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Kuchler, M. & Hedrén, J. (2016). Bioenergy as an Empty Signifier. Review of Radical Political Economics, 48(2), 235-251
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2016 (English)In: Review of Radical Political Economics, ISSN 1552-8502, Vol. 48, no 2, p. 235-251Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The article provides insight into the contemporary international bioenergy debate and scrutinizes how the idea of biofuel production as a win-win-win solution to energy insecurity, climate change, and agricultural stagnation came into being, what discursive forces bind such a conceptualization, and where dislocations arise. Based on critical assumptions of discourse theory developed by Laclau and Mouffe, the analysis explores assessments, reports, policy papers, and other central documents from three influential international organizations—the International Energy Agency, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization—that provide an entry point to the global debate on biofuels. We show that the bioenergy concept occupies specific positions and conveys different meanings within the three overlapping discourses of energy, climate, and agriculture. These three discursive areas are further “sutured” around the notion of biofuel production, where a hegemonic thread of the capitalist market economics, fixated on economic growth and presupposing the necessity of cost-effectiveness, results in internal contradictions and dislocations within the win-win-win conceptualization, emptying bioenergy of any content.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sage Publications, 2016
Keywords
bioenergy, biofuels, debate, discourse, international organizations, hegemony
National Category
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies) Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Environmental Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-121024 (URN)10.1177/0486613415591804 (DOI)000378765000003 ()
Funder
Swedish Research Council Formas, 2007-671
Available from: 2015-09-02 Created: 2015-09-02 Last updated: 2018-01-11
Åsberg, C., Neimanis, A. & Hedrén, J. (2015). Four Problems, Four Directions For Environmental Humanities: Toward A Critical Posthumanities For the Anthropocene. Ethics and the Environment, 20(1), 67-97
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Four Problems, Four Directions For Environmental Humanities: Toward A Critical Posthumanities For the Anthropocene
2015 (English)In: Ethics and the Environment, ISSN 1085-6633, E-ISSN 1535-5306, Vol. 20, no 1, p. 67-97Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Taking into account intersecting trends in political, academic, and popular engagements with environmental issues, this paper concerns the development of environmental humanities as an academic field of inquiry, specifically in this new era many are calling the Anthropocene. After a brief outline of the environmental humanities as a field, we delimit four problems that currently frame our relation to the environment, namely: alienation and intangibility; the post-political situation; negative framing of environmental change; and compartmentalization of “the environment” from other spheres of concern. Addressing these problems, we argue, is not possible without environmental humanities. Given that this field is not entirely new, our second objective is to propose specific shifts in the environmental humanities that could address the aforementioned problems. These include attention to environmental imaginaries; rethinking the “green” field; enhanced transdisciplinarity and postdisciplinarity; and increasing “citizen humanities” efforts.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Bloomington: , 2015
Keywords
environmental humanities, gender, feminist posthumanities, environmental imaginary, anthropocene
National Category
Other Humanities not elsewhere specified
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-115031 (URN)
Projects
The Seed Box: An Environmental Humanities Collaboratory
Funder
Mistra - The Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research
Note

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Available from: 2015-03-06 Created: 2015-03-06 Last updated: 2017-12-04Bibliographically approved
Lövbrand, E., Beck, S., Chilvers, J., Forsyth, T., Hedrén, J., Hulme, M., . . . Vasileiadou, E. (2015). Who speaks for the future of Earth? How critical social science can extend the conversation on the Anthropocene. Global Environmental Change, 32, 211-218
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2015 (English)In: Global Environmental Change, ISSN 0959-3780, E-ISSN 1872-9495, Vol. 32, p. 211-218Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper asks how the social sciences can engage with the idea of the Anthropocene in productive ways. In response to this question we outline an interpretative research agenda that allows critical engagement with the Anthropocene as a socially and culturally bounded object with many possible meanings and political trajectories. In order to facilitate the kind of political mobilization required to meet the complex environmental challenges of our times, we argue that the social sciences should refrain from adjusting to standardized research agendas and templates. A more urgent analytical challenge lies in exposing, challenging and extending the ontological assumptions that inform how we make sense of and respond to a rapidly changing environment. By cultivating environmental research that opens up multiple interpretations of the Anthropocene, the social sciences can help to extend the realm of the possible for environmental politics.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier, 2015
Keywords
Anthropocence; Politics; Global environmental change; Social science; Critical interpretation; Ontology
National Category
Earth and Related Environmental Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-119807 (URN)10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2015.03.012 (DOI)000355770700019 ()
Note

Funding Agencies|research project Novel Forms of Governance by Nested Networks (NESNET) by the German Ministry for Education and Research, Funding Initiative "Research on the Relationship between Science, Politics and Society" [KZ 01UZ1003]; Linkoping University

