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Att förstå samhällets miljöstyrning utifrån ett kritiskt konstruktivt förhållningssätt

In this course, students will learn how to investigate, assess, and reflect on environmental governance practices. For this, the course creates a solid theoretical and methodological basis, which is applied in a real-world project concerning an ongoing environmental governance practice. Based on their critical engagement, students are encouraged to suggest contributions to this practice.

Information från kursledaren

17 March 2023

Dear Students,

the course starts next week and we are quite excited! We hope to publish the Canvas page latest on Tuesday.

We will start the course on Thursday, 23 March at 9.00 in Room Z, Ulls Hus.

The course officially starts on Wednesday, so we kindly encourage you to spend some time during the first course week to watch the following two films to familiarise yourself with what concepts and contexts governance may deal with: Film 1: https://youtu.be/mAhGG8D9i9w // Film 2: https://youtu.be/q51FMbTOn_Q — We will draw upon and discuss parts of the film during literature workshops and possibly lectures.

If you do not intend to take this course anymore for whatever reason, please do reject the offer for your study place as soon as possible. There are many students on the waiting list! Thanks!

Best wishes from your teacher team!


3 Mar 2023: Update to the schedule: a new session on collaborative writing; 24 April, 12.00–13.30, online.

8 Feb 2023: Small updates to the schedule. Timewise, the only relevant one is moving the session on Peer Feedback from 17 to 15 May.


Dear Students,

the timetable is now available. Note that the course includes a mandatory field trip (including related project work) which is scheduled to 19 Apr morning to 21 Apr evening, including overnight stays in Dalarna. Travel and accommodation will be provided free of charge, but you will have to pay for your own food.

If you cannot attend the field trip this year, you will have to compensate for it next year (for details, see Section 8.5 in the Education Handbook). If you have caring responsibilities, please arrange for your absence or let us know as soon as possible if you would like to bring e.g. your child and another parent with you and we will see if that can be possible to arrange (you will have to pay for the extra costs in this case).

If you have any questions until we start the course, please email the course responsible (Malte). The course schema will roughly stay as it is; updates will be posted in the schedule and we will make announcements about them if necessary.

All the best,

your teacher team


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Läsåret 2023/2024

Att förstå samhällets miljöstyrning utifrån ett kritiskt konstruktivt förhållningssätt (MX0157-40155)

2024-03-20 - 2024-06-02

Kursplan och övrig information


All readings are available on Canvas. Supplementary readings for eager readers are marked as such. Even though you will not be able to read all readings in high detail for the literature seminars, you are expected to read all non-supplementary readings by the end of the course. Readings will be discussed via *Canvas *and during scheduled literature workshops.

Connelly S, Richardson, T., & Miles, T. (2006). Situated legitimacy: Deliberative arenas and the new rural governance. Journal of Rural Studies 22(3), 267–277.

Lemos, M. C., & Agrawal, A. (2006). Environmental Governance. Annual Review of Environment and Resources 31(1), 297–325.

Van der Molen, F. (2018). How knowledge enables governance: The coproduction of environmental governance capacity. *Environmental Science and Policy, *87, 18–25.


Fischer, A., Spekkink, W., Polzin, C., Díaz-Ayude, A., Brizi, A., Macsinga, I. (2018). Social representations of governance for change towards sustainability: perspectives of sustainability advocates. Environmental Politics, 27(4), 621-643.

Boström, M., Uggla, Y. & Hansson, V. (2018). Environmental representatives: whom, what, and how are they representing?, Journal of Environmental Policy & Planning, 20(1), 114–127.

Guasti, P. & Geissel, B. (2019) Saward’s Concept of the Representative Claim Revisited: An Empirical Perspective. Politics and Governance, 7(3), 98–111 (just focus on the application part, no need to read the contextual part of the paper)

Lidskog, R., & Sundqvist, G. (2018). Environmental Expertise. In Boström, M. & Davidson, D.J. (Eds.), *Environment and Society: Concepts and Challenges *(pp. 167–186). Springer.

Moran, L., & Rau, H. 2014. Mapping divergent concepts of sustainability: lay knowledge, local practices and environmental governance. Local Environment, 21(3), 334–360

O’Neill, J. (2001). Representing People, Representing Nature, Representing the World. Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space. 19(4), 483–500.


Sarkki, S., Heikkinen, H. I., & Löf, A. (2021). Reindeer Herders as Stakeholders or Rights-Holders? Introducing a Social Equity-Based Conceptualization Relevant for Indigenous and Local Communities. In Nordic Perspectives on the Responsible Development of the Arctic: Pathways to Action (pp. 271-292). Springer.

Schneider, T., Eli, K., McLennan, A., Dolan, C., Lezaun, J., & Ulijaszek, S. (2019). Governance by campaign: The co-constitution of food issues, publics and expertise through new information and communication technologies. Information, Communication & Society, 22(2), 172-192.

Wysocki, J. (2012). The environment has no standing in environmental governance. Organization & Environment, 25(1), 25-38.

Theory: Frame Analysis

Entman, R. M. (1993). Framing: Toward clarification of a fractured paradigm. *Journal of Communication, *43(4), 51–58.

Hulst, M. van, & Yanow, D. (2016). From Policy “Frames” to “Framing” Theorizing a More Dynamic, Political Approach. The American Review of Public Administration 46(1), 92–112.

Lindekilde, L. (2014). Discourse and Frame Analysis. In-Depth Analysis of Qualitative Data in Social Movement Research. In Della Porta, D. (Ed.) Methodological Practices in Social Movement Research, pp. 195–227. Oxford University Press.

Müller, W., & Kruse, S. (2021). Modes of drought climatization: A frame analysis of drought problematization in Germany across policy fields. Environmental Policy and Governance, 31(5), 546–559.


Möckel, F. (2020). The Crucial Role of the Facilitator: Analysing Identity Construction and Dilemmas. Master‘s thesis. Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala.

Westin, M. (2019). Rethinking power in participatory planning: towards reflective practice. Doctoral thesis. Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala. Chapter 3.2–3.3, pp.49–66.

Arts, B., Behagel, J., Turnhout, E., de Koning, J., & van Bommel, S. (2014). A practice based approach to Forest governance. Forest Policy and Economics, 14: 4–11.

Nicolini, D. (2017). Practice Theory as a package of Theory, Method and Vocabulary: Affordances and Limitations. In Jonas, M., Littig, B., & Wroblewski, A. (Eds.), Methodological reflections on practice oriented theories, pp. 19–34. Springer.

Omer, Y., & Roberts, T. