Research Themes

LUCID research aims to develop novel and unique synergies within and between the natural and social sciences, as well as engineering, life sciences, business studies and humanities, in order to promote the production of complementary or integrated theoretical approaches and methodologies which can address complex sustainability challenges. In general research foucses on the intersection of relatively recently encountered global environmental challenges, such as climate change, water scarcity, loss of biodiversity and land use change, with lond standing social issues such as poverty, global ill-health, corruption and political insecurity. LUCID’s problem-focused and solution oriented research, anchored in natural scientific understanding, draws on the critical perspectives articulated in social science theories and concepts, while incorporating the particular ethical considerations inherent in such an approach. By pursuing both critical and problem-solving research strategies, LUCID research delivers theoretical, methodological and pragmatic contributions to the emerging field of “sustainability science”, as well as to policy makers and civil society.

Learn more about LUCID PhD research themes

Agriculture, food and land use change » This theme approaches the challenge of providing food, energy and other resources for all from a variety of perspectives, in search of sustainable solutions.
Energy challenges» Energy that supports society and environment are inextricably linked through the use  of fossil fuels and the pursuit of their alternatives, such as biofuels, hydroenergy and small-scale decentralised energy production.
malmo Urban transformations » The research under this theme inquires into the particular set of challenges and opportunities that are presented by the ever more populous urban environment.
Water politics and challenges » Research is carried out in relation to water resources and the institutions, actors, structures and policies framing human interactions with and over water.
Environmental politics» From international relations to grass-roots social movements research carried out LUCID recognises that the transition to a sustainable society is a political one.
Political Economy and Environmental History »  This theme presents the aim to understand the power and economic interests invested in the socio-ecologically destructive forces of our time, and how to overcome them.
Gender, intersectionality and sustainability » Research on the theme of gender and sustainability focuses on gender as a construction for organizing human societies and relations.
Scientific foundations» This theme addresses basic research and the theoretical ground for concepts central to science for sustainability.


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