Geographies of Sustainability
MESS23, 7.5 credits
The Geographies of Sustainability course provides interdisciplinary perspectives from the field of environmental geography aimed at studying the dynamics of social and environmental change in particular places.
The course covers perspectives from a variety of research fields, such as land-change science, landscape geography, and political ecology. It aims to advance students’ understanding of the spatial dimensions of social, economic, and environmental processes and their importance for sustainability challenges in different geographical contexts, urban as well as rural.
A focal point of the course is to recognise the geographies of place and how different forms of natural resource use and environmental change at the local scale is influenced by structures and processes cutting across scales.
Another key point is the engagement with empirical cases and real-world settings in the study of how place-bound sustainability challenges connected to land use and urbanisation impact natural resource use in, for example, agriculture, forestry, and fisheries. The selected cases will seek to integrate approaches and perspectives from both human and physical geography, highlighting the interdisciplinary focus of the course.
Throughout the course, processes of unequal distribution and uneven development, for instance within cities, between urban and rural spaces, and between different geographical regions, will be explored.