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Karin Skill

Associate Professor

Integration of sustainable development and digital inclusion

Wide civic participation has been part of policies for sustainable development for a long time. With the digitalisation of society it becomes vital to investigate how digital inclusion is related to the implementation of the global sustainable development goals (SDGs).

The digitalisation of society makes it important to interrogate what possibilities and challenges arise for people to participate as citizens, employees, politicians and administrators. In policies there are expectations for increased information flow, increased efficiency and smart choices in digitalisation and sustainability contexts. But with the observation that at least half a million Swedes are digitally excluded it becomes obvious that digital competence, or digital literacy, is required to reach the global sustainable development goals. We further need to comprehend the sociotechnical context of digital technology and how it is used in everyday situations. In our current research we study how Swedish municipalities and public libraries are organising activities to increase digital participation, and how we can integrate efforts for digital literacy and the implementation of sustainable development through collaboration at different political levels. Our research is thus about social and environmental aspects of the politics for sustainable development and digitalisation, like gender equality, and equity of distribution of competence, resources and risks.




Public lecture on techno-optimism, during the Global Week at LiU

Karin Skill held a public lunch lecture during the Global Week on “Democracy and Sustainability” at LiU, November 23, 2021, in collaboration with the Indian Student Organization and Navitas.

The topic of the talk was “Freedom from hunger, techno-optimism, and agroecology”. It dealt with Sustainable Development Goal 2, zero hunger, techno-optimism regarding artificial intelligence as a solution to hunger, and the growing agroecological movement in the South and particularly in Argentina. This is something she has been studying in collaboration with practitioners and photographers. She also talked about the role of academics in studies of sustainable development.