Spring 2023: CEFO Research Seminars – starting Jan 24

CEFO seminar series spring 2023: Research practice and societal change

Building on this fall’s seminar theme of “universities, democracy and the ecological crisis” this spring’s seminar series continues in a somewhat similar vein. We invite all of those presenting their research to also briefly reflect on the ways in which they relate their research to society, e.g. as a product of society, as made with society, or produced for society. How might your research impact society? What are the assumptions you have been working from when it comes to the relationship between research practice and societal change? And how has this shaped your methodological and theoretical choices over time?

The interdisciplinary seminar takes place Tuesdays 10:15-12:00 twice per month during term time in the Baltic Library, at the Department of Earth Sciences, Villavägen 16 and online on Zoom. The last seminar each term includes planning discussions where PhD-students and researchers suggest future activities. The seminar is hosted by affiliated CEFO Members and supported by CEMUS.

Time Title and speaker Location
Jan 24
Georgios Panayiotou: Multilayer Networks – an academic’s guide to understanding social interactions Baltic Library and Zoom
7 feb
Kosma Lechowicz: OOO and the Polish coalscapes CEMUS Library and Zoom
Feb 21
Alasdair Skelton, Maria Wolrath Söderberg and Isabelle McAllister: On walking the tightrope between academia and activism. (Seminar in collaboration with Researchers Desk) Baltic Library and Zoom
March 7
Lakin Anderson: Tensions in transdisciplinary research: A study of a nascent climate research group Baltic Library and Zoom
March 21
Sverker C. Jaegers: On the Need for Applied Environmental Social Science – Arguments and Examples Baltic Library and Zoom
April 18
Björn Eriksson: Geopolitics at sea 21st century Baltic Library and Zoom
May 2
To be announced Baltic Library and Zoom
May 16
Paula Lenninger: title coming Baltic Library and Zoom
May 30
CEFO members: End of year summary/celebration/Panel discussion Baltic Library and Zoom
June 13
CEFO members: Constitutional meeting Baltic Library and Zoom

Who We Are
The Center for Environment and Development Studies Research Forum (CEFO) is a transdisciplinary research forum open to researchers and Ph.D. students at Uppsala University, SLU, and other universities in Sweden. CEFO activities focus on environment, development, and sustainability studies. We collaborate with other universities and departments to enrich research education through our transdisciplinary Sustainability Seminars, Ph.D. courses, workshops, lectures, and field trips. CEFO was initiated by Ph.D. students, staff, and students at CEMUS in 2002 as a research school between Uppsala University and Swedish Agricultural University (SLU).

CEFO is mainly driven by Ph.D. students from across Uppsala University, along with senior faculty support. Our affiliated members and other participants are from diverse departments and disciplines, bringing multiple perspectives to the discussions. We encourage conversations framed by problem, not by discipline.

What We Do
Twice per month we host a research seminar series featuring talks and workshops from CEFO members and invited speakers. We run skills workshops and organize field trips. We also initiate and run student-driven Ph.D. courses in collaboration with faculty and offer opportunities for getting feedback for your research from a wider audience. We welcome new members from all departments who hope to broaden their horizons. Seminars, workshops, and events are open to any interested Ph.D. students, researchers, master’s students, and the interested public.

Sounds Interesting?
Below you find a schedule for our activities, you are of course welcome to join them. In addition to that, we would be happy to send you invites to our activities, if you are interested in that please send an e-mail to our recruitment coordinator – CEFOcoordinator@outlook.com

To become a formally affiliated Ph.D. student see the affiliation agreement and contact the recruitment coordinator (Ryan). If you are a master student or researcher we would be happy to include you in our group as a non-affiliated member. The more the merrier!

Supported by
CEMUS Centre for Environment and Development Studies, an interdisciplinary center for education, outreach, and research at Uppsala University and Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU).