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Transiti(on-line) Talks with Sanna Vannar

​Climate justice
What if indigenous peoples had a say in capitalist decision-making?

Indigenous peoples are living on the frontiers of climate change, seeing their livelihoods threatened unevenly by the consequences of climate change. At the same time, there is a long history of discrimination and colonization, and many communities have been living with a threat to lives, livelihood and well-being for decades or centuries. Not least have indigenous communities been sacrificed and exploited in the name of development, often in the form of what has been considered engineering feats such as large hydropower. In this seminar, we highlight the struggles of indigenous communities, and how to avoid repeating mistakes of the past in the current transition.


Sanna Vannar, Åvddåulmusj/ president of the Sáminuorra
Sanna Vannar (24), is from Jokkmokk, and also reindeerherder. Not all the members of Sáminuorra are from reindeer herding families, but as a cornerstone of Saami culture, the reindeer are integral to the lives of all Saami. This is why the fate of the reindeer is directly linked with the future of the Saami. Sáminuorra has decided to take this Peoples Climate Case to the European General Court.


Helene Ahlborg, Associate Professor in the division of Environmental Systems Analysis of the Department of Technology Management and Economics.
Helene Ahlborg’s research is about rural electrification in East Africa and societal transformation. She studies the co-development of technology and society and how the provision of electricity services, based on small-scale renewable energy resources, impacts on people’s lives and transforms rural communities. But also, how the local context and especially social, economic and power relations between poor and rich, women and men, young and old, village and town, etc. influence the electrification process and impact on the long-term viability of the energy system.

Steve Williams, Research Group Leader - Transdisciplinary Theory, Evaluation, and Culture, Institute  for Advanced Sustainability Studies, Potsdam, DE; SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, SE; Adjunct Professor, Simon Fraser University, School of Resource and Environmental Management, Vancouver, CA 

Steve's research is on assessing the impact of sustainability transitions processes with a focus on energy systems transition. He studies the processes, effects, and impacts of transition labs with a particular emphasis on integrating conceptions of environmental justice into his analysis. Most recently, Steve is leading a new Research Group at IASS that is investigating the theory, methods, and cultures of transdisciplinary and transformative research. A common thread through his research is the integration, representation, and recognition of Indigenous peoples in transitions research and practice. Google scholar profile​

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​​About Transiti(on-line) Talks

Transitions Talks is a seminar series presented by Chalmers Initiative for Innovation and Sustainability Transitions. The organizing team are Kjell Vowles (STS), Maria Blarr (ESA), Gavin McCrory (FRT), Martin Hultman (STS), Hans Hellsmark (ESA) and Frances Sprei (FRT). Click here for more information​.
Kategori Seminarium
Plats: Online via Zoom
Tid: 2020-09-23 11:55
Sluttid: 2020-09-23 13:00

Publicerad: on 23 sep 2020.