Economic Geography, Regional Development and Planning

New People at SpaceLab

In August two new PhD-students started working at SpaceLab: Jakob Grandin and Kristin Edith Abrahamsen Kjærås.

Jakob Grandin and Kristin Edith Abrahamsen Kjærås.
Jakob Grandin and Kristin Edith Abrahamsen Kjærås.
Karin Lillevold

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Their PhDs are funded through the project European Cities as Actors in Climate and Energy Transformation, funded by BRF (Bergen Research Foundation). We are looking very much forward to working with them on new exciting research!

Jakob Grandin

Before starting at SpaceLab, Jakob coordinated interdisciplinary, student-led and highly participatory university education at the Centre for Environment and Development Studies (CEMUS) at Uppsala University and the Swedish University for Agricultural Sciences. Through his work in Education for Sustainable Development, Jakob found that the “globalized” way in which many sustainability challenges are framed may lead to passivity that inhibits meaningful action. His key concern is therefore to reframe sustainable development from a science focusing on environmental problems to a creative process that enables pluralistic and socially just transformations to sustainable futures.

His current research interests concern how urban climate and energy transformations may be initiated and accelerated, and their possible effects on justice and power relations. This has led him to explore a broad range of theoretical perspectives, including policy mobilities, urban planning, assemblage theory, social practice theory, environmental justice, and the role of imagination, utopia and visions in sustainability transformations.

Kristin Edith Abrahamsen Kjærås

Before joining our team, Kristin worked as a planner for the municipality of Osterøy. At SpaceLab she will participate in the project “European cities as actors in climate and energy transformation”. Kristin´s PhD-project looks at trans-urban processes of policy making with reference to climate and energy transformation in European cities. The research involves developing better understandings of how urban policy is mobilized, learned and reassembled in and between cities with a particular focus on the geographies and effects of such processes. As cities are increasingly viewed as having a central role in advancing sustainable development it becomes relevant to question how such attempts takes place.