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Transition Talks

​These are times of exceptional social turmoil, environmental degradation and technological change. They call on us to think big, and to think differently, when rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes are called for. 

Transition Talks invites you to explore new perspectives on innovation and sustainability. During an extended lunch, we bring together leading thinkers from civil society with academic researchers. We present a challenging keynote speech and facilitate a discussion with invited panelists. We provide an opportunity to reflect, talk and network. And we serve good food.

The purpose of Transition Talks is to put our research efforts in a broader context, by inviting new perspectives on innovation and sustainability, as well as to explore the role and orientation of our work in relation to pressing social and environmental challenges. In addition, Transitions Talks provides a platform for scholarly interaction and highlights the emerging network around Chalmers Initiative for Innovation and Sustainability Transitions.

Transition Talks is a seminar series presented by Chalmers Initiative for Innovation and Sustainability Transitions.
Six seminars are planned for 2019. No registration is necessary.
The talks will be held in English and there will be a vegetarian lunch available for the first 40 guests!

See you at Veras Gräsmatta!


Seminars, spring 2019


Rights of nature

What if we acknowledged that nature has a legal right not to be polluted, undermined and destroyed?
Human activities threaten biodiversity to the extent that we are currently witnessing the sixth mass extinction of species. It is clear that environmental regulation, based on anthropocentric arguments, fails in its efforts to protect the natural environment. In this seminar, we highlight a global movement that promotes the idea that nature has intrinsic value and discuss what role the rights of nature play in sustainability transitions.
Date and time: March 6th, 12.00-13.00
Venue: Veras Gräsmatta
Keynote speaker: Pella Thiel, Rights of Nature Sweden
  • Marie Widengård, School of Global Studies, University of Gothenburg
  • Thomas Laurien, Academy of Design and Crafts, University of Gothenburg
  • Martin Persson, Physical Resource Theory, Chalmers




What if we moved savings and shifted investments from fossil energy assets?
Climate change calls for an immediate and immense transformation of the global energy system. But vested interests successfully resist change and maintain power and privilege – for example, fossil energy subsidies widely exceed investments in renewable energy, and many national economies are closely linked to fossil fuel interests. Sustainability transitions may accordingly require actions and policies that aim to dismantle existing industrial structures. In this seminar, we explore divestment from fossil energy assets as a tool for sustainable change and discuss how it can be used in different societal contexts.
Date and time: April 4th, 12.00-13.00
Venue: Veras Gräsmatta
Keynote speaker: Olivia Linander, Fossil Free Sweden
  • Maria Djupström, Sustainabiltiy Strategist, Chalmers
  • Joakim Sandberg, Senior Lecturer in Practical Philosophy, Gothenburg University
  • Björn Sandén, Professor of Innovation and Sustainability, Chalmers


What if we took democracy seriously?
Environmental problems are deeply intertwined with social conflict and poverty. As climate change and resource depletion put increasing pressures on society, more and more people will be forced to migrate in search for means of survival. At the same time, global collaboration, solidarity and democracy is threatened by the rise of right-wing nationalism – refugees are treated as problems, when they are nothing but human beings that flee problems. In this seminar, we highlight the interdependence of (re)democratization and sustainability transitions, and discuss how a democratic perspective can support efforts to promote sustainable change.
Date and time: May 6th, 12.00-13.00
Venue: Veras Gräsmatta
Keynote speaker: Shora Esmailian, Journalist and activitist

Seminars, autumn 2019



What if we imagined an economy that not only promotes circular resource flows, but also ensures their equitable distribution?


What if we recognized the relationship between armed conflict and sustainable development?


What if we looked beyond sustainability and tried to restore some of the ecological damage we have done?

Publicerad: to 31 jan 2019. Ändrad: to 02 maj 2019