Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies (LUCSUS)

LUCSUS is an interdisciplinary center for research, education and collaboration at Lund University that works to understand and explain complex and urgent sustainability challenges. The research combines critical perspectives with problem-solving approaches - in close collaboration with society - to contribute to sustainable development. Important research topics are: climate change and resilience; land use; sustainable urban development and climate adaptation; sustainable energy systems and energy justice; as well as biodiversity. Questions about the role of culture in the transformation of society have in recent years become increasingly important in teaching, communication and research. LUCSUS Master's Program in Environmental and Sustainability Science, LUMES, aims to provide knowledge about the interplay between cultural, economic, environmental, political and social dimensions of sustainability.

Read more about LUCSUS on their website
Read more about Master's program LUMES on the website

Ung SciShop is developed in collaboration with the following researchers at LUCSUS

Sara Brogaard

Sara Brogaard is a senior lecturer in sustainability science with a background in geography and geoscience. My research is broadly about how climate change affects rural land use dynamics, livelihoods, and attitudes. The research is based on a systems thinking, where natural and social systems are closely connected. In practice, this means that both research and teaching are conducted in interdisciplinary teams, but also in close collaboration with residents, associations or companies, as in the Young SciShops project. Working with children and young people's perspectives on the interaction with our nature provides particularly important perspectives. What questions and thoughts do our young people have for the future and how can we take advantage of these in the ongoing climate and sustainability change?

Read more about Sara Brogaard at Lund University Research Portal

Ann Åkerman

Ann Åkerman is deputy director at LUCSUS and her work, research and teaching focuses on land and water issues. She worked for many years in close collaboration with municipalities, farmers and other stakeholders in the implementation of various measures to improve water quality in southern Sweden, e.g. restoration of wetlands and rivers. She has also worked with agriculture and rural development in Zambia, with a strong focus on sustainable agricultural techniques in small-scale agriculture.

Within the Sydvatten project Think H2O! she has contributed to the development of a two-day water course at Lake Bolmen. There she has taught more are 1000 students and teachers to increase their awareness of the importance of water.

Much of her teaching today focuses on Agenda 2030. Where it is not just about learning to understand the Global Goals, but also about synergies and conflicts between the goals and how to go from knowledge to action.

Read more about Ann Åkerman at Lund University Research Portal