Available from: 2015-06-26 Created: 2015-06-26 Last updated: 2017-12-04
Bradley, K. & Hedrén, J. (Eds.). (2014). Green utopianism: perspectives, politics and micro-practices. Routledge
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Green utopianism: perspectives, politics and micro-practices
2014 (English)Collection (editor) (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Utopian thought and experimental approaches to societal organization have been rare in the last decades of planning and politics. Instead, there is a widespread belief in ecological modernization, that sustainable societies can be created within the frame of the current global capitalist world order by taking small steps such as eco-labeling, urban densification, and recycling. However, in the context of the current crisis in which resource depletion, climate change, uneven development, and economic instability are seen as interlinked, this belief is increasingly being questioned and alternative developmental paths sought. This collection demonstrates how utopian thought can be used in a contemporary context, as critique and in exploring desired futures. The book includes theoretical perspectives on changing global socio-environmental relationships and political struggles for alternative development paths, and analyzes micro-level practices in co-housing, alternative energy provision, use of green space, transportation, co-production of urban space, peer-to-peer production and consumption, and alternative economies. It contributes research perspectives on contemporary green utopian practices and strategies, combining theoretical and empirical analyses to spark discussions of possible futures.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Routledge, 2014. p. 290
Series
Routledge Studies in Environment, Culture, and Society
Keywords
Environmental Studies, Environment & the City, Environment & Society, Environment & Theory, Urban Sociology, Social Theory, Urban Geography
National Category
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-106606 (URN)9780415814447 (ISBN)9781135078423 (ISBN)
Note

CONTENTS

1. Utopian Thought in the Making of Green Futures Karin Bradley and Johan Hedrén

Part 1: The Politics of Science

2. Anthropocenic Politicization: From the Politics of the Environment to Politicizing Environments Erik Swyngedouw

3. A Feminist Project of Belonging for the Anthropocene J.K. Gibson-Graham

4. Utopianism in Science: The Case of Resilience Theory Johan Hedrén

5. Why Solar Panels Don’t Grow on Trees: Technological Utopianism and the Uneasy Relation Between Ecomarxism and Ecological Economics Alf Hornborg

Part 2: Transforming Politics and Planning

6. Politicizing Planning Through Multiple Images of the Future Ulrika Gunnarsson-Östling

7. Mobility Transitions: The Necessity of Utopian Approaches Karolina Isaksson

8. Utopian Desires and Institutional Change Meike Schalk

9. The Urban Park as "Paradise Contrived" Ylva Uggla

10. Globalism, Particularism and the Greening of Neoliberal Energy Landscapes Tom Mels

Part 3: Changing Practices

11. Towards a Peer Economy: How Open Source and Peer-to-Peer Architecture, Hardware, and Consumption Are Transforming the Economy Karin Bradley

12. Autonomous Urbanisms and the Right to the City: Squatting and the Production of the Urban Commons in Berlin Alexander Vasudevan

13. Utopianism in the Architecture of New Urbanism and Co-Housing Lucy Sargisson

14. Transition Delayed: The 1980s Ecotopia of a Decentralized Renewable Energy System Martin Hultman

15. R-URBAN: Strategies and Tactics for Participative Utopias and Resilient Practices Constantin Petcou and Doina Petrescu

Available from: 2014-05-14 Created: 2014-05-14 Last updated: 2018-01-11Bibliographically approved
Hedrén, J. (2014). Utopianism in Science: The Case of Resilience Theory (1ed.). In: Karin Bradley and Johan Hedrén (Ed.), Green utopianism: perspectives, politics and micro-practices (pp. 57-75). New York: Routledge
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Utopianism in Science: The Case of Resilience Theory
2014 (English)In: Green utopianism: perspectives, politics and micro-practices / [ed] Karin Bradley and Johan Hedrén, New York: Routledge, 2014, 1, p. 57-75Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
New York: Routledge, 2014 Edition: 1
Series
Routledge studies in environment, culture, and society
National Category
Other Humanities not elsewhere specified
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-109076 (URN)978-0-415-81444-7 (ISBN)
Available from: 2014-08-05 Created: 2014-08-05 Last updated: 2014-09-08Bibliographically approved
Storbjörk, S. & Hedrén, J. (2013). Stuck in the twilight zone or moving towards sustainable climate adaptation?: Integrated Costal Zone Management in Coastby. In: Linda Sygna, Karen O'Brien, Johanna Wolf (Ed.), A changing environment for human security: transformative approaches to research, policy and action (pp. 147-156). Routledge
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Stuck in the twilight zone or moving towards sustainable climate adaptation?: Integrated Costal Zone Management in Coastby
2013 (English)In: A changing environment for human security: transformative approaches to research, policy and action / [ed] Linda Sygna, Karen O'Brien, Johanna Wolf, Routledge, 2013, p. 147-156Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This agenda-setting book provides readers with a clear understanding of why responses to issues such as climate change, land use change, and biodiversity loss matter to present generations, and which types of responses are likely to create an equitable and sustainable life for future generations

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Routledge, 2013
Keywords
Human beings Effect of climate on, Human security, Human rights, Human rights, TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Environmental / Pollution Control, TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Environmental / Pollution Control, Climatic changes / Social aspects
National Category
Social Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-96663 (URN)978-1-84971-302-3 (ISBN)
Available from: 2013-08-22 Created: 2013-08-22 Last updated: 2014-10-28Bibliographically approved
Kuchler, M. & Hedrén, J. (2012). Bioenergy as an empty signifier. In: : . Paper presented at Nordic Interdisciplinary Conference on Discourse & Interaction (NORDISCO 2012), 21-23 November 2012, Linköping, Sweden.
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2012 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Other academic)
Keywords
bioenergy, biofuels, international organizations, discourse, empty signifier
National Category
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-110115 (URN)
Conference
Nordic Interdisciplinary Conference on Discourse & Interaction (NORDISCO 2012), 21-23 November 2012, Linköping, Sweden
Available from: 2014-09-02 Created: 2014-09-02 Last updated: 2018-01-11
Hedrén, J. (2012). Vetenskap för kontroll eller för välgrundad förståelse. In: Linda Soneryd (Ed.), Power landscapes: Forskartexter från projektet Power landscapes (pp. 27-32). Labyrinth Press
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2012 (Swedish)In: Power landscapes: Forskartexter från projektet Power landscapes / [ed] Linda Soneryd, Labyrinth Press, 2012, p. 27-32Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [sv]

Hur ska vi i grunden förstå miljöproblemen: som vetenskapliga utmaningar som kan hanteras genom forskning, ny teknik och administration, eller som politiska frågor med starka kopplingar till intressekonflikter och olika värderingar? Många menar att det är det senare som bör gälla, och att det handlar om vem som drabbas, vem som ska anpassa sig och vem som ska betala, men också om vilken slags miljö som man ska värna om och utveckla.

Det politiska systemet har visat sig vara dåligt på att lyfta fram miljöfrågornas tydligt politiska sida, och istället oftast hanterat dem som frågor om vetenskap och teknik. Det är inte svårt att finna förklaringar till varför det har blivit så. Samma motsättning råder också inom forskningen, mellan å ena sidan teoretiska perspektiv som synliggör och analyserar konflikt- och rättviseaspekter, och å andra sidan teorier som istället utgår ifrån att vetenskapen kan avgöra vilket tillstånd som är det ideala och vilka mål som måste uppnås.

Ett bra exempel på det senare förhållningssättet är den så kallade resiliensteorin. Denna teori har ursprungligen utvecklats inom naturvetenskapen, men i och med att dess centrala begrepp och utgångspunkter så småningom kommit att användas för analys också av samhället har en mängd problem uppstått. Efter en beskrivning av teorins grundläggande föreställningar och formulerar jag några kritiska invändningar till teorins förmåga att hantera samhälleliga frågeställningar. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Labyrinth Press, 2012
Keywords
resiliens
National Category
Other Social Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-90937 (URN)978-91-87440-86-1 (ISBN)
Available from: 2013-04-22 Created: 2013-04-10 Last updated: 2013-04-22Bibliographically approved
Storbjörk, S. & Hedrén, J. (2011). Institutional capacity-building for targeting sea-level rise in the climate adaptation of Swedish coastal zone management: Lessons from Coastby. Ocean and Coastal Management, 54(3), 265-273
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2011 (English)In: Ocean and Coastal Management, ISSN 0964-5691, E-ISSN 1873-524X, Vol. 54, no 3, p. 265-273Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

