SDPMC Course Reader
The SDPMC course literature requires reading of the following books:
- Holmes et al. (2011), The Common Cause Handbook, PIRC [pdf available]
- Lilliesköld and Eriksson (2009), Handbook for Small Projects, Liber [available in cemus library]
- Stibbe, A (2009), The Handbook of Sustainability Literacy: Skills for a changing world, Green Books
You will have to read ONE of the following books, choosing between
- Chouinard, Yvon (2006), Let My People Go Surfing: The Education of a Reluctant Businessman, Penguin Books
- Gladwell, Malcolm (2011), Outliers: The Story of Success, Little Brown and Company
- Taylor, Keeanda-Tamahtta (2017). How We Get Free : Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective. Haymarket Books.
In addition to these books, there is also the course reader, which includes the following required and recommended texts as follows :
3 September/ Course Introduction
(I) Robinson (2010) Changing Education Paradigms
Sanna Barrineau and Lakin Anderson (2018) Learning “betwixt and between”: Opportunities and challenges for student-driven partnership
Hald, Matilda, ed. 2011. Transcending Boundaries: How CEMUS Is Changing How We Teach, Meet and Learn.
3 September / History of Sustainable Development
(I) Steffen, A. (2017, June 6) The Last Decade and You. Available at https://thenearlynow.com/the-last-decade-and-you-489a5375fbe8
(II) Steffen, A. (2017, December 17) Speed is Everything. Available at https://thenearlynow.com/on-climate-speed-is-everything-5bc47203bc7a
(III) Leach et al. (2010) Dynamic Sustainabilities : Technology, Environment and Social Justice. New York. Earthscan. pp1-13.
(IV) Pissani (2006) Sustainable development – Historical roots of the Concept. Environmental Sciences 3:2, pp 83-96.
(I) Holmberg, J., & Larsson, J. (2018) A sustainability Lighthouse—Supporting transition leadership and conversations on desirable futures. Sustainability, 10(11), pp. 3842.
(II) Williams, C. C., & Millington, A. C. (2004) The diverse and contested meanings of sustainable development. The Geographical Journal, 170 (2). pp. 99-104.
4 September / Workshop: Thinking in Systems
(I) Meadows (1999) Leverage Points: Places to Intervene in a System. The Sustainability Institute. Hartland.
(III) Chelsea Green Blog (2016) Why Title a Book “Parachuting Cats into Borneo”?
5 September / Critical Perspectives on Sustainable Development
(I) General Assembly on Sustainable Development Goals (2015) Transforming the World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
The Sustainable Development Goals are part of the document, but are presented in a more accessible way here: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/sdgs. Get cquainted with the vision and content of the Agenda and get a good overview of the goals and their targets. There are some guiding questions below. You won’t have to present your answers, but they will help with reflection.
(I) Latouche, Serge. 2003. Sustainable Development as a Paradox. University of Paris
(III) An academic criticism of the UN’s sustainable development goals for failing to include LGBT people, Mills (2015) ‘Leave No One Behind’: Gender, Sexuality and the Sustainable Development Goals.
5 September / Welcome to the Anthroposcene
(I) Rockstrom et al (2009) Planetary Boundaries: Exploring the Safe Operating Space for Humanity
(II) Andrew Dobson, (2007) Environmental Citizenship: Towards Sustainable Development, Sust. Dev. 15, 276–285
10 September / Workshop : Creativity, Innovation and Generating Ideas that Matter
(I) Christensen, Ojomo and van Bever. 2017. Africa’s New Generation of Innovators. Harvard Business Review. Available at:
(II) Birsel, 2017. To Come Up with a Good Idea, Start by Imagining the Worst Idea Possible. Harvard Business Review. Available at:
(III) Kelley, 2012. How to Build Your Creative Confidence.
11 September / Social Entrepreneurship in Uppsala
12 September / Environmental Communication and Behaviour Change
(I) Csutora 2011. The ecological footprint of green and brown consumers. Introducing the behaviour-impact-gap (BIG) problem. Available at http://www.erscp2012.eu/upload/doc/ERSCP_Full_Papers/CsutoraM_The_ecological_footprint_of_green_and_brown_consumers.pdf
(II) Espen (2015), What We Think About When We Try Not To Think About Global Warming (Chapter 4 p35-53)
Kollmuss, A., & Agyeman, J. (2002). Mind the gap: Why do people act environmentally and what are the barriers to pro-environmental behavior? Environmental Education Research, 8, 239–260.
Zsóka, Á. (2005). Consistency and awareness gaps in pro-environmental organisational behaviour. (Doctoral dissertation. Corvinus University of Budapest).
Hall, Lewis, Ellsworth (2018) Believing in climate change, but not behaving sustainably: Evidence from a one-year longitudinal study.
Tanyanyiwa (2015) Not In My Backyard (NIMBY)? : The Accumulation of Solid Waste in the Avenues Area, Harare, Zimbabwe.
Eventuellt kommer siffrorna om plikt att plocka upp skräp 98% vs de som plockar upp 2% från den här artikeln Bickman, L. (1972) Environmental attitudes and actions. Journal of Social Psychology, 87: 323-324
Szerényi (2011). Consumer behaviour and lifestyle patterns of Hungarian students with regard to environmental awareness. Available at: https://akademiai.com/doi/abs/10.1556/SocEc.33.2011.1.8
Barr, S., Shaw, G., Coles, T., & Prillwitz, J. (2010). “A holiday is a holiday”: Practicing sustainability, home and away. Journal of Transport Geography, 18, 474–481. doi:10.1016/j.jtrangeo.2009.08.007.
Csutora, 2012. One More Awareness Gap? The Behaviour–Impact Gap Problem. Available at: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10603-012-9187-8
Gatersleben et al. (2002). Self-identity threat and resistance to change: Evidence from regular travel behaviour. Available at : https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0272494412000400
17 September / Workshop : Preparing for Projects
(I) Centre for Sustainable Transformation (2016) 7 Ways to Approach Change
(III) Hodgson, D. & Cicmil, S. (2006). New Possibilities for PM Theory: A Critical Engagement. Project Management Institute. 37:3, pp. 111-122.
(IV) Stibbe et al. (2009). The Handbook of Sustainability Literacy – Introduction. Green Books Ltd, Devon. pp 9-16
18 September / Seminar I : Challenges and Opportunities in Sustainable Development
Come prepared to discuss your written preparation task and course literature up to this point in the course, in addition to the following reading :
Dryzek, J., 2013. The Politics of the Earth: Environmental Discourses. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 3-23 (Part I: Introduction).
19 September / Workshop : Project Formation
24 and 25 September / Workshop : Project Game Plan
26 September / Presentation Techniques
(I) John S. Dryzek & Alex Y. Lo (2015). Reason and rhetoric in climate communication. Environmental Politics, 24:1, 1-16.
II) McKenzie-Mohr, D. (2010). Communication, Creating Effective Messages. A chapter from the online book Fostering Sustainable Behaviour
III) Lunsford, Ruszkiewicz & Walters (2012). Everything’s an Argument. 6th Edition. Chapter 15. Please note that an Adobe pdf-viewer is needed to access the file (it’s free on adobe.com) and the password”rhetoric”.
1 October / Workshop : Facilitation and Elevator Pitching
(I) Seeds for Change (2009) Facilitating Meetings. Available at: http://seedsforchange.org.uk/short_facil.pdf
(II) 350.org (2018) Trainings. Available at: https://trainings.350.org/
(III) People and Planet (2008) Meeting Facilitation. Available at: https://peopleandplanet.org/system/files/resources/Meeting_Facilitation_%28Groups_Guide_2008%29.pdf
3 October / Workshop : Team Dynamics
(I) The Basics of Non Violent Communication 1.1 & 1.2 (personally, I was not able to stop after the second video!)
(II) Understanding Unconscious Bias
(III). The Dangers of Tribalism
(IV) Blair, I. V. (2002). The Malleability of Automatic Stereotypes and Prejudice. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 6(3), 242–261. Available online at: https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/a09f/7229272681b41253d9b2bcc1d6b5df32a05d.pdf
Marshall Roseberg (2005). We Can Work it Out: Resolving Conflicts Peacefully and Powerfully. PuddleDancer Press.
Kurt Lewin (1997). Resolving Social Conflicts – Field Theory in Social Science. American Psychological Association
The following material is not directly linked to this class, but is recommended reading from Warren for further interest :
8 October / Seminar II / Visual Communication
10 October / Seminar II / Project Pitch
(I) Smith, B. L., MacGregor, J. T. (1992). What is Collaborative Learning?. Washington Center for Improving the Quality of undergraduate Education
(II) Cuddy, Amy (2012) Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are
15 October / Storytelling
16 October / Lecture : Football Gives Strength
(II) Thornton (2017) Reclaiming Social Entrepreneurship, TEDxBend
Drew Dudley, (2010), Everyday Leadership, TED talks. Available at:
19 September / Workshop : Pluralist Economics
Ha-Joon Chang with a good introduction to Pluralist Economics:
Exploring Economics (2019) available at https://www.exploring-economics.org/en/orientation/#compare – This website can help you think about what factors are most important in the economy
22 October / Lecture : Artivism
(I) Beautiful Trouble Contributors (2017) Beautiful Trouble
(III) Canning & Reinsborough ReImagining Change : An Introduction to Story Based Strategy
23 October / Seminar III : Literature Debate
Come prepared to discuss your written preparation task and course literature to date.
29 October / Lecture : Ethics of Project Management
*This book is available as an e-book at Uppsala University library.
II) Clifford, W. K. (1877). The ethics of belief. First published. Find here: http://homepage.westmont.edu/hoeckley/Readings/CliffordEthicsOfBelief.pdf
III) Osberg, D. (2010). Taking Care of the Future?: The complex responsibility of education & politics. In Complexity theory and the politics of education (pp. 153-166). Brill Sense.
30 October / Lecture : The Common Cause – Values and Sustainability
(II) Brooks, David (2016). The Power of Altruism. The New York Times. July 8 2016.
31 October / Seminar IV : Ethics and Values in Projects
Come prepared to discuss your written preparation task and course literature up to this point in the course. The following text should also be read in preparation :
Sehlin MacNeil, K. (2015) Shafted: a case of cultural and structural violence in the power relations between a Sami community and a mining company in northern Sweden. Ethnologia Scandinavica, 45: 73-88
5 November / Workshop : Project Short Films 101
13 November / Literature Seminar IV : The Missing Perspectives
Come prepared to discuss your written preparation task and course literature up to this point in the course.