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Environmental Sociology (EnvSoc)

Environmental Sociology (EnvSoc) is a research environment within the Department of Sociology , focusing on the interplay between social, economic, and cultural factors and their influence on environmental policies and outcomes. EnvSoc explores the many ways these societal elements affect the environment and, conversely, how environmental conditions impact society.

In EnvSoc, we tackle various topics, reflecting our department's varied research interests in environmental issues. The interaction between social systems and the physical environment is central to our discussions. We pay particular attention to how various environmental conditions, including climate change, biodiversity, and region-specific regulations, influence societal structures.

Our discussions cover a range of analytical themes, such as the impact of environmental issues on economic growth and social justice, the dynamics within environmental movements, socio-technical innovations, and the relationship between consumption patterns and everyday life. We also examine the interactions between humans and other species. In addition, our conversations are structured around sectoral and environment-based themes, which include animal welfare and rights, tourism, food production, energy, water management, urban liveability, biodiversity, and climate change. This comprehensive approach allows us to pinpoint and delve into specific sociological issues that emerge at the confluence of these varied themes.

We prioritize intellectual openness in our group, advocating for non-dogmatic and inclusive discussions that welcome varied viewpoints.

EnvSoc meetings are held roughly once a month, typically around noon. These sessions offer members the chance to participate in various activities, including workshops, discussions on scholarly articles, and feedback sessions on research drafts. We also keep the group informed about updates in the field of environmental sociology, including conferences, and facilitate networking with researchers from other departments at Lund University and beyond, both within Sweden and internationally.

Engagement and Inquiries

We invite junior and senior colleagues interested in EnvSoc’s work to contact us. There are multiple ways to engage with us, such as joining our mailing list, presenting research, or participating in environmental sociology conferences.

Researchers in EnvSoc

Anika Binte Habib
Erik Brattström
Kristoffer Berglund
Lea Fünfschilling
Mikael Klintman
Mikael Linnell
Mimmi Barmark
Naja Yndal-Olsen
Olle Frödin
Sam Fraser
Sara Skarp


Sara Skarp and Mikael Klintman
Sara [dot] skarp [at] soc [dot] lu [dot] se, mikael [dot] klintman [at] soc [dot] lu [dot] se