Cemus Research Forum

Today’s challenges require new forms of research and collaborations with fundamental theoretical and methodological challenges and opportunities.

CEMUS Research Forum is a group of PhD candidates and junior researchers who gather to explore theoretical and methodological approaches in sustainability research. The Forum provides a unique opportunity for inter- and transdisciplinary inquiries crosscutting single disciplines, subject fields or themes. The Forum is a collaborative, self-organising group, whose activities include a seminar series, coordination of cross faculty/ university PhD courses, a mentors programme, skills workshops and joint publications. Formal affiliation is open to Uppsala University PhD and Masterstudents but we also affiliate members from other universities (commonly SLU).

CEMUS Research Forum was initiated by PhD-students, staff and students at CEMUS in 2002 as a research school between Uppsala University and Swedish Agricultural University (SLU). Though Cemus remains a vital and enabling collaborating partner, the Forum is formally housed under the research programme Natural Resoures & Sustainable Development, and the Climate Change Leadership unit.

Want to become an affiliated student or join the e-mail list? e-mail dominic.teodorescu@kultgeog.uu.se

Activities Spring 2018

Together with students and colleagues in CEMUS, Gothenburg University and beyond, we are working on an exciting project for the spring: An Undergraduate Sustainability Journal Call for Papers. For more information contact dominic.teodorescu@kultgeog.uu.se


We seek papers that provide case studies and develop theoretical insights into the fields of environmental studies, climate change, critical studies, for example in the suggested areas of:  

  • Gender
  • Marginalisation
  • Food supply
  • Increased climate hazards
  • Resistance and organising
  • Changing landscapes and economies
  • Biodiversity and resilience
    We also welcome other creative proposals.



Check back here soon for more information on dates for spring seminars and workshops with CEFO.



Activities Autumn 2018

11 Sep Planning meeting launch start of “New CEFO”
25 Sep Pauline Herrero (CEMUS student), Design features for social learning in transformative transdisciplinary research (work in progress)
9 Oct Antonio Ballesteros (visiting PhD student from Edinburgh University, Department of Peace and Conflict, UU), “Valuating Nature to Secure our Future: An STS Approach to the Construction of Environmental Knowledge. [Work in progress]”
23 Oct Harry Fischer, Department of Urban and Rural Development, SLU- “Local democracy, rural development, and natural resource management in India.”
20 Nov Ola Persson, Department of Urban Planning and Environment, KTH. “Sufficiency in practice – The role of civil society, business and policy” (thesis outline proposal)
4 Dec 4 Dec – Zizi Moneer, a postdoctoral fellow from the American University in Cairo and visiting scholar at Uppsala University, “It is not all about economic growth”: Epistemology of the South and environmental movements in Egypt, Morocco and Algeria
18 Dec Study trip

Past activities

During the years Cefo have developed and coordinated a variety of Interdisciplinary Courses and joint publications, and Alumni Forum members remain important as mentors and academic support.


Politicized Nature: Introduction’ in Politicized Nature. Global Exchange, Resources and Power. Friman, E. and Gallardo F., G. L., eds. 2010.Uppsala: Cefo Publication Series  2. Uppsala: Centrum för miljö- och utvecklingsstudier, Uppsala Universitet.

Ekokritik: Naturen i litteraturen – en antologi. Schulz, S.L. ed., 2007. Uppsala: Cefo Publication series 1.  Uppsala: Centrum för miljö- och utvecklingsstudier, Uppsala Universitet.

From Seascapes of Extinction to Seascapes of Confidence: Territorial Use Rights in Fisheries in Chile: El Quisco and Puerto Oscuro. Gallardo Fernández, G. 2008.Stockholm: Co-Action Publishing.

The Cefo Interdisciplinary Working Paper Series (now discontintinued)

See also related Sustainability research publications

Be at the forefront of new inter- and transdisciplinary methodological and theoretical approaches in Sustainability Research

Participate in building new forms of research practices and ways of collaborating in an enabling peer to peer environment

Build your own inter- and transdisciplinary courses and other activities that can be credit bearing

Enhance your CV by organizing courses and events, participating in skillsworkshops, mentorsprogrammes and through publications