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Jakob Grandin

Associate Professor, convener UiB Collaboratory
  • E-mailJakob.Grandin@uib.no
  • Visitor Address
    Fosswinckels gate 6
    Lauritz Meltzers hus
    5007 Bergen
  • Postal Address
    Postboks 7802
    5020 Bergen

I am PhD researcher at SpaceLab, Department of Geography and the Centre for Climate and Energy Transformation and convener of the UiB Collaboratory. I have two main interests: to bring the social sciences into the conversation about sustainability and transformation, and to promote innovation in higher education to faciliate active learning and collaboration.

My research explores how cities work together to pursue ambitious, deep and rapid climate transformation policies. I am particularly interested in the politics of how urban transformation pathways are assembled and the temporality of rapid change. A key aim is use theoretical approaches from the critical social sciences – particularly human geography's relational turn and the policy mobilities literature - to shed light on the political dynamics of transformation. I have also convened of the UiB Collaboratory which brings together students and researchers to co-create methods for learning and collaboration that are appropriate for the complexity of current social and environmental challenges. 

Before moving to Bergen, I worked with interdisciplinary and student-led higher education at CEMUS/Centre for Sustainable Development at Uppsala University and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, where I still teach from time to time.

I am passionate about higher education and try to develop dynamic and participatory ways of learning through the UiB Collaboratory and my teaching activities the University of Bergen and Uppsala University. At the Department of Geography at UiB, I am coordinating teacher of the following courses:

  • GEO328: Planning and Society
  • GEO206: Qualitative Analysis
  • GEO292: Field Course in Regional Geography

I am also contributing to the following courses at UiB:

  • GEO100: Introduction to Geography: Global Challenges and Local Responses
  • GEO125: Economic Globalisation, Production Systems and Environment
  • GEO306: Methods in Human Geography

I founded the UiB Collaboratory together with Tarje Wanvik to bring together students and researchers to co-create methods for learning and collaboration that are appropriate for the complexity of current social and environmental challenges. The Collaboratory is organized as a student-faculty partnership and organizes the Bergen International Student Conference, among other activities.

Before Bergen, I worked for ten years with interdisciplinary and participatory higher education at Uppsala University, where I still teach from time to time. I mainly focus on social science perspectives on sustainable development, complexity and systems thinking and strategies for change at the following courses Sustainable Development AClimate Change Leadership in Practice, the Masters Programme in Sustainable Development and Sustainable Development - Project Management and Communication. I am also part of the academic course work group for the courses Critical Perspectives on Sustainable Development in Sweden and Sustainable Development A.

I have shared my thoughts on higher education, learning and sustainability at the United Nations, in MorgenbladetKhrono, the anthology Transcending BoundariesCChange Perspectives, the CEMUS Diaries, in the development of the ActSHEN principles, and in Uppsala University's Active Student Participation project.

Academic article
  • Show author(s) (2023). Rendering the future governable: Navigating temporality and uncertainty in Oslo's climate transformation. Geoforum.
  • Show author(s) (2022). Multiscalar Practices of Fossil Fuel Displacement. Annals of the American Association of Geographers. 808-818.
  • Show author(s) (2020). What sticks? Ephemerality, permanence and local transition pathways. Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions. 72-82.
  • Show author(s) (2020). Transforming knowledge systems for life on Earth: Visions of future systems and how to get there. Energy Research & Social Science.
  • Show author(s) (2020). Transformation as relational mobilisation: The networked geography of Addis Ababa’s sustainable transport interventions. Environment & Planning. D, Society and Space.
  • Show author(s) (2019). European green capitals: branding, spatial dislocation or catalysts for change? Geografiska Annaler: Series B, Human Geography.
  • Show author(s) (2018). Transformative social science? Modes of engagement in climate and energy solutions. Energy Research & Social Science. 197 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2021). Institutional synergies for sustainability learning - the university as ecosystem and social actor.
Reader opinion piece
  • Show author(s) (2016). Lagånd og gullprestasjoner i akademia. Morgenbladet.
Academic anthology/Conference proceedings
  • Show author(s) (2023). Haste: The slow politics of climate urgency. UCL Press.
Popular scientific article
  • Show author(s) (2019). Klimatet och framtiden som inte kan börja. Røyst.
  • Show author(s) (2018). Sustainable universities? Norwegian Research School of Global Health blog.
  • Show author(s) (2018). De misforståtte byene. Energi og Klima : Norsk klimastiftelses nettmagasin. 3 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2017). “It feels almost surreal”: Being strategic about how we design participation in order to enlarge the space of the possible. LUMAT-B: International Journal of Math, Science and Technology Education. 79-83.
Feature article
  • Show author(s) (2019). Å gi studenter reell innflytelse over utdanningen sin har en egenverdi. Khrono.no.
  • Show author(s) (2019). Klimaskam og integritet. Morgenbladet.
  • Show author(s) (2018). Nå haster det med klimaomstillingen. Bergens Tidende.
  • Show author(s) (2018). Imorgen, imorgen, ikkje idag. Klassekampen.
  • Show author(s) (2018). Bærekraftsmålene som endringskraft for universitetene. Khrono.no. 2 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2017). To re-educate desire: practicing pluralism, participation and possibility. CEMUS Diaries. 3 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2017). Byen vår er gjort om til et levende laboratorium. Bergens Tidende. 56-57.
  • Show author(s) (2016). Retten til framtidens Bergen. Bergens Tidende.
Academic chapter/article/Conference paper
  • Show author(s) (2018). Translokala utvecklingsstigar: relationell politik i Oslos Bilfritt byliv. 22 pages.
Academic literature review
  • Show author(s) (2018). The politics of rapid urban transformation. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability. 16-22.

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