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Welcome to the
Act Sustainable Research Conference 2022

Wednesday 16/11

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.


At the first day of the conference, we highlight the fact that voices of research in many parts of the world are threatened by authoritarian politicians wanting to limit academic freedom and use research for their own agendas. To address this challenge, we are honored to welcome Professor Kwadwo Appiagyei–Atua from University of Ghana as our first keynote speaker.  In his talk he will draw on his research on how to build academic freedom in Africa, his expertise about international law and human rights and his engagement in organizations such as the Global Observatory on Academic Freedom.


Dr Appiagyei–Atua will also be part of a panel discussion at the end of day one, led by

Isabell Schierenbeck, Professor at the School of Global Studies and board member of the Global Sustainable Futures Platform.


Read more about the programme below!

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

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Wednesday - 16/11

Act Sustainable Research Conference 2022

Registration & Mingle

Time: 08:30-9:00

Place: Stora Hallen



Welcome speach & introduction


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

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

  • Ellika Faust, Moderator of the conference and Researcher at the Department of Marine Sciences at the University of Gothenburg


Ingela Dahlöf

University of Gothenburg


Fredrik Nilsson


Time: 09:00-9:20

Place: Lingsalen


Ellika Faust

Conference Moderator

The application of students’ and scholars’ right to academic freedom

Keynote speech by Prof. Kwadwo Appiagyei–Atua, University of Ghana


Kwadwo Appiagyei–Atua is Associate Professor at the School of Law at University of Ghana and has among other things conducted research on how to build academic freedom and democracy in Africa. He is also a board member of the Global Observatory on Academic Freedom, based in Vienna, among many other international engagements.

Time: 09:20-9:45

Place: Lingsalen




Parallel Session

Rethinking knowledge - Session 1

The Social Space of Sustainability Science:  A Bibliometric Study of Leading Journals (1990-2021)
Marco Schirone, PhD student, Department of Communication and Learning in Science, Chalmers

Understanding the resistance to carbon taxes: Drivers and barriers among the general public and fuel-tax protesters
Jens Ewald, PhD-student, Department of Economics, University of Gothenburg


Exploring possibilities for transforming human-animal relations through a collaborative project with teachers, students, scholars, and social movements
Jonna Håkansson, PhD-student, Department of Pedagogical Curricular and Professional Studies, University of Gothenburg

Moderator: Ellika Faust

Time: 09:45-10:35

Place: Lingsalen

Renegotiating inequality - Session 2


Who picks up the bill for sustainability? A case study of stakeholder acts in the Peladrone Project for small-medium fishers in Portugal

Robin Teigland, Professor, Department of Technology Management and Economics, Chalmers


Stunting among children under-3 years in the

Northern Province of Rwanda: A challenge for sustainable development of Rwanda

Jean Nepo Utumatwishima, PhD student, Department of Public Health and Community Medicine, University of Gothenburg

Epistemic injustices in research on ageing and health

Qarin Lood, Associate Professor, Department of Neuroscience and physiology, University of Gothenburg

Moderator: Nils Björling, Senior Lecturer, Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering, Chalmers

Time: 09:45-10:35

Place: Stora Hallen


Coffee break - Fika

Time: 10:35-10:55

Place: Stora Hallen


Parallel Sessions

Rethinking knowledge - Session 1 (continued)

The effectiveness of using online education technologies in times of cascading crises:  digital transformation of Ukrainian higher education
Natalia Berbyuk Lindström, Associate Professor, Department of Applied IT, University of Gothenburg, Aleksandre Asatiani, Senior Lecturer, Department of Applied IT, University of Gothenburg, Natalia Kononova, Research Coordinator, Department of Applied IT, University of Gothenburg, Simon Kuznets, Kharkiv National University of Economics, Ukraine, Liudmyla Grynevych, Phd Student, Simon Kuznets Kharkiv National University of Economics, Ukraine


Preschool children’s and the UN agenda of 2030:  Developing, implementing and monitoring of a psychological intervention for pursing desired behavior

Muhammad Babar Shahzad, PhD candidate, Pakistan Currency Exchange Company

Time: 10:55-11:30

Place: Lingsalen

Reimagining the world - Session 3


Rights of nature and the legal architecture of the oceans
Gabriela Argüello, Vonintsoa Rafaly Postdoctoral researchers and Nkeiru Scotcher, Knowledge Exchange Associate, One Ocean Hub. University of Strathclyde.

From sustainable communities towards communities of compost? Two examples of the role of tentacular thinking and art-science worldings for this transition.

Juan Velasquez, Associate Professor, Department of Cultural Sciences, University of Gothenburg

Moderator: Nils Björling, Senior Lecturer, Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering, Chalmers

Time: 10:55-11:30

Place: Stora Hallen

Wrap up Panel


How do we join forces to protect academic freedom?


  • Kwadwo Appiagyei-Atua, University of Ghana

  • Staffan Lindberg, Director V-dem institute, University of Gothenburg

  • Pernilla Nordqvist, PhD student, School of Global Studies, University of Gothenburg

Moderator: Isabell Schierenbeck, School of Global Studies, University of Gothenburg

Time: 11:35-12:15

Place: Lingsalen


Kwadwo Appigayei-Atua

University of Ghana

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Staffan I. Lindberg

University of Gothenburg


Pernilla Nordqvist

University of Gothenburg


Isabell Schierenbeck




Mingle lunch

Time: 12:15-13:15

Place: Outside of Lingsalen

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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.

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