Venue: Soria Moria Hotel and Conference Center in a woods on the edge of
In the spring 2008 there was a review in the New York Times Book Review of a
recent book by the renown economist Jeffrey Sachs: Common Wealth:
Economics for a Crowded Planet (Penguin 2006). The reviewer, Daniel
Gross pointed out that the book provides no way for thinking about ”irrational” human behavior in the context of the current challenges.
Sachs seems to think that ”rational” pleas encompassed in knowledge will
have necessary results.
The intent of this workshop is encourage discussion about possible
methods and approaches for dealing with the unpredictable, political
aspects of adaptation to climate change.
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The workshop will bring together between 12–15 persons to present
their ideas on this topic and discuss them with the group. Those who
have completed research which they think fits criteria of relevance are
invited to present a paper (30 pages or less). Others are asked to
write between 3–10 pages for distribution to the group. There is also
the possibility of presenting a project which one has worked up.
Some main points of departure for the workshop are: a) adaptation to
environmental challenges requires both conventional and innovational
forms of cooperation; b) our interest is in the politics of cooperation,
at both local and state levels.
Some of the questions to be raised here are: a) does the issue of
relevance encompass new types of topics in studies of political actions,
structures and values? b) perhaps a task here is to publish and/or speak
in some different arenas than are the usual scholarly targets?
Most of the participants in the workshop will be from the Nordic area
(with the thought that the workshop could contribute to the formation of
a Nordic Network on Environmental Challenges in South Asia).
At this point, persons who are planning to present in the workshop include:
From Uppsala University: Hans Blomkvist (political scientist)
From Lund University: Staffan Lindberg (sociologist), Pernille Gooch
(human ecology), Sidsel Hansson (history of religions)
From Stockholm Resilience Centre: Jenny Grönwall (water and
From the University of Oslo: Arild Ruud, Pamela Price (anthropological
historians); Karen O’Brien (human geography), Hal Wilhite (anthropology).
From the University of Bergen: Tor Aase (human geography)
From Lancaster University: Graham Chapman (political geographer)
From Cornell University: Ron Herring (political science)
From the Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore: K.V. Raju
From Lokniti, Bangalore: Sandeep Shastri (political scientist)