Sustainable Development – Project Management and Communication, Course Reader

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:

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 

Required Reading

(I) Robinson (2010) Changing Education Paradigms

Recommended Reading 

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

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 

Recommended Reading

(I) Latouche, Serge. 2003. Sustainable Development as a Paradox. University of Paris

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 : Regenerative Sustainable Development : Project Management and Communication 

4th February / Workshop : Pluralist Economics

Recommended Reading :

5th February / 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”.

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

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

(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 

Recommended Reading 

With added notes from our guest lecture Warren on what you can expect from the different readings!

Skim through the chapters in this book which addresses sustainable development in the arctic with particular attention paid to indigenous communities/ideas/case studies. It gives students another perspective on Sweden and “The Nordics” as well as another perspective on sustainable development. The editor is based at The Arctic University of Norway and may even make an interesting speaker.
Gjertsen, Tor Arne. The Gargia-Oktemtsy Conferences 2004-14. Knowledge and capacity building for sustainable business and community development in the Circumpolar North. 2015. Available at
The Indigenous Majority Group’s policy brief on the UN’s proposed sustainable development agenda. This policy document is very interesting because it provides a behind-the-scenes peek into how the building of sustainability development policy works with different stakeholders and shows what kind of input a historically overlooked/excluded stakeholder can contribute.
An academic criticism of the UN’s sustainable development goals for failing to include LGBT people, Mills (2015) ‘Leave No One Behind’: Gender, Sexuality and the Sustainable Development Goals.
Here something similar in a prettier blue and red format:
Two texts that focuses on the evolving strategies for working toward gender equality in management, within a Swedish and Indian context – the comparison of the two is very interesting!
Anna Wahl, Pia Höök, (2007) “Changes in working with gender equality in management in Sweden”, Equal Opportunities International, Vol. 26 Issue: 5, pp.435-448,
And here is a little list of recent academic articles on gender equality and sustainable development written by a diverse range of researchers:
Dhar, S. (2018). Gender and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Indian Journal of Gender Studies25(1), 47–78.
Endalcachew Bayeh (2016). The role of empowering women and achieving gender equality to the sustainable development of Ethiopia,
Pacific Science Review B: Humanities and Social Sciences, 2(1), 37-42
Bina Agarwal (2018). Gender equality, food security and the sustainable development goals. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability,
Dankelman I. (2012) Women Advocating for Sustainable Livelihoods and Gender Equality on the Global Stage. In: Harcourt W. (eds) Women Reclaiming Sustainable Livelihoods. Gender, Development and Social Change series. Palgrave Macmillan, London

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.

4th March / Lecture : Visual Communication 

5th March / Lecture :  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

Recommended Reading

Drew Dudley, (2010), Everyday Leadership, TED talks. Available at:

6th March / Project Pitch

Recommended Reading

(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. 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 

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 : Artivism 

Recommended Reading

(I) Beautiful Trouble Contributors (2017) Beautiful Trouble

(II) Introduction to Artivism

(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.