Critical Perspectives on Sustainable Development in Sweden

SDSWESweden is often portrayed as a world leader within the sustainability field, but does Sweden live up to that image? Which Swedish examples can serve as inspiration and a model for sustainability on a global level?

The concept of Sustainable Development has become one of the most contested and important concepts of our time. Although the concept was first introduced in response to environmental concerns, it has been defined primarily by the mainstream tradition of economic analysis and policy making, which tends to marginalize the issue of ecological sustainability itself, and sideline social and ethical concerns.

This course takes a closer, critical look at how Sweden has worked with sustainable development historically and how well current initiatives can serve as a model for sustainability on a global level. Discussions of Swedish examples also serve as inspiration for how to work with practical sustainability, as well as learning from mistakes made in past and current policies.

Students are invited to delve into the depth of Swedish society in order to address these questions and critically explore the mechanisms that either progress or hinder sustainability.

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Conference Room


Tomorrow we are in Geocentrum and will meet in Norrlands I. Looking forward to the pecha kuchas!

SDSWE Conference on Thursday

Some information before Thursday's conference!

Each group is responsible for being the discussant for one other group during the conference presentations. This means asking questions and leading discussion afterwards. Prepare by reading the paper for which you will be a discussant. You will find them on studentportalen.


Transportation and reindeer herding::Sustainability of reindeer herding
Sustainability of reindeer herding::Transportation and reindeer herding
Coastal Erosion::Social sustainability in Kiruna
Social sustainability in Kiruna::Coastal Erosion
Understanding SD::Uppsala Energy
Uppsala Energy::Understanding SD
Urban Beekeeping::Infrastructure
Wolves::Urban Beekeeping

We will meet in Norrlands I in Geocentrum for a mingle first, then divide into parallel sessions for the presentations. See you Thursday!

Seminar 2 Time Line Groups and Activity

Hey All!
As we said last Thursday, we will be doing a time-lining activity during Seminar 2 and have divided you into time periods based on your conference paper groups. In order to prepare for this, please spend just a few minutes INDIVIDUALLY to find out some events that you find important and/or relevant to Sweden's environmental history. You should bring these with you to the seminar. Everyone is responsible for a 25 year period.
1750-1775: Migration Group
1776-1800: Mining in Kiruna Group
1801-1825: Nuclear Group
1826-1850: Railway to Europe Group
1851-1875: Saami and Tourism Group
1876-1900: Understanding Sustainability Group
1901-1925: Urban Bees Group
1926-1950: Why move Kiruna Group
1951-1975: Wolf Group
1976-2000: "Groupless" group
2001-Present: All

See you Thursday!

Next Week: Stakeholder Dialogue

Hej folks!

Next week we will be discussing the politics of natural resource management with a focus on a specific case in Jokkmokk in Northern Sweden. We have divided you into groups which are posted in studentportalen and assigned you an actor for next week's meeting. You should focus on this actor when you read the article before class and we encourage you to try to search for more information about each actor as well! Use the questions on padlet to guide your reading.

There is also a pdf copy of the Robert Yin book on studentportalen now.

Happy Reading!