For coastal areas across the world, sea level rise and problems of coastal erosion and coastal flooding are expected to increase over the next hundred years. At the same time political pressure for continued waterfront planning and development of coastal areas threatens to increase our societal vulnerability, and necessitating climate adaptation in coastal zone management. The institutional dimension has been identified as important for ensuring a more robust adaptation to both current climate variability and future climate change. In this paper, lessons regarding institutional constraints for climate adaptation are drawn from a Swedish case-study on local coastal zone management, illustrating the diverse and complex nature of institutional capacity-building. The aim of the paper is to illustrate critical factors that from an institutional perspective condition the capacity to achieve a more integrated, strategic and proactive climate adaptation and for turning “rules on paper” to working practice, based on case-study experiences from Coastby. Following and expanding a framework for analysing institutional capacity-building we learnt that a selective few key actors had played a critical role in building a strong external networking capacity with a flip-side in terms of a weak internal coordinating capacity and lack of mutual ownership of coastal erosion between sectoral units e.g. risk-management, planning and environment. We also found a weak vertical administrative interplay and lack of formal coherent policy, procedures and regulations for managing coastal erosion between local, regional and national administrations. Further, tensions and trade-offs between policy-agendas, values and political priorities posed a barrier for capacity-building in coastal zone management which calls for processes to mediate conflicting priorities in policy-making, planning and decision-making. The case-study suggests that the ability of the political administrative system to acknowledge and deal with institutional conflicts is a critical condition for ensuring an integrated and proactive climate adaptation in coastal zone management.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier, 2011
Keywords
climate adaptation, sea-level rise, institutional capacity-building, institutions, coastal zone management
National Category
Social Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-64026 (URN)10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2010.12.007 (DOI)000287436600008 ()
Note
Original Publication: Sofie Storbjörk and Johan Hedrén, Institutional capacity-building for targeting sea-level rise in the climate adaptation of Swedish coastal zone management: Lessons from Coastby, 2011, Ocean and Coastal Management, (54), 3, 265-273. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2010.12.007 Copyright: Elsevier Science B.V., Amsterdam. http://www.elsevier.com/ Available from: 2011-01-11 Created: 2011-01-11 Last updated: 2017-12-11
Hedrén, J. & Jidesjö, A. (2010).  Kunskap utan kunskapens användning:  En studie av fysikläromedel i grundskolans senare år. Stockholm: Skolinspektionen (2010:8)
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2010 (Swedish)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [sv]

Forskning om läromedel i naturvetenskap och fysik pekar på en problematik, som handlar om en ensidig fokusering på historiskt kända fakta utan kopplingar till sammanhang, utveckling eller framtidsfrågor, som är kopplade till innehållet. Många elever upplever också att undervisningen har en sådan karaktär och har därför svårt att se meningen med varför de ska lära sig dessa fakta. Ett antal olika perspektiv har därför utvecklats för att hantera denna problematik. Dessa handlar exempelvis om kopplingar mellan naturvetenskap, teknik och samhälle eller om vetenskapshistoriska och vetenskapsteoretiska upplägg. Det handlar om relationer till platser och praktiker där innehållet har relevans eller andra sätt, som människor möter innehållet på utanför skolan. Det handlar om undersökande och utforskande arbetssätt eller om hur bilder och text är utformade så att ett läromedel fungerar för dem det riktar sig till.

Denna studie ingår i Skolinspektionens kvalitetsgranskning av fysikundervisningen. Tre vanligt förekommande fysikläromedel har analyserats i relation till skolans uppdrag. Analysen består av en innehållsanalys och en bildanalys.

Resultaten visar att många av de perspektiv, som diskuteras i forskningen som väsentliga för elevers lärande finns framskrivna i skolans uppdrag, men är inte närvarande i läromedlen. I likhet med vad internationell forskning visar porträtteras fysikämnet i de tre läromedlen, som om det främst handlar om att lära sig en uppsättning historiskt kända fakta och samband, som kan demonstreras i en uppsättning experiment. Kopplingar till samhällsutveckling, kunskapens användning med etiska dilemman, arbetssätt, hållbarhetsperspektiv, miljöfrågor, etnicitetsfrågor, karriärmöjligheter och framtidsfrågor är svagt representerade och ibland helt obefintliga. Dessutom visar bildanalysen att kvinnor, som medverkande aktörer i vetenskapligt arbete är underrepresenterade. Bilderna handlar mest om kroppsarbete, sport och tekniska arbetsuppgifter kopplade till traditionellt manliga ideal.

Resultaten indikerar starkt att fysikämnets karaktär i dessa svenska läromedel inte är i linje med aktuella styrdokument, men de är väl i linje med den problematik, som beskrivs i den internationella forskningen. Elevers möjlighet att skapa mening och relatera till vad innehållet betyder för samhällsbyggande, för personliga erfarenheter eller för deltagande i en gemensam kultur är beskurna på grund av denna situation. Samtidigt finns det kunskapsområden inom den internationella forskningen i naturvetenskaplig didaktik som hanterar dessa frågor. Det finns därför möjlighet att förstärka en vetenskapligt grundad nationell kompetens och hantera utmaningarna.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Skolinspektionen, 2010. p. 39
Series
Skolinspektionens publikationsserie ; 2010:8
National Category
Didactics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-56837 (URN)
Projects
Skolinspektionens kvalitetsgranskning av fysikämnet 2009
Note
diarienummer 40-2009:1000Available from: 2010-06-11 Created: 2010-06-07 Last updated: 2010-06-11Bibliographically approved
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