Individual & Society


Cities and Consumption: Urban Sustainability and the Sharing Economy

How can we govern consumption and the sharing economy in our cities? This course explores cities, consumption and the sharing economy in Europe and around the world. We connect together the key themes of the sharing economy, cities, governance, consumption and urban sustainability. We explore how the sharing economy can contribute to increasing social, environmental and economic sustainability. And we argue that it is imperative that the sharing economy is shaped and designed to advance urban sustainability. This course was launched in May 2020, and it was updated in September 2021 with new podcasts, films and publications. This course is produced by Lund University in cooperation with partners from Sharing Cities Sweden – a national program for the sharing economy in cities with a focus on governance and sustainability. It features researchers, practitioners and entrepreneurs from a range organisations.

Cities, Climate and Change: Pathways and Opportunities

This course explores how we can design, create and achieve climate neutral cities. We embrace the “mission to the moon” approach for tackling greenhouse emissions from cities putting an emphasis on pathways and opportunities. We utilise insights and inspiration from Sweden, Europe and around the world.  We target how to support individuals and organisations in developing transformative skills and capacities for action on climate neutral cities. We focus on mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions but also connect to adaptation, resilience, social justice and sustainable development in the context of cities, climate and change. The course is designed around 5 interconnected modules. We therefore created a format that provides a diversity of ways to learn and creatively engage with the content. Module 1: Visions and Plans. In this week we begin with looking at visions for climate action and the plans or strategies on how to achieve ambitious goals.Module 2: Data and Tools. In this week we explore tools for climate action and creating both immediate and long-lasting impacts.Module 3: Finance and Partnerships. In this week we tackle the key challenge of financing climate action and the vital role of partnerships.Module 4: Engagement and Action. In this week we delve into community and citizen engagement and how it underpins climate action.Module 5: Research and Innovation. In this week we connect climate action to research, evaluation and innovation.  This course will be launched on Oct 25, 2023.

Climate goals, argumentation, evidence

The main goal of this course is to teach you basic knowledge and skills in argumentation.You will be engaged in co-constructing evidence-based justifications as well as in analyzing existing justifications in search of argumentation fallacies. Individual work as well as group-based work will allow you to practice. You will analyze climate-related articles (published in scientific literature but also in the news) and will extract the implicit underlying arguments and provide their analysis.Ultimately, this course will help you to develop basic argumentative skills needed to critically join the debate in society on climate goals. Who is the course for?CLIMATE GOALS, ARGUMENTATION, EVIDENCE is aimed at anyone who is interested in moving the first steps into the argumentation domain with the purpose of joining the debate on climate goals.An engineer (but also a politician) is expected to have founded arguments before taking any (climate-related) action. A citizen is expected to have founded arguments before engaging and sustaining any climate-related political agenda. How is the course structured?The course is a 4-week course. Each week mainly focuses on a single Intended Learning Outcome.

Designing Cycles at 64°

UMA TALKS CLIMATE CHANGE 2022 Climate Adaptation of the Built Environment DESIGNING CYCLES AT 64°   Interior Urban Landscapes and the Water-Energy Food Nexus Climate change demands a recalibration of our built environment to become more resilient. Designing Cycles at 64° takes a multi-scalar approach addressing individual building typologies and, exemplarily for climate adaptation of northern climate zones, the city of Umeå with its diverse urban fabric as a whole. The active involvement of all stakeholders in the planning and future use of buildings and open spaces becomes key. How to create spaces that contribute to community building and social interaction while integrating a maximum of ecosystemic services is therefore a central question that demands for implementable methods, tools, processes and design solutions. At 64° latitude, interior landscapes and the water-energy-food nexus offer interesting possibilities to extend growing seasons and diversify crops, to reduce energy consumption while providing hybrid living spaces between inside and outside. By exploring greenhouse extensions and building envelopes as local passive architectural solutions, DC64° sets out to build productive interfaces between the private and public sector, academia involving the disciplines of architecture and urban planning, urban water management, plant physiology and vertical gardening, as well as the general public in a living lab format. Retrofitting the existing building stock, repurposing vacancies and expanding our building performance may accumulatively have a systemic impact both in terms of reducing water and energy consumption, as well as food miles, while buffering existing infrastructure networks and enabling local food production on site. Expanding on Bengt Warne’s Naturhus (1974) and following examples, we anticipate new multifunctional architectural models applicable in various contexts and scales. FORMAT / The program includes an introductory lecture that addresses climate urgencies and potential capacity for change in the context of the built environment the week before the one-day symposium (hybrid format). The symposium brings together practitioners, researchers and educators and consists of five thematic sessions that can be attended as a full day or individually as they are interrelated, yet also function independently (See program link below). INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES / Understanding of multi-scalar climate-adapation design approaches within the built environment with a focus on the Nordic context / Reflect on aspects of social sustainability when it comes to transforming buildings and inhabitants from being consumers to becoming producers /   Umeå University School of Architecture   Presentations   Program Nov. 30.     For any questions content-related questions please email us  

Greening the Economy: Lessons from Scandinavia

How can we live a good life on one planet with over seven billion people? This course will explore greening the economy on four levels – individual, business, city, and nation. We will look at the relationships between these levels and give many practical examples of the complexities and solutions across the levels. Scandinavia, a pioneering place advancing sustainability and combating climate change, is a unique starting point for learning about greening the economy. We will learn from many initiatives attempted in Scandinavia since the 1970s, which are all potentially helpful and useful for other countries and contexts. The International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics (IIIEE) at Lund University is an international centre of excellence on strategies for sustainable solutions. The IIIEE is ideally suited to understand and explain the interdisciplinary issues in green economies utilising the diverse disciplinary backgrounds of its international staff. The IIIEE has been researching and teaching on sustainability and greener economies since the 1990s and it has extensive international networks connecting with a variety of organizations.

