Welcome to the
Act Sustainable Research Conference 2022

Friday 18/11

At Act Sustainable Research Conference we invite you to share, learn and discuss what knowledge we need and actions we can take for a sustainable future when challenged by decreasing democracy and increasing polarization.

 

This last day of the conference we aim to provide inspiration and new ideas for concrete action we can take as researchers and research institutions in western Sweden. As our last keynote speaker, we have invited Karin Bäckstrand, Professor in Environmental Social Science at University of Stockholm. Among other things Karin will share some of the insights from the ongoing research project Transformative partnerships for sustainable development. The project aims to examine if, how and when multistakeholder partnerships in global governance can act as a vehicle to accelerate transformative shifts towards sustainability.

 

In the wrap up panel, we are joined by representatives from six higher education institutions in western Sweden that form the alliance Lärosäten Väst. The panel will talk about the work to establish a regional arena for Sustainable Development, and discuss concrete ideas of what such an arena can do and contribute with.

About the conference
Act Sustainable Research Conference is organized during three half days at Studenternas Hus, Götabergsgatan 17. Each morning we start with some coffee and mingle from 8.30–9.00 and finish with a mingle lunch between 12.15–13.15.

The conference consists of plenary sessions with keynote speakers and a panel discussion that wraps up each day. Most of the conference will be used for thematic sessions where researchers from different disciplines will give short presentations about their research or host a roundtable discussion. There will be two parallel sessions, one in Lingsalen and one in the main room at Studenternas hus.

For people not travelling to Gothenburg it will be possible to attend the plenary session as well as other presentations given in Lingsalen in Zoom.

 

For whom?
Act Sustainable Research Conference is aimed mainly for researchers and PhD–students associated with Chalmers and the University of Gothenburg, and researchers in low– and middle–income countries linked to the Global Sustainable Futures platform. We also welcome researchers from other parts of the country and the world, as well as students and external stakeholders who want to learn about new research and exchange knowledge and ideas for how we can collaborate towards a sustainable future.

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Friday - 18/11

Act Sustainable Research Conference 2022

Registration & Mingle

Time: 08:30-9:00

Place: Stora Hallen

8.30-9.00

9.00-9.50

Parallel Session

Rethinking production - Session 10

Revisiting the research agenda for sustainable production

Melanie Despeisse, Associate Professor, Industrial and Material Science, Chalmers

 

Data Governance in a Waste Recovery Circular Economy Initiative in Africa
Ida Heathcote-Fumador, PhD student, Department of Technology Management and Economics, Chalmers

Moderator: Ellika Faust

Time: 09:00-09:35

Place: Lingsalen

Roundtable discussion (in Swedish only) - Session 11

Praktiska hinder för en hållbart gestaltad livsmiljö

Hosts: Lisa Bomble, Associate Professor, Division of Urban Planning and Development, University West, Anders Kyrkander, Project leader, RISE

Johan Tibell, Lecturer, Division of Urban Planning and Development, University West

Välkomna till ett samtal där vi ställer er forskare frågor om hållbar planering för gestaltad livsmiljö i en svensk kontext. 

Time: 09:00-09:50

Place: Stora Hallen

Coffee break

Time: 9:50-10:05

Place: Stora Hallen

9.50-10.05

10.05-10.55

Parallel Session

Rescaling planning - Session 12

 

A bridge over sustainable water – a study of local administrative boundaries and asymmetrical payoffs in Sweden’s largest water system

Anna Bendz, Associate Professor, Department of Political Studies, University of Gothenburg

 

Making Meaning of Social Sustainability in Strategic Planning Practice

Hannah Saldert, Lecturer at the Division of Urban Planning and Development, University West
 

Regional enlargement and its consequences for a differentiated geography

Charlotta Capitao Patrao, PhD student, Department of Economy and Society, University of Gothenburg

Moderator: Ellika Faust

Time: 10:05-10:55

Place: Lingsalen

Roundtable discussion -
Session 13

Transgressing knowledge-action paradigms

Host: Johan Holmén, Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Space, Earth and the Environment, Chalmers

Co hosts: Kerstin Hemström, Project Manager, Centre for Sustainable Urban Futures, Chalmers & Gavin McCrory, PhD Candidate, Department of Space, Earth and Environment, Chalmers

 

This roundtable discussion is an invitation to anyone who holds interest or experience on sustainability challenges in practice. It is organized around an exploratory dialogue where we share our perspectives and reflect upon the benefits and drawbacks of the knowledge-action framing of problems.

Time: 10:05-10:55

Place: Stora Hallen

Roundtable discussion -
Session 14

Revisiting the research agenda for sustainable production
Host: Melanie Despeisse, Associate Professor, Industrial and Material Science, Chalmers

The roundtable objective is to discuss pressing research needs about how to boost the sustainability of production systems and how to integrate environmental aspects as foundations for industrial development.

Time: 10:05-10:55

Place: Stora Hallen

Democratic legitimacy and effectiveness of Multi-stakeholder partnerships in the 2030 Agenda?

Keynote speech by Karin Bäckstrand, Professor in Environmental Social Science at the Department of Political Science at Stockholm University

Karin Bäckstrand is Professor in Environmental Social Science at the Department of Political Science at Stockholm University. She is also former member of the Swedish Climate Policy Council and Associate Senior at Center for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance at Canberra University, Australia. At the Institute for Future Studies, she is principal investigator for the project Transformative partnerships for sustainable development.

Time: 11:00-11:25

Place: Lingsalen

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11.00-11.25

Wrap up Panel

An arena for Sustainable Development in western Sweden

 

Panelists:

  • Pam Fredman, Acting Director, Gothenburg Centre for Sustainable Development, GMV

  • Ingela Dahlöf, Pro–dean at the Faculty of Science, University of Gothenburg

  • Lena Lindhe, Collaboration Strategist at the Grants and Innovation Office, University West

  • Fredrik Nilsson, Vice President of Campus and Sustainable Development, Chalmers

  • Anders Stenström, Director of Research and Innovation, University of Borås
     

  • Moderator: Martin Eriksson, Deputy director, Gothenburg Centre for Sustainable Development, GMV

Time: 11:35-12:15

Place: Lingsalen

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Pam Fredman

Gothenburg Centre for Sustainable Development, GMV

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Ingela Dahlöf

University of Gothenburg

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Fredrik Nilsson 

Chalmers 

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Anders Stenström

Univeristy of Borås

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Lena Lindhe

University West

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Martin Eriksson

Gothenburg Centre for Sustainable Development, GMV

11.25-12.15

12.15-13.15

Mingle lunch

Time: 12:15-13:15

Place: Outside of Lingsalen

Afternoon Session - 18/11

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Act Sustainable 2022
Closing Mingle and Fair 

During the afternoon all participants of the Act Sustainable Research Conference are welcome to participate in the official closing mingle and fair of Act Sustainable 2022!  If you have already registered for the research conference you do not need to register to the mingle separately. Welcome!

Get ready to  mingle with other students and staff at the closing mingle and fair! You will also be able to meet with sustainability related organisations at Chalmers University of Technology and the University of Gothenburg as well as partners of Act Sustainable 2022!

During the afternoon we hand out the GUSTA (GU Sustainability Thesis Award) and we are joined by students from the Academy of Music and Drama who will share their interpretation of this year’s theme Democracy in a Changing Climate.  When you mingle with our partners and friends you can also visit our Circular Swap Shop area and partake in our interactive installation. Or why not grab a glass of sparkling cider and some snacks provided by Mycorena?

Read more about the Circular Swap Shop

Time: 14.00-16:30 (Drop-in)

Place: Stora Salen, Studenternas Hus, Götabergsgatan 17

Organisers: Welcome Services at the University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg Global Biodiversity Centre, Gothenburg Centre for Sustainable Development, GMV

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Act Sustainable is Chalmers University of Technology´s and the University of Gothenburg´s annual sustainability week for students, researchers, teachers and staff. The aim is to bring the universities closer together in multidisciplinary perspectives on sustainable
development through inspiration, and knowledge.