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Success for Interdisciplinary PhD course at Human Ecology

News: Nov 17, 2009

Success for Interdisciplinary PhD course Fall semester 2009 at Human Ecology, School of Global Studies

An interdisciplinary phd-course on The Political Ecology of Land Use: Local, Regional, and Global Perspectives (7,5 ECTS) has been given this autumn by Human Ecology at School of Global Studies in University of Gothenburg, and is organised in collaboration with Human Ecology and LUCSUS, Lund University. The course was run in two blocks, 5-9 Oct in Göteborg, and 9-13 Nov in Lund.

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Interdisciplinary perspectives on land use attracted participants from 6 universities in Sweden
The course gathered 12 PhD students from 6 Swedish universities belonging to social, humanistic and natural sciences. Lectures and seminars in this unique course were given by 12 participating professors – also with an interdisciplinary composition. The thematic issues of the course were treated in lectures, seminar discussions on recent publications and course papers from the phd-students.

Course content and themes
The aim of the course was to give an extended understanding of environmental land use challenges in the broad context of Global Environmental Change put in a societal context; to provide an interdisciplinary approach to environmental challenges with a focus on political ecology, understood as the study of power aspects of the access to natural resources influencing land use, at different levels including local, regional and global perspectives.

Themes
• Introduction to political ecology
• Power struggles over land based resources
• Land use for subsistence cultivation vs. commercial/global markets
• Biofuels vs. food: competition over land and land use
• Climate, biodiversity, and land use
• Gender, power and climate governance

Lecturers
Professor Gunilla A. Olsson, Human Ecology, School of Global Studies, Göteborg
Professor Alf Hornborg, Human Ecology, Lund
Professor Thomas Håkansson, Human Ecology Lund and University of Kentucky, USA
Dr Jason W. Moore, Human Ecology/Human Geography, Lund
Dr Pernille Gooch, Human Ecology, Lund
Professor Eric Clark, Human Geography, LUCSUS, Lund
Professor Lennart Olsson, Physical Geography, LUCSUS, Lund
Docent Stefan Anderberg, Human Geography, LUCSUS, Lund
Dr Thomas Hickler, Physical Geography, and LUCSUS, Lund
Docent Annica Kronsell, Political Science and LUCSUS, Lund
Professor Mats Widgren, Human Geography, Stockholm
Professor Ulf Jonsson, Economic History, Stockholm

The unique participation of 12 professors in this course was made possible due to the collaboration of most persons in the research project Power, Land and Materiality, led by Professor Alf Hornborg, Human Ecology, LU and funded by Formas.

Course leader: Professor Gunilla A. Olsson, Human Ecology, School of Global Studies, GU, Email: gunilla.olsson@globalstudies.gu.se - in collaboration with
Professor Alf Hornborg, Human Ecology, Lund University.
Email: alf.hornborg@humecol.lu.se
 

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