Our staff (Faculty, Staff and other members)
Sanna has a master’s degree in Environment, Politics and Development and has previously been working at the Centre for Environment and Development Studies (CEMUS), and the Unit for Academic Teaching and Learning at Uppsala University. She has many years of experience of working with active student participation in higher education. At SWEDESD, Sanna is planning, coordinating, and implementing activities within Campus Gotland ESD Learning Lab. She also represents SWEDESD as an environmental coordinator at Uppsala University.
Thao has a master's degree in Entrepreneurship from Uppsala University. Before joining SWEDESD, she worked in Vietnam for more than four years as project manager and consultant within the fields of education, communication and market research with a sustainability focus. At SWEDESD, she contributes to the planning and implementation of EU-funded research projects, including BONUS MIRACLE and BONUS RETURN, as well as the development of new research proposals and research networks. Her focus lies on design and facilitation of stakeholder co-inquiry and co-learning processes, development of innovative methods for stakeholder engagement. Thao works with Re-Solve process tool for scaling innovations and facilitates commissioned education on scaling. Another part of her work is fostering cooperation on research and education for sustainable development with different partners in Vietnam and the Mekong region.
Eva Friman has a background in economics and holds a PhD in Intellectual History and is the director of SWEDESD since 2015. Her research focuses on global equity and ecological sustainability from ecological economic and political ecological perspectives, and, since recently, also transformative learning. She has been a transdisciplinary researcher and lecturer for some 20 years, within for example human ecology, ecological economics, and political ecology. Eva is also an adjunct professor at the Sustainability Research Center at the University of the Sunshine Coast in Australia. At SWEDESD, Eva participates in the Re-Set research project and is a Program director for MISTRA Environmental Communication – Reframing communication for sustainability.
Rebecca is a visiting research from Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s (KPU) Department of Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems in British Columbia, Canada. Her research has been focused on developing sustainable food production systems and fostering the growth of regional food capacity in Southwest British Columbia. She has collaborated with municipal governments, community organizations and local schools to engage citizens in the community in life-long learning related to sustainability. During her time at SWEDESD, Rebecca will be focused on examining initiatives, practices and policies focused on transformational learning to inform the development of a strategic framework for KPU and community partners that are committed to sustainable regional development.
Alexander has a background in economics, with an emphasis on environmental economics. Before joining SWEDESD in 2010, Alexander worked at a County Administration Board and at the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency. At SWEDESD, his main task include trainings and certain commissioned research linked to learning processes outside the formal education system. This includes learning that takes place in collaborative governance settings or deliberative planning processes. He is particularly interested in how learning in such processes influence people’s preferences, and in how process leaders balance the partly conflicting demands put on them in democratic, planning and educational theory. Alexander is one of the developers of the Inquiry Based Approach (IBA).
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Oleksandra has a PhD in Ecology and Environmental Sciences at the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy in Ukraine, where she has been teaching Ecology and Sustainable Development study courses for 6 years. At SWEDESD, Oleksandra is conducting a post-doctoral research on Climate Change Education for Sustainable Development supported by the Swedish Institute Visby Programme 2019/2020. Oleksandra is also the head of the NGO "Ukrainian Ecological Club ”Green Wave”, based in Kyiv, Ukraine.
As an expert in ESD, David is currently collaborating with Region Gotland to support the implementation of Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals on Gotland. David is also currently finilazing a project on wicked problems and urban sustainability transition.
Martin Mickelsson has conducted his PhD in Environmental and Sustainability Education studying questions of scaling ESD-activities as learning processes. He is working as part of the Re-Solve team and with the development of a scaling tool for projects and innovations. Martin is facilitating a commissioned education in Sweden on scaling. In addition to the topic of his thesis, Martin also has a research interest in education regarding antibiotic resistance as a sustainability challenge.
Neil Powell is Professor of Sustainable Development with the Sustainability Research Centre (SRC) at the University of the Sunshine Coast, and Guest Professor at SWEDESD. He is also a Senior Research Associate at the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI). Neil’s research, training and development action is geared towards addressing intractable issues and resource dilemmas in the context water resources and governance. His present research examines governance inefficiencies and ambiguities in contexts characterised by abrupt environmental change and controversy. Neil is currently acting research leader at SWEDESD and responsible for BONUS RETURN and BONUS MIRACLE research projects, and SWEDEDS's coming master program.
Shepherd Urenje joined SWEDESD in 2010 and works as a Programme Specialist in relation to formal education. He studied Development Education at the University of London, United Kingdom, and got a professional background in teaching environmental science and development education in Zimbabwe and the UK. Shepherd coordinates ESD support in teaching and learning. Shepherd’s expertise includes implementing strategies of learning for change, strategies that develop skills and competences for sustainable development. He now facilitates ESD Courses in Higher Education in the Baltic Sea Region and Campus Gotland ESD Learning Lab. He also coordinates the Partner Network of UNESCO GAP on ESD Action Area 3 Building Capacities of Educators and Trainers and Capacity Development for Agenda 2030 in Zambia and Zimbabwe.