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Environmental Change has found its form

It’s time to formally open the Unit of Environmental Change at the Department of Thematic Studies. It starts on 16 October with the first ever ”Distinguished Lecture in Environmental Change”, a series of public lectures presented by leading environmental researchers.

First up is Dr Jill Jäger from the Sustainable Europe Research Institute in Vienna. She is a major authority in sustainability research and the ideal person to kickstart the new unit, by summarising what has been done in past decades – and exploring what remains to be done.

The lecture, in the Tema Building at 14.15, is open to the public. It will be followed by the formal opening, with a big ”Cheers” to the new unit, Environmental Change.

Sign in the Tema BuildingSince the summer, the unit has finished formulating its mission statement, offices have been inhabited and the signage in the building has been installed. The researchers from the Centre for Climate Science and Policy Research (CSPR) and those from the division of Water and Environmental Studies now share a hallway and lunchroom. Together they form a large research environment at Linköping University, with some 70 employees.

”Our two units have, separately, received considerable recognition for our research. And when things are going your way, that’s the time to get innovative. Now we can really build on the old idea of thematic studies: that you get better results if you attack a problem together, but from different perspectives,” says Mattias Hjerpe, director of CSPR.

Mattias Hjerpe and Eva Lövbrand outside the Tema Building”Environmental researchers in Norrköping and Linköping have always collaborated. But there’s a difference between sending emails and meeting face-to-face. We have already seen new synergies arise. We’re challenged and inspired by each other’s scientific traditions, it’s rewarding,” says Eva Lövbrand, senior lecturer from the Department of Water and Environmental Studies CSPR, who has co-led the re-organisation.

Research at Environmental Change focuses on current developments in environmental science and environmental policy. It is organised into five overarching areas: climate change, material flows and pollution, energy supply, resource management and knowledge for sustainable development. The researchers bring together the sciences, social sciences and humanities.

The new unit also takes overall responsibility for instruction in environmental sciences, which recently received top marks in national reviews, from bachelors to doctoral levels.

”This means we’re all involved in the programme in a new way. For researchers, the teaching offers more diverse ways of thinking, while the students see even clearer links between the programme and research, right from the start,” says Mattias Hjerpe.

Campus Norrköping will continue to be the base for the bachelor’s level of environmental science, with new teaching premises in the Kopparhammaren 2 Building, by the Strömmen waterway.

”The successful collaboration with visualisation researchers at LiU and climate researchers at the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute will continue as before.”

In the Kopparhammaren 2 Building, Environmental Change will have six places for researchers, and access to a decision theatre built based on the one at Arizona State University.

”It was included in the plans when Kopparhammaren was designed, but it’s not finished yet. We’re really looking forward to using it. It will be the only one in Europe, a lab for studying decision-making. We environmental researchers need to learn more about decisions made by numerous stakeholders based on uncertain information.”

From cutting-edge research to education and active participation in public debate. Environmental Change has a broad focus.

”One example is the new public lecture series, ’Distinguished Lecture in Environmental Change’. Twice a year we will invite leading environmental researchers to the unit. Firstly as visiting researcher, to comment on our research and inspire us to innovate, and secondly as guest lecturer to spread knowledge of current debate in environmental sciences research,” says Eva Lövbrand.

”Also, with such an extensive research environment, Environmental Change will be a major player in LiU Sustainable.”

Environmental Change will award its first doctoral student the day after it is opened. On 17 October, Ola Uhrqvist will defend his thesis ”Seeing and knowing the Earth as a system”.

 

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