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Umeå Transformation Research Initiativ (UTRI) digital kick-off

Moderator: Ola Nordebo

Monday 30 november

10.30 – 12.00 UTRI is Umeå University

13.00 – 13.50 What is transformation – why and for whom?

  • The complexity of change
    Jon Moen
  • What concepts do we use to understand transformation?
    Carina Keskitalo
  • How do we understand transformation in energy use and infrastructure?
    Thomas Olofsson
  • Nature and humans in the future
    Kalle Grill and Lars Samuelsson
    What is transformation, why and for whom – and how do we understand it?

14.00 – 14.50 How do we develop transformation?

15.10 – 16.00 How do we organise problem based interdisciplinary research for transformation?

  • The Lund Pufendorf example
    Ann-Katrin Bäcklund
  • What can we learn from the previous Umeå University environmental college initiative?
    Christer Nordlund
  • How can UTRI and UmU researchers work together
    with the municipality, international projects and other actors in Umeå?
    Lisa Redin and Albert Edman
    The UTRI role?

Tuesday 1 December

10.30 – 12.00 Keynotes from honorary doctors at Umeå University
– economic, ecological and social transformation in different areas

  • Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
    Director-General of the WHO
  • Michael Hall
    Professor at University of Canterbury, New Zeeland
  • John Anderson
    Professor at Loughborough University, UK
  • Nancy Langton
    Distinguished Professor at Michigan Technological University, USA

13.00 – 13.50 Parallel seminars and workshop
– open for submission of additional workshops until November 15, see

14.00 – 14.50 Young researcher network – towards new innovative transformation research!

15.10 – 16.00 UTRI has started!
Summary of the kick-off and reflections on developing UTRI from the different Umeå University faculty steering groups


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