Towards Improved Interactions in the Two-Way Flow of Risk-Related Chemical Information - The Cases

Start date 01/09/2007
End date The project is closed: 30/06/2012
The use of chemicals in daily products is immense. Increased insights into the flows of information about chemicals, from producers to users and vice versa, may lead to reductions of hazardous chemical exposures. This interdisciplinary research project is a cooperation between researchers at Chalmers University, Lund University, Malmö University and University College of Gaevle. Within the project, the distribution and interpretation of chemical information is analyzed with the aim to give a better understanding for how chemical information is distributed, interpreted and used.
Case studies of three types of consumer products, namely textile, toys and paint. It is studied how chemical risk information is communicated between different actors of a product chain as well as how chemical risk information is interpreted by different actors in society. Also processes of information feedback in product chains are studied
Mainly, the project will lead to better knowledge concerning information flows in the socio-technical systems for toys, textile and paint. Hopefully, this knowledge will lead to improved policy decisions and altered routines, and, in extension, to reduced chemical risks in society. ​
Project leader
​Mikael Klintman
All project members
Sverker Molander,
Mikael Klintman,
Ernst Hollander,
Jesper Sjöström,
Kristin Fransson,
Emelie Stenborg.
External partners at the project

Lund University,

Malmö University,

University College of Gaevle.​

Articles, reports, theses, conference and workshop presentations
Fransson, K., Molander, S. 2012. Handling Chemical Risk Information in International Textile Supply Chains. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, in press.
Sjöström, J. 2011. Towards Bildung-Oriented Chemistry Education. Science Education, in press.
Klintman, M., Kronsell, A. 2010. Challenges to legitimacy in food safety governance? The case of the European Food Safety Authority. Journal of European Integration, 32 (3), 309-327.
Klintman, M. 2009. Participation in Green Consumer Policies: Deliberative Democracy under Wrong Conditions? Journal of Consumer Policy, 32, 43–57.
Boström, M., Klintman, M. 2009. The green political food consumer: A critical analysis of the research and policies. Anthropology of Food, S5, September. Available Online,
Klintman, M. and Boström, M. 2011. Political consumerism and the transition towards a more sustainable food regime: Looking behind and beyond the organic shelf.” Ch. 5 in Spaargaren, G., Loeber, A. and Oosterveer, P. (Eds.), Food Practices in Transition: Changing Food Consumption, Retail and Production in the Age of Reflexive Modernity.
London: Routledge.
Hollander, E. 2011. The Doll, the Globe and the Boomerang: Chemical Risks in the Future: Introduced by a Chinese Doll Coming to Sweden. Gävle: University of Gävle.
Boström, M. and Klintman, M. 2008/2011. Eco-Standards, Product Labelling and Green Consumerism. Hampshire, UK: Palgrave Macmillan (pp. 256).
Hermele, K., Hollander, E. 2008, Taking sustainability into account. In Frostell, B., et al. (Eds.) Science for Sustainable Development - The Social Challenge with Emphasis on the Conditions for Change. VHU, Uppsala, Sweden.
Sjöström, J. 2009. Den humanistiska kemiläraren. Kemivärlden Biotech med Kemisk Tidskrift, nr. 10/2009, s. 37.
Sjöström, J. 2008. Kemi i massmedia. Kemivärlden Biotech med Kemisk Tidskrift, nr. 10/2008, s. 49.
Sjöström, Jesper. 2011. På väg mot bildningsorienterad kemiundervisning. NFSUN (Nordiskt ForskarSymposium om Undervisning i Naturvetenskap), Linköping University, Linköping, June 14-16.
Sjöström, Jesper. 2010. To choose tomato ketchup – using scientific knowledge in everyday life. NERA (Nordic Educational Research Association) conference: Active Citizenship, Malmö, Sweden, March 11-13.
Sjöström, Jesper. 2010. Kemikaliedidaktik – varför, vad och hur? FND 2010 - Att kommunicera naturvetenskap i teori och praktik – ett möte mellan lärarutbildning, skola och NV-didaktisk forskning. Kristianstad, Sweden, November 16-17.
Sjöström, Jesper. 2010. Public Understanding of Chemicals and Chemical Risk Information. Workshop, Malmö University, Malmö, Sweden, August 24-25.
Stenborg, Emelie. 2009. Chemical Risk Information Flows to and from the Public: Investigating member organizations at two levels in Sweden, Coping with Uncertainty, A Multidisciplinary Research Conference on Risk Governance in the Baltic Sea Region, Stockholm, Sweden, November 15-17.
Stenborg, Emelie. 2009. Managing the Chemical Risks with Consumer Goods: The Dual Role and Dilemmas of Member Organisations, ESA Conference of European Sociological Association, Lisbon, Portugal, September 2-5.
Sjöström, Jesper. 2008. Nytta-risk-tänkande kring kemikalier som en del av medborgerlig bildning – varför och hur? FND 2008 - NV-didaktisk forskning och lärarutbildning i samverkan, Stockholm, Sweden, October 20-21.
Formas - The Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning​

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