Zennström Climate Change Leadership
Zennström Climate Change Leadership probes the existential questions surrounding climate change, including the demands for rapid societal transformation to mitigate climate change and the potential adaptive measures needed to live with a changing climate. The field is broad and dynamic, responding to the needs of an increasingly complex and globalised world from the point of the individual, and how one might learn to live with uncertain futures, to the global, where structures of justice and equity in politics and economics might need to be reorganised in response to changing climates.
Zennström Climate Change Leadership is characterised by a series of visiting professorships co-funded by generous donations from Zennström Philanthropies, founded by Niklas Zennström, Uppsala University alumnus, and his wife Katherine Zennström. Over the past five years, Zennström Climate Change Leadership has given space to three visiting professors, Doreen Stabinsky, Kevin Anderson and Keri Facer, who have respectively brought to Uppsala University questions of climate justice and student participation in international negotiations, equitable mitigation through carbon budgets, and universities and learning in the era of a changing climate. The professors are highly engaged with the public, inviting diverse stakeholders and partners to participate in the exploration of how to respond to climate change.
As of early 2021 we are delighted to welcome Stefania Barca as our next Zennström Professor in Climate Change Leadership. Stefania is a scholar in Environmental Humanities, with a strong commitment to environmental and climate justice. During her time in Uppsala she will be building on the legacies left by the previous professors, as well as facilitating new initiatives around the Covid-19, climate and care nexus. In particular Stefania looks forward to actively contributing to the convergence of labour, feminist, youth and climate justice organisations towards a politics of Just Transition. Stefania will begin her time in Uppsala with with a series of events with academics, practitioners and activists, exploring emergent themes stemming from such creative and participatory conversations. Her professorship will culminate in a conference on Just Transition in spring 2022, the first of this kind in Europe.