Greening the Economy: Sustainable Cities

How can we shape our urban development towards sustainable and prosperous futures? This course explores sustainable cities as engines for greening the economy in Europe and around the world. We place cities in the context of sustainable urban transformation and climate change. We connect the key trends of urbanization, decarbonisation and sustainability. We examine how visions, experiments and innovations can transform urban areas. And we look at practices (what is happening in cities at present) and opportunities (what are the possibilities for cities going forwards into the future). This course was launched in January 2016, and it was updated in September 2021 with new podcasts, films and publications. The course is produced by Lund University in cooperation with WWF and ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability who work with creating sustainable cities. The course features researchers, practitioners and entrepreneurs from a range organisations.

Hållbar utveckling ur ett pedagogiskt perspektiv för yrkeslärare

Välkommen till ett öppet och nätbaserat utbildningsmaterial som bidrar med kunskap och inspiration för att stödja yrkeslärares undervisning med Hållbar utveckling. MålgruppVerksamma yrkeslärare och yrkeslärarstudenter. InnehållUtbildningsmaterialet baseras på: nationella och internationella styrdokument om Hållbar utveckling, yrkeslärares beprövade undervisningserfarenhet samt forskning om skolutveckling och yrkeslärares undervisning för alla yrkeselever Kursmaterialet ger grundläggande kunskap om Hållbar utveckling och en fördjupning i dimensionen Social hållbarhet. Avsikten är också att inspirera till programvisa skolutvecklingsarbeten genom filmer där verksamma yrkeslärare beskriver hur de arbetar med Hållbar utveckling i olika yrkesprogram. Utbildningsmaterialet består av inspelade föreläsningar som du kan ta del av i den ordning du har behov av. Om du inte tidigare arbetat med Hållbar utveckling i ditt yrkesprogram rekommenderar vi att du tar del av utbildningsmaterialet i följande ordning: Hållbar utveckling Social hållbarhet Skolutveckling Inspirationsfilmer av och för yrkeslärare Vid anmälan får du länk till material och inloggningsuppgifter. Mer information om utbildningen.  Medverkande Mari Forsberg, universitetsadjunkt, Pedagogiska institutionen, Umeå universitet Robert Holmgren, lektor, Pedagogiska institutionen, Umeå universitet Gerd Pettersson, lektor, Pedagogiska institutionen, Umeå universitet Jenny Björkén, yrkeslärare, Hotell- och turismprogrammet, Astar, Luleå Stina Björkén, yrkeslärare, Restaurang- och livsmedelsprogrammet, Astar, Luleå Urban Burman, yrkeslärare, Fordons- och transportprogrammet, Anderstorpsskolan, Skellefteå Annette Christiansen, yrkeslärarstudent, Hantverksprogrammet frisör, Luleå Anna Renhorn Pohl, yrkeslärare, Försäljnings- och serviceprogrammet, Praktiska gymnasiet, Skellefteå  

Offentlig upphandling av cirkulära lösningar

Arbetar du med offentliga upphandlingar? Du kan spela en viktig roll i Sveriges strävan mot att bli mer hållbart och cirkulärt. I den här kursen får du lära dig mer om hur du genom upphandling kan bidra till att driva fram mer innovativa och hållbara lösningar.  Om den här kursen Offentlig upphandling kan spela en viktig roll för att nå ett mer hållbart och cirkulärt samhälle. I Sverige motsvarar den idag snart 1 000 miljarder kr per år och rätt använd kan den, genom sin enorma omfattning, driva fram nydanande mer hållbara lösningar. Lösningar som har potential att skapa mer värde och minskade kostnader för offentligheten. För att lyckas krävs dock ny kunskap, t ex kopplat till teknik, ekonomi och juridik, om hur man på bästa sätt upphandlar dessa mer cirkulära och hållbara lösningar.  Det här får du lära dig När du har gått kursen kommer du att ha lärt dig: olika koncept och strategier kopplat till cirkulär ekonomi vilka hinder och drivkrafter som finns för implementering av cirkulära strategier vid offentlig upphandling vilka rättsliga normer som möjliggör, begränsar eller förhindrar upphandling av cirkulära lösningar grundläggande principer för kravhantering och uppföljning Vem kan gå kursen? Alla som har ett intresse för upphandling av cirkulära lösningar. Kursen riktar sig främst till yrkesverksamma personer inom näringsliv och organisationer som arbetar med offentlig upphandling, eller personer som studerar upphandling. Kursen är öppen för alla och gratis. Det finns inga krav på förkunskaper eller särskild behörighet för att delta i kursen. Upplägg Kursen ges online och på distans, och du kan följa kursen i din egen takt. Kursmaterialet bygger på inspelade föreläsningar och läsanvisningar.

Stormwater management in a changing climate

Cities around the world are facing the challenge of dealing with stormwater to protect against flooding caused by heavy rainfall. Future climate change will make this even more difficult. This course gives an introduction to how can we manage stormwater in a sustainable way in the coming decades.The course containsThe course covers the hydrological cycle and how this is affected by urbanization, as well as rainfall and how this is affected by climate change. The problems with traditional pipe-based drainage systems are discussed before looking at green stormwater infrastructure as a sustainable alternative. Finally, the course looks at how stormwater can be integrated into urban planning. What are you learning?How urbanization affects the water cycle.How rainfall is affected by future climate change.What facilities can be used to manage stormwater in a sustainable way.The role that stormwater plays in urban planning. Who is the course for?This course is designed for anyone who may encounter stormwater in their work, as well as anyone who wants to know more about how we can build a society that is prepared for the effects of future climate change. The course will be given in English.