Centre for Climate and Energy Transformation (CET)
CET Lunch seminar

The Geography of Nordic Sustainability transitions: Green growth initiatives in Värmland, Skåne, and Nordjylland

CET is happy to announce the upcoming seminar with Suyash Jolly from Lund University on the 11th of October.

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This presentation focuses on introducing the GONST (The Geography of Nordic Sustainability Transitions) research project with the aim of understanding of how transition towards green growth unfolds in different Nordic regions. The research project starts from the premise that there is no one size fit approach to greening the regions. Realizing visions for green growth depend to a large extent on place-based institutional conditions, human capital and skills, technological specialization, level of resource endowments and active role taken by regional change agents in challenging regional institutional structures. The GONST project, therefore, addresses place-based and context-dependent nature of green growth in 8 different Nordic regions (i.e., Värmland, Skåne, Nordjylland, Syddanmark, Tampere, Central Finland, Trøndelag and Hordaland).                   

In the GONST project, green growth in the Nordic regions is defined as a process of creative destruction which challenges incumbent industries and rearranges existing industrial structures depending on pre-existing strength and specializations to new green industries and emergence of new entrepreneurial initiatives. In this presentation, I will focus on three specific case studies in Sweden and Denmark: Bio-economy development in Värmland; Biogas development in Skåne and the development of maritime cluster in Nordjylland. I will highlight insights from the three different case studies based on 40 semi-structured interviews with different regional experts in the three regions and different archival data sources. The overall aim is to showcase context-specific challenges and barriers to green growth in the different industries in the different regions. The presentation will conclude by showcasing ongoing and future work in the project.

For more details please see the link: https://www.gonst.lu.se/about-gonst-0

Suyash Jolly is currently working as a Postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Human Geography on the GONST (Geography of Nordic Sustainability Transitions) project focusing on green growth in different Nordic regions. Before working in Lund University, he worked as a Postdoctoral researcher in Division of History of Science, Technology, and Environment, KTH Royal University of Technology. He obtained his Ph.D. and MSc. In Innovation Sciences from the Department of Industrial Engineering and Innovation Sciences, Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven, The Netherlands, and a bachelor degree in mechanical engineering from Vellore Institute of Technology University, Vellore, India. His research work is interdisciplinary, as he draws on insights from organization and management studies, sustainability transitions, Economic and Human geography, Science and Technology Studies (STS) and development studies to address novel questions related to the transformation of our current socio-technical systems. Suyash has a broad interest in sustainability transitions in the Nordic countries as well as developing economies such as India and aims to develop concepts and approaches which help policymakers and citizens in finding solutions to the current sustainability challenges.   

All interested are welcome!

Lunch will be served, so please let us know if you are coming by sending an e-mail to judith.dalsgard@uib.no