The department moved location in late August 2005, to Campus
Linné, and its three imposing old buildings – Annedalseminariet
(Övre Husargatan 34), KK 2 (Konstepedimins väg 2), and Rektorsvillan
(Seminariegatan 1). It is jointly administered within the framework of
the new School of Global Studies at Gothenburg University (SGSGU),
and part of an effort to coordinate global studies across disciplinary
and regional limitations.
Research connected to South Asia
Dr. Per Knutsson was the Coordinator
for the "Case-study
Course on Sustainable Development", jointly run by Göteborg University
and Chalmers University of Technology.
Besides, Per teaches at the course on Environmental
and Social Change in Asia, organised by the Centre for Asian Studies, CEAS, within the School of Global Studies.
Per Knutsson defended his doctoral dissertation, entitled ”Interdisciplinary
knowledge integration and the Sustainable Livelihoods Approach. Case Studies
on rural livelihoods in Kenya and China” (not focusing on
South Asia) in December 2005. However, initially the project was entitled ”Forest
based CDM projects in India – impact assessments of present regulation
and analysis of the prospect for establishment of forest based CDM
projects in southern India”. The project was funded
by the Swedish Energy Agency and carried out in collaboration with Physical Resource Theory, Chalmers/GU, Centre
for Ecological Sciences at the Indian Institute of Science
in Bangalore, India and the Joint
Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change, MIT, USA.
He was supervised by Madelene Ostwald from Physical Geography, Dept. of Earth Sciences,
the conference on ”Structures
of Vulnerability” held at Stockholm University in January 2005 they presented a paper together,
called ”A dynamic and process-oriented
Sustainable Livelihoods Approach – a tool for increased understanding
of vulnerability, adaptation and resilience”. Read
an abstract of the thesis.
While still being PhD candidates Per Knutsson and his then colleague Ylva
Engwall worked with a joint research project on Deconstructing
the Sustainable Livelihoods Approach. They presented the project at the Development
studies research conference at Lund University in January 2003. Read
an abstract. Ylva Engwall has later worked in the European research project ”A
cognitive approach to rural sustainable development – the
dynamics of expert and lay knowledge (CORASON)”. The
project uses, through case studies
in 12 different European countries, the study of changes towards sustainable
development in rural Europe as a means of illuminating the shape and
dynamics of European knowledge society more generally.
Professor Emeritus Hans Egnéus has worked with projects related to South Asia for a large part
of his career. He has been connected to Swedegroup, a consultancy agency engaged in analysis of economic, financial and social issues of development projects and programmes in the Third World and in Eastern Europe. In 2003, he was working with the Dungarpur Integrated Wasteland Development Project in Rajasthan, India.
In recent years, he has been engaged in the interdisciplinary research
programme Environment, Culture and Development,
based at Museion, University of Gothenburg. This is a research programme
with the aim to establish new knowledge through a transdisciplinary co-operation
of researchers, which includes seminars, workshops, conferences, courses
and other activities. Personal web page.
Prof. Egnéus participated in the SASNET Symposium for PhD candidates
and post-docs that was held 25–27 October 2002 in Marstrand (more information). Since he spent his childhood in the coastal town north of Gothenburg, he guided the other participants around – see the photo.