Climate Change Leadership – Power, Politics and Culture

Spring 2019 weeks 04-23 (late January – early June) – day time – 50% – Campus

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Application Deadline: 2018-10-15

Enrolment Code: UU-69515

Language of Instruction: English

Location: Uppsala

Selection: Higher education credits (maximum 165 credits)

Entry Requirements: 60 credits

Fees: If you are not a citizen of a European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) country, or Switzerland, you are required to pay application or tuition fees. Formal exchange students will be exempted from tuition fees, as well as the application fee. Read more about fees.

Application Fee: SEK 900

Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 32500

Tuition fee, total: SEK 32500

About the course

Climate change leadership is often mentioned in both news media and by politicians themselves, but what does it really entail? What kind of knowledge and skills define a climate change leader and how can they be learned? What kind of political, cultural and psychological resources are lacking in present initiatives?

This course discusses the fundamentals of an effective and functioning climate change leadership in a global perspective. Starting out from an analysis of how the climate has changed during the planet’s long geological history and how it plays a central role in the life of the biosphere, the course looks at why there is such a comparatively few effective responses to the issues we are facing. Then the societal and cultural effects of climate change are discussed, looking at how the use of fossil fuel has transformed modern societies and cultures and taking into account broader perspectives such as ethics, justice or gender. With the knowledge gained during the first part of the course, a framework for a working climate change leadership is critically looked at from a political, power and societal perspective.

The final part of the course is devoted to applying this framework in case studies, with the focus on both a global and local level, trying to identify different strategies for mitigation and adaptation in terms of a functioning climate change leadership.

Spring 2019

Here you can find all the main information you need for the course. 


  • Martusewicz, R. A. (2011) EcoJustice Education: Towards Diverse, Democratic and Sustainable Communities, Routledge: Abingdon
  • Leiberman, B., Gordon, E. (2018) Climate Change in Human History: Prehistory to the Present, Bloomsbury: London
  • Stoknes, P. E. (2015) What We Think About When We Try Not To Think About Global Warming, Chelsea Green: White River Junction

Powerpoint lectures for 2018:

Niclas Hällström Reflections on CCL

Cecilia Johansson Weather and climate

Bengt Gustafsson  The Big Picture – The roles of Academia and of our Hope

Laura Parducci Ecological Effects of Climate Change

Anneli Ekblom The influence of climate on human societies

Friedi May Climate Leadership Theories

                The Leaders we don’t see

                Leadership Notes

Hans Liljeström Systems Thinking

Mats Alvesson Reflexive Leadership

Ira Sundberg When we know so much, why is so little happening

Auli Niemi Carbon Capture and Storage

Field trip to Ångström   Environmental Impact studies

                                   Tidal Current Energy

                                  Wave Power as a Future Energy Source

                                    An Overview of Wind Energy

Bo Kjéllen Diplomacy and the United Nations

                Key points & documents 2017

Annkatrin Tritschoks Justice in Climate Negotiations

Impact Hub – Jesper Kjellerås, Another World is Happening

                    Kenneth Odwar, Business Model Canvas

  1. G1 – Seaweed Farm
  2. G2 – Bushwalking
  3. G3 – Recycle Pall
  4. G4 – Carbon Footprint

Fores – Erik Huss, Sustainable Business

Pierre Bois d’Enghien  Socfin: Policy for Responsible Management

Gina Cosentino Climate Change and Indigenous people

Tim Parrique The economics of climate change in 7 controversies

Cecilia’s weather websites from 17/01 lecture:

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