Faculty of Social Sciences

Uppsala Transdisciplinary Seminar in Education and Sustainable Development (TRUST)

  • Date: –15:30
  • Location: Blåsenhus 21:239 (SWEDESD Office)
  • Lecturer: Sverker Jagers, Professor, Neil Powell, Professor
  • Organiser: SWEDESD, Uppsala University
  • Contact person: Hanna Hofverberg
  • Phone: +46 18 471 2435
  • Seminarium


13.15 – 14.00 Sverker Jager presents: "Why we should not trust in voluntary action when it comes to large-scale environmental challenges"

Abstract: Due to the fact that many large scale environmental problems, such as climate change, over-fishing and water-pollution, can be understood as social dilemmas, or collective action problems - the nature of which tend to be such that voluntary action is not very likely - political measures are typically needed to overcome such dilemmas. The problem is just how such measures are to be designed to be both effective and considered legitimate among the involved actors. In the recently launched research centre at University of Gothenburg, called CeCAR (Centre for Collective Action Research), the objective is to systematically study prospects for large-scale collective action, needed to overcome many of society’s grand challenges such as climate change and antibiotic resistance. In this talk, Jagers introduce the centre and theorize on why large-scale collective action problems are particularly challenging and how politics is a necessary component to overcome these problems.

14.00 – 14.30 Discussion led by David O. Kronlid

14.30 – 14.45 Coffee break

14.45 – 15.30 Text seminar. Neil Powell presents "Water Security in times of climate change and intractability: Reconciling conflict by transforming security concerns into equity concern". Discussant: Eva Friman.

To get a copy of Neil's texts, please send an email to: neil.powell@swedesd.uu.se