Spotted from the student network: Three emerging trends within the area of sustainability

Published: 2020-04-17

You cannot talk about sustainability in April 2020, without taking the current covid-19 pandemic into consideration. Sustainable Future Hub's newly launched network of students were asked to present post-pandemic scenarios/emerging trends.

The student network – currently consisting of fifteen students at different levels with different academic backgrounds, from Lund University School of Economics and Management and other parts of Lund University – presented their ideas at a digital seminar.

By their side they had researcher Sofia Ulver. Sofia's main expertise is within consumer culture theory, where she seek to understand larger shifts and social trends in society by looking at how we live, consume, produce and innovate at the global and local market.

Sofia Ulver’s impression is that the students have chosen relevant areas to explore further; areas that many social critics and debaters are discussing at the moment. And the discussion will surely go on. Sofia adds:

“I am quite interested in the counter-movements against sustainability. If one is (we should certainly not take for granted that everyone is!) committed to green-new-deal-oriented movements it is important to understand the counter-arguments, even if they don't fit one’s own thinking.”

Three trends in the current situation

Here are three take-aways from Sustainable Future Hub’s student network and their trendspotting within the area of sustainability:

Occupation: The future of (un)employment

Economic ideas that once were off the agenda – like basic income – are on the table in times of crisis. How is our industrial and financial infrastructure preparing for this?

Team: Juan Ocampo (presenter), Els Heile, Alisa Chabanyuk.

Social behaviours: Post-pandemic & climate change

Will the pandemic help tackling the climate issue and flatten the climate change curve? What can we learn from the pandemic and apply to the climate debate? The mindset of flattening the curve and embracing the “doughnut economy model” are two examples.

Team: Sofia Livman (presenter), Harmke Lüken, Christine Tsai Jung-Tzu, Sarah Wolfe.

Production and consumption: Support the local community

The local community and our physical and digital engagement are growing stronger. Authenticity, personal relations and social values are prioritized, and the global community has taken the back seat.

Team: Sofie Errendal (presenter), Alejandro Aristi, Kim Blomster.

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