Sustainable Development – Project Management and Communication, Course Reader

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 :

Part I : Project Preparation

22nd January/ Course Introduction 

Required Reading

(I) Robinson (2010) Changing Education Paradigms

23rd January / Workshop: Thinking in Systems

Required Reading

(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.

(III) Stibbe et al (2014) The Hanbook of Sustainability Literacy. Chapters 11 and Chapter 23.

(IV) Chelsea Green Blog (2016) Why Title a Book “Parachuting Cats into Borneo”?

28th January / Workshop : Complexities of Sustainable Development

Required Reading

(I) Steffen, A. (2017, June 6) The Last Decade and You. Available at

(II) Steffen, A. (2017, December 17) Speed is Everything. Available at

(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 

29th September / Workshop : Creativity, Innovation and Generating Ideas that Matter

Required Reading

(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 : Creating Sustainable Projects

Required Reading

(I) Stibbe et al. (2009). The Handbook of Sustainability Literacy – Introduction. Green Books Ltd, Devon. pp 9-16

(II) Eriksson and Lillieskold (2010) The Handbook for Small Projects – Introduction. Saharan Printing. Egypt. pp7-19 and pp23-31

4th February / Workshop : Pluralist Economics

Required Reading

5th February / Football Gives Strength

Required Reading

(I) Kabeer (2000). Resources, Agency, Achievements: Reflections on the Measurement of Women’s Empowerment

(II) Thornton (2017) Reclaiming Social Entrepreneurship, TEDxBend

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 Project Ideas

(I) Centre for Sustainable Transformation (2016) 7 Ways to Approach Change

(II) Hodgson, D. & Cicmil, S. (2006). New Possibilities for PM Theory: A Critical Engagement. Project Management Institute. 37:3, pp. 111-122.

12th February / Workshop : Project Formation 

13th February / Workshop : Methodologies for Projects

18th February / Workshop : Project Game Plan I 

19th February / Workshop : Project Game Plan II 

20th February / Workshop : Team Dynamics

Part II : Projects in Practice

25th February / Workshop : Facilitation and Elevator Pitching

Required Reading 

(I) Seeds for Change (2009) Facilitating Meetings. Available at:

(II) (2018) Trainings. Available at:

(III) People and Planet (2008) Meeting Facilitation. Available at:

26th February / Workshop : Storytelling

Required Reading 

(I) Wood, J (2009), How Fiction Works. Jonathan Cape, London.

27th February / Lecture : Presentation Techniques

Required Reading 

(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 and the password”rhetoric”.

4th March / Lecture : Visual Communication 

5th March / Lecture : Artivism

(I) Beautiful Trouble Contributors (2017) Beautiful Trouble

(II) Introduction to Artivism

(III) Canning & Reinsborough ReImagining Change : An Introduction to Story Based Strategy 

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  

Required Reading 

I) Tännsjö, Torbjörn (2013) Understanding Ethics: An Introducton to Moral Theory. Edinburgh.Edinburgh University Press. Chapters 1,2,4,6,8.

*This book is available as an e-book at Uppsala University library.

12th March / Lecture : The Common Cause – Values and Sustainability 

Required Reading 

(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.

18th March / Lecture : Psychology and Sustainability 

Required Reading

(I) Csutora 2011The ecological footprint of green and brown consumers. Introducing the behaviour-impact-gap (BIG) problem. Available at

(II) Espen (2015), What We Think About When We Try Not To Think About Global Warming (Chapter 4 p35-53)

Recommended Reading

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.

Eventuellt kommer siffrorna om plikt att plocka upp skräp 98% vs de som plockar upp 2% från den här artikeln Bickman, L. (1972) Environmental attitudes and actions. Journal of Social Psychology, 87: 323-324

Szerényi (2011). Consumer behaviour and lifestyle patterns of Hungarian students with regard to environmental awareness. Available at:

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:

Gatersleben et al. (2002). Self-identity threat and resistance to change: Evidence from regular travel behaviour. Available at :

19th March / Lecture : Social Media for Social Change 

Required Reading

(I) The Factory in the Living Room, Sut Jhally

Recommended Reading

(II) Lawrence Lessig (2006), Code 2.0 (Chapter 1)  

(III) The Diamond Life, Sut Jhally

(IV) Stories of Electronics (2010)

(V) Vincent Mosco (2014), Up to the Cloud

27th March / Literature Seminar III : Projects for Change

Come prepared to discuss your assignment and course literature up to this point in the course.

6th May / Literature Seminar IV : The Missing Perspectives

Come prepared to discuss your assignment and course literature up to this point in the course.