Mistra Environmental Communication first findings – an afternoon of speedtalks and discussion

What do we know about environmental communication that we did not know a year ago? On May 20th, we’ll take stock of the insights that are beginning to emerge from our work within Mistra Environmental Communication.

The afternoon will include a range of short talks, presenting first findings from different parts of the programme, as well as discussions.

Discussions in small groups will explore the findings and emerging themes, also in relation to the work that is planned or still ongoing and practical implications of the findings.

You are welcome to just join for the speedtalks or to stay on for the discussion – as you prefer!

Some of the presentations may be recorded. 

More information

Date: 2021-05-20 

Time: 14:00 - 16:30 (CEST)

Link to Zoom

Passcode: 633899
Meeting ID: 645 7801 7350


Time: 2021-05-20 14:00 - 16:30
City: Online


The programme will be updated continuously.

14:00 Welcome

14:10 Talks

Power and ambivalence in dialogue experts’ stories

Amelia Mutter

This talk will present material from a series of focus groups where practitioners have discussed stories of interactions with citizens in the planning of the district Gottsunda in Uppsala. It outlines initial findings considering the question how dialogue experts make sense of their use of power in such dialogues with citizens. Our findings show that while experts are reflexive and critical about their use of power, they find it difficult to justify this usage.

Understanding government-led dialogues in Sápmi: A structural perspective

Kaisa Raitio and Annette Löf 

The WP1 case study on natural resource management in Sápmi investigates the conditions for dialogue processes between forestry and Sámi reindeer herding.  In our talk we present an analytical approach that combines three perspectives: 1) the recognition of reindeer herding communities as right-holders and hence the need for rights-based dialogues;  2) a systemic approach that recognizes the structural causes of the forestry-reindeer conflicts and analyses dialogue processes in their regulatory context; and 3) an agonistic approach that looks at the power relations and conflict dynamics within and outside the dialogue processes to assess the constructive potential of current dialogues as a planning and governing tool.

Frontstage and Backstage processes in collaboration and dialogue in Swedish natural resource management

Lars Hallgren

The construction of sustainability by Facebook groups in Sweden

Vaia Doudaki

Positioning ourselves towards and against the environment: visual and networked explorations in social media and the arts

Jutta Haider and Malte Rödl


Carbon Farming Gamification for Knowledge Co-production 

Sanna Barrineau

Forests, Fires and Relational Thinking

Max Whitman

The forgotten SDGs

Delaney Harness and Julius Klingelhöfer

Strands of Value

Shiv Ganesh and Nitha Palakshappa

Constructing sustainability problems and solutions in consultative conversations

Lars Hallgren and Sanja Vujicic



15:25 Group discussion

16:00 Plenary discussion

16:30 End


Portrait photo of a woman, photo.Anke Fischer

Programme co-director
Professor in Environmental Communication
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
Division of Environmental Communication, Department of Urban and Rural Development
Uppsala, Sweden

Telephone: +46 (0)18 67 35 56
E-mail: anke.fischer@slu.se
Read more on Anke Fischer's CV page

Black and white portrait photo of a woman, photo.Eva Friman

Programme co-director
Director of
SWEDESD – Sustainability Learning and Research Center
Uppsala University

Telephone: +46 (0)701679174
E-mail: eva.friman@swedesd.uu.se
Read more on Eva Friman's CV page