Sustainability Science Lectures
An der Fakultät Nachhaltigkeit
Prof. Dr. John Holmberg
Chalmers University of Technology
January 25th, 2017, 5:15pm, lecture hall 5 (HS 5)
"Challenge-driven innovation and Challenge Lab"
Unlike incrementally adapting ideas-driven or demand-driven innovation, challenge-driven innovation starts from the analysis of a desired future state. In the case of sustainability this is a radically different state to the status quo and forces leaders to square a time-lag or delay: the double challenge of reaching long-term complex sustainability goals at the same time as continuing to try to meet short-term operational targets. The sustainability goals call for a substantial change of existing systems, while the governance, planning methods and tools often are adapted to existing operations. Hence, there is a need to build capacity for dealing with complex and long-termed challenge-driven innovations in a transformative and integrative way. Challenge lab is design to create this kind of capacity. The methodology used at Challenge lab will be presented together with relevant learnings and results.
Dr. John Holmberg is professor of Physical Resource Theory and holds Sweden's first UNESCO Chair in Education for Sustainable Development. His main research interests are sustainable consumption, energy efficiency, industrial ecology, decoupling, back-casting, principles and indicators for sustainability and education for sustainable development (ESD).
Vergangene Sustainability Science Lectures
Dr. Sonia Valdivia
December 15th, 2016, 4:15pm, Lecture hall 3
Honorary Professorhip Ceremony
"Mainstreaming Life Cycle Thinking Worldwide: A Contribution"
Sonia Valdivia is a Programme Manager at the World Resources Forum since August 2014 on the areas of ‘sustainable recycling industries’ and ‘life cycle management’. She is also co-chair of the capacity building area of the UNEP/SETAC Life Cycle Initiative whose Secretariat she coordinated between 2005 and 2014 as staff member of the UNEP Division of Technology, Industry and Economics.
She has a PhD in environmental management and policies from the Technical University of Karlsruhe is a co-author of the UNEP “Guidelines for Social Life Cycle Assessment” and UNEP publications on “Life Cycle Management”, Towards Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment”, “Opportunities for national life cycle network creation and expansion around the world” and "the state of natural resource management in Latin America".
Dr. Rodney Irwin
December 15th, 2016, 4:15pm, Lecture hall 3
Honorary Professorship Ceremony
"Enhanced Risk Disclosure for Effective Decision Making that advances Sustainable Development."
Mainstream corporate reporting and stock exchange requirements in many jurisdictions require businesses to disclose those risks that the business acknowledge. Investors use this information in their investment decision. Similarly, over the past 10 years there has been a growth in the number of companies that report to a wider range of stakeholders on material issues that stem from the business impacts and dependences on the natural world and society. In many regards, the later also could be considered as risks. When is a material issue per a sustainability disclosure also a risk that should be on the radar of the management and investors of a business? This presentation will present, for the first time, the results of research led by Dr. Rodney Irwin within the World Business Council for Sustainable Development in 2016 on risk management and sustainability across 169 WBCSD members.
Dr. David Abson
November 2nd, 2016, 5pm, Lecture hall 3
"Leverage Points for Sustainability Transformation: Institutions, People and Knowledge"
Despite substantial focus on sustainability issues in both science and politics, humanity remains on largely unsustainable development trajectories. Partly, this is due to the failure of sustainability science to engage with the root causes of unsustainability. In parallel, understanding how changes in interconnected social-ecological systems facilitate the transformation to sustainability represents one of the key challenges of sustainability science. In this lecture I will outline our approach to addressing these two crucial issues in the inter- and transdisciplinary research project "Leverage Points for Sustainability Transformation".