The Global Economy – Environment, Development and Globalisation 2014

GECWhat is the real wealth of nations? How is the global economic system performing under increasing ecological and social pressures? Which institutions and actors have the best opportunities to work towards building desirable and sustainable economies?

The course aims to present a variety of theoretical perspectives on issues of political economy in the context of sustainable development. Throughout the semester, different theories and historical examples are analysed and discussed in sessions with knowledgeable and inspiring guest lecturers in order to offer a multidisciplinary understanding of the global economy’s role in today’s world. Keeping a good balance between abstract and concrete, as well as particular and general, the course constitutes a basic toolbox to understand economies in the 21st century.  Embarking on this journey of discovery, international and Swedish students will reflect critically on the past and current state of the economy in order to imagine alternatives economic futures.

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Tomorrow’s lecturer is also a fiction writer

Hi all,

Linn Spross, who will talk with us tomorrow about 'The Future of Work' has a foot in both the academic writing world (PhD candidate in economic history at UU) and in fiction writing. Her first book Grundläggande studier i hoppfullhet och hopplöshet (Fundamental Studies in Hopefulness and Hopelessness) was released in 2013 (it's in Swedish and I haven't read it). This is a rare mix in the university environment, I believe.

As you have just been handed the major piece of assessment in this course, and it's an individual written piece of written work, I mentioned to Linn that you as fellow writers may have a few questions about how to write in an academic context while keeping and even using your voice and your own ideas. She may be a rare resource on this topic. Tomorrow's session will be focused on the topic of Work, but it's up to you where the discussion goes at the end.


Lecture change today, Monday 17 November

Hi everyone! A quick update: Philip Ware of the Institute of Swedish Safety & Security will not be joining us for our lecture today as planned, as he double booked his time, it seems.

"....Thank you for your kind invitation for me to speak at CEMUS, Uppsala University next week. Unfortunately, I have a Crisis Management meeting on the same day at a conflicting time.... Once again, my sincere apologies for any inconvenience caused. Best Regards// Philip"

We will instead join a different lecture, on the topic of 'Money' which is to be given today at the same time (17:15-19:30) for the Swedish course Man & Nature (Människan och naturen).  The lecturer is someone we are all familiar with, Tim Parrique. As our group is considerably bigger than theirs, they have agreed to switch rooms to Hambergsalen.  So, we as a combined class will be there together, and we will be guests of the students in Man & Nature.

See you all there!

Read Writing Assignment 3 and prepare for degrowth lecture wednesday

Hi all,

Our moment in the UN spotlight has come to a close, and glorious Module 3 is about to begin. To prepare for our session tomorrow with a special international guest, two small tasks are required from each of you.

First, read over Assignment 3 instructions now available on the course portal. The first part of the session tomorrow (Wednesday 12) will be a creative look at the assignment, so this is essential.

Second, read the 'Degrowth' literature in the course reader for tomorrow and prepare a question for the second part of our session, which will be a Q&A session via Skype with Giorgos Kallis of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, one of the world's leading experts on Degrowth. Preparing questions beforehand is absolutely essential to help us to lift the discussion and create a great dialogue between us and Giorgos for the short time we have.

See you then, Lakin



Join team Brazil at the Rio+20

An important request from the UN Rio+20 conference:

We need 2 people from any of the 5 person groups to switch to representing Brazil at the Rio+20 (Conference A). We ask this because group now representing Brazil has only two members at the moment.

If you switch, this means you and your previous group will be 4 person groups, which is is a better number or people when it comes to preparation and lobbying at the conference anyway.

Those who switch, please let us know at!

And email group Brazil:

Sofia Carlfjord []
Binita Sharma []