SDPMC Course Reader
A copy of the Handbook forSustainability Book chapters can be found here :
The SDPMC course literature requires reading of the following books:
- Holmes et al. (2011), The Common Cause Handbook, PIRC [pdf available]
- Lilliesköld and Eriksson (2009), Handbook for Small Projects, Liber [available in cemus library]
- Stibbe, A (2009), The Handbook of Sustainability Literacy: Skills for a changing world, Green Books
You will have to read ONE of the following books, choosing between
- Chouinard, Yvon (2006), Let My People Go Surfing: The Education of a Reluctant Businessman, Penguin Books
- Gladwell, Malcolm (2011), Outliers: The Story of Success, Little Brown and Company
- Taylor, Keeanda-Tamahtta (2017). How We Get Free : Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective. Haymarket Books.
In addition to these books, there is also the course reader, which includes the following required and recommended texts as follows :
22nd January/ Course Introduction
(I) Robinson (2010) Changing Education Paradigms
Sanna Barrineau and Lakin Anderson (2018) Learning “betwixt and between”: Opportunities and challenges for student-driven partnership
Hald, Matilda, ed. 2011. Transcending Boundaries: How CEMUS Is Changing How We Teach, Meet and Learn.
23rd January / Workshop: Thinking in Systems
(I) Rockstrom et al (2009) Planetary Boundaries: Exploring the Safe Operating Space for Humanity
(II) Meadows (1999) Leverage Points: Places to Intervene in a System. The Sustainability Institute. Hartland.
(IV) Chelsea Green Blog (2016) Why Title a Book “Parachuting Cats into Borneo”?
28th January / Workshop : Complexities of Sustainable Development
(I) Steffen, A. (2017, June 6) The Last Decade and You. Available at https://thenearlynow.com/the-last-decade-and-you-489a5375fbe8
(II) Steffen, A. (2017, December 17) Speed is Everything. Available at https://thenearlynow.com/on-climate-speed-is-everything-5bc47203bc7a
(III) Leach et al. (2010) Dynamic Sustainabilities : Technology, Environment and Social Justice. New York. Earthscan. pp1-13.
(IV) Pissani (2006) Sustainable development – Historical roots of the Concept. Environmental Sciences 3:2, pp 83-96.
(V) Open Working Group of the General Assembly on Sustainable Development Goals (2015) Open Working Group Proposal for Sustainable Development Goals
(I) Latouche, Serge. 2003. Sustainable Development as a Paradox. University of Paris
29th September / Workshop : Creativity, Innovation and Generating Ideas that Matter
(I) Christensen, Ojomo and van Bever. 2017. Africa’s New Generation of Innovators. Harvard Business Review. Available at:
(II) Birsel, 2017. To Come Up with a Good Idea, Start by Imagining the Worst Idea Possible. Harvard Business Review. Available at:
(III) Kelley, 2012. How to Build Your Creative Confidence.
30th January / Lecture : Regenerative Sustainable Development : Project Management and Communication
4th February / Workshop : Pluralist Economics
Recommended Reading :
5th February / Presentation Techniques
(I) John S. Dryzek & Alex Y. Lo (2015). Reason and rhetoric in climate communication. Environmental Politics, 24:1, 1-16. (Includes reading instructions to be prepared prior to the lecture)
II) McKenzie-Mohr, D. (2010). Communication, Creating Effective Messages. A chapter from the online book Fostering Sustainable Behaviour
III) Lunsford, Ruszkiewicz & Walters (2012). Everything’s an Argument. 6th Edition. Chapter 15. Please note that an Adobe pdf-viewer is needed to access the file (it’s free on adobe.com) and the password”rhetoric”.
6th February / Literature Seminar I : Challenges and Opportunities in Sustainable Development
Come prepared to discuss your assignment and course literature up to this point in the course, in addition to the following reading :
Dryzek, J., 2013. The Politics of the Earth: Environmental Discourses. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 3-23 (Part I: Introduction).
11th February / Workshop : Preparing for Projects
(I) Centre for Sustainable Transformation (2016) 7 Ways to Approach Change
(III) Hodgson, D. & Cicmil, S. (2006). New Possibilities for PM Theory: A Critical Engagement. Project Management Institute. 37:3, pp. 111-122.
(IV) Stibbe et al. (2009). The Handbook of Sustainability Literacy – Introduction. Green Books Ltd, Devon. pp 9-16
12th February / Workshop : Methodologies for Projects
13th February / Workshop : Project Formation
18th February / Workshop : Project Game Plan I
19th February / Workshop : Project Game Plan II
20th February / Workshop : Team Dynamics
With added notes from our guest lecture Warren on what you can expect from the different readings!
25th February / Workshop : Facilitation and Elevator Pitching
(I) Seeds for Change (2009) Facilitating Meetings. Available at: http://seedsforchange.org.uk/short_facil.pdf
(II) 350.org (2018) Trainings. Available at: https://trainings.350.org/
(III) People and Planet (2008) Meeting Facilitation. Available at: https://peopleandplanet.org/system/files/resources/Meeting_Facilitation_%28Groups_Guide_2008%29.pdf
26th February / Workshop : Storytelling
4th March / Lecture : Visual Communication
5th March / Lecture : Football Gives Strength
(II) Thornton (2017) Reclaiming Social Entrepreneurship, TEDxBend
Drew Dudley, (2010), Everyday Leadership, TED talks. Available at:
6th March / Project Pitch
(I) Smith, B. L., MacGregor, J. T. (1992). What is Collaborative Learning?. Washington Center for Improving the Quality of undergraduate Education
(II) Cuddy, Amy (2012) Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are
11th March / Lecture : Ethics of Project Management
*This book is available as an e-book at Uppsala University library.
12th March / Lecture : The Common Cause – Values and Sustainability
(I) Holmes et al. (2011). The Common Cause Handbook. Public Interest Research Center.
(II) Brooks, David (2016). The Power of Altruism. The New York Times. July 8 2016.
13th March / Literature Seminar II : Ethics and Values in Projects
Come prepared to discuss your assignment and course literature up to this point in the course. The following text is also recommended in preparation :
Sehlin MacNeil, K. (2015) Shafted: a case of cultural and structural violence in the power relations between a Sami community and a mining company in northern Sweden. Ethnologia Scandinavica, 45: 73-88
18th March / Lecture : Psychology and Sustainability
(I) Csutora 2011. The ecological footprint of green and brown consumers. Introducing the behaviour-impact-gap (BIG) problem. Available at http://www.erscp2012.eu/upload/doc/ERSCP_Full_Papers/CsutoraM_The_ecological_footprint_of_green_and_brown_consumers.pdf
(II) Espen (2015), What We Think About When We Try Not To Think About Global Warming (Chapter 4 p35-53)
Kollmuss, A., & Agyeman, J. (2002). Mind the gap: Why do people act environmentally and what are the barriers to pro-environmental behavior? Environmental Education Research, 8, 239–260.
Zsóka, Á. (2005). Consistency and awareness gaps in pro-environmental organisational behaviour. (Doctoral dissertation. Corvinus University of Budapest).
Hall, Lewis, Ellsworth (2018) Believing in climate change, but not behaving sustainably: Evidence from a one-year longitudinal study.
Tanyanyiwa (2015) Not In My Backyard (NIMBY)? : The Accumulation of Solid Waste in the Avenues Area, Harare, Zimbabwe.
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Szerényi (2011). Consumer behaviour and lifestyle patterns of Hungarian students with regard to environmental awareness. Available at: https://akademiai.com/doi/abs/10.1556/SocEc.33.2011.1.8
Barr, S., Shaw, G., Coles, T., & Prillwitz, J. (2010). “A holiday is a holiday”: Practicing sustainability, home and away. Journal of Transport Geography, 18, 474–481. doi:10.1016/j.jtrangeo.2009.08.007.
Csutora, 2012. One More Awareness Gap? The Behaviour–Impact Gap Problem. Available at: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10603-012-9187-8
Gatersleben et al. (2002). Self-identity threat and resistance to change: Evidence from regular travel behaviour. Available at : https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0272494412000400
19th March / Lecture : Artivism
(I) Beautiful Trouble Contributors (2017) Beautiful Trouble
(III) Canning & Reinsborough ReImagining Change : An Introduction to Story Based Strategy
20th March / Workshop : Project Short Films 101
27th March / Literature Seminar III : Projects for Change
Come prepared to discuss your assignment and course literature up to this point in the course. The following text is also recommended to help you prepare
Andrew Dobson, (2007) Environmental Citizenship: Towards Sustainable Development, Sust. Dev. 15, 276–285
6th May / Literature Seminar IV : The Missing Perspectives
Come prepared to discuss your assignment and course literature up to this point in the course.