Knowledge politics, communication and learning

Demonstration. A sign with text in English Climate justice now in the foreground.
Global climate change strike protest demonstration - No Planet B Markus Spiske

We investigate how knowledge about current environmental and developmental challenges is represented, legitimised, problematised, and understood in contexts such as education, research practices, media, and policy processes.

The Environmental Change researchers in work within four research areas. One of these areas is Knowledge Politics, Communication, and Learning.

Environmental humanities

We study how environmental issues are shaped, understood, portrayed, and made manageable in interaction with various knowledge traditions, interpretive frameworks, and political beliefs. We also analyse how problematisations of environmental issues are intertwined with narratives about place, belonging, and identity.

Environmental communication

We examine how different societal actors understand and relate to complex scientifically based information on the environment, climate, energy, technology, and societal transformations. Additionally, we explore how issues related to environmental and climate change and sustainable development are portrayed in different contexts.

Climate and sustainability visualisation

We develop tools for visualising large amounts of data, planning, and decision support. We also analyse how visualisation tools can be used in climate and sustainability communication and how they influence meaning-making. Furthermore, we develop various types of visualisation-supported research methodologies.

Learning for sustainable development

We study sustainable development as a knowledge area and explore processes of transformative learning in collaboration with various actors working towards societal transformations for sustainable development. This includes studies of educational initiatives aimed at increasing interest in scientific and technical studies for a sustainable societal transformation.