderated by Professor Mo Hamza from our Division of Risk Management and Societal Safety, LTH Lund University.

Please find in the attachment the official invitation letter and the symposium flyer, and visit here for more information and registration

We would be honored if you have the possibility to attend the symposium. Please feel free to share this invitation with your colleagues, professional networks, and on your organization's event calendar or newsletters.

You are also welcome to attend two other fascinating jubilee events during the science week 6-12 March while in Lund:

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact any of the following:

Mo Hamza (mo [dot] hamza [at] risk [dot] lth [dot] se)">mo [dot] hamza [at] risk [dot] lth [dot] se)

Magnus Hagelsteen (magnus [dot] hagelsteen [at] risk [dot] lth [dot] se)">magnus [dot] hagelsteen [at] risk [dot] lth [dot] se)

Jenny Iao Jorgensen (jenny [dot] iao-jorgensen [at] risk [dot] lth [dot] se

We look forward to meeting you in Lund!


LUMES theses defenses, February 23, 2017

Where: LUCSUS, Wrangel, room 116, 1st floor, Biskopsgatan 5, Lund

Detailed schedule available here.

The defenses are open to the public. Welcome!


LUMES theses defenses, January 24, 2017

Where: LUCSUS, Wrangel, room 116, 1st floor, Biskopsgatan 5, Lund

Detailed schedule available here.

The defenses are open to the public. Welcome!


LUMES theses defenses, October 10-11, 2016

Where: LUCSUS, Wrangel, room 117, 1st floor, Biskopsgatan 5, Lund

Detailed schedule available here.

The defenses are open to the public. Welcome!


“Everything’s changed. Everything is different.” Coming to terms with the Anthropocene

Public event by well-known scholar Professor Clive Hamilton

When: June 7th, 10.15 – 12

Where: LUCSUS, Wrangel building, library (2nd floor), Biskopsgatan 5.

The Anthropocene, the new geological epoch that has now arrived, represents a profound rupture in the history of the Earth and in the history of humankind. We have become powerful enough to change the course of the Earth, yet we seem unable to control ourselves, and continue on a perilous path. Will humankind come together in the common task of repairing a disrupted planet … or are we unable to live together on this Earth? A poster in the Paris metro says: “Nature doesn’t need humankind”. But is that true?


Clive Hamilton is an Australian academic and the author. His books include Requiem for a Species: Why We Resist the Truth About Climate Change and Earthmasters: The Dawn of the Age of Climate Engineering. He was the founder and executive director of the Australia Institute, the nation’s leading progressive think tank. In 2008 he was appointed Professor of Public Ethics at Charles Sturt University in Canberra. He has held various visiting academic positions, including at Yale University and the University of Oxford. He is currently visiting Sciences Po in Paris.

Please find here a link to an article in the Guardian Newspaper which will be closely connected to the presentation.


LUMES theses defenses, May 25-26, 2016

Where: LUCSUS, Josephson, 3rd floor, Biskopsgatan 5, Lund

Detailed schedule available here

The defenses are open to the public. Welcome!


The Landless Rural Workers Movement and Agrarian reform in Brazil

Presentation and discussion with Miguel Carter and Ana Terra

When: Friday April 8, 2016, 13:15-15:00

Where: LUCSUS, Wrangel building, Biskopsgatan 5, Lund

In his book, Miguel Carter explores the causes of, consequences of, and contemporary reactions to Brazil’s sharply unequal agrarian structure. He focuses on the Landless Rural Workers Movement (MST), Latin America’s largest and prominent social movement, and the on-going efforts of the MST to confront historical patterns of inequality in the Brazilian countryside.

Together with Ana Terra he will present his book and there will be opportunities for discussing MST and social movements in general.



Professional and Amateur Urbanism in our Urban Age

Public lecture by Andy Merrifield

Time: 10 - 12 am, April 7th, 2016
Venue: Ostrom room (3rd floor), Josephson, Biskopsgatan 5, Lund


 “In 1970, the French philosopher Henri Lefebvre proposed a hypothesis: the complete urbanisation of society. In 2006, United Nations-Habitat confirmed Lefebvre's "virtual" projection, suggesting it may become real in the second half of the twentieth-first century. Yet these two visions of reality pursue different ends through different means. One is political, grassroots, and radically condemns capitalism and its urban form. The other, technical and technocratic, uses capitalism as the source of the solution. This lecture will delve into these two competing paradigms of what I call "amateur" and "professional" urbanism: the former about participation, the latter about representation.”

Andy Merrifield is an independent scholar, a writer, social theorist and urban geographer. He has written many articles, essays and reviews in both scholarly and popular publications and is author of numerous books, including most recently Magical Marxism (Pluto, 2011), John Berger (Reaktion, 2012), The Politics of the Encounter (University of Georgia Press, 2013), and The New Urban Question (Pluto, 2014). His latest work, The Amateur, is forthcoming next year with Verso. Merrifield is a contributing editor of Adbusters.


Public lunchtime talk

Time: 12-12.45, March 29, 2016
Venue: Cafe & Restaurant Inspira (lower level), Medicon Village, Scheelevägen 2, 223 63 Lund

How does the food on your plate affect the planet? Our choice of what to eat is one of the biggest impacts we have on the environment- and our health. This lunchtime talk (organised by a group of LUMES students as part of their Knowledge to Action course project) will present the latest research on the connections between diet and the environment. Discussion led by Dr. Kimberly Nicholas, Associate Professor, Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies.

All welcome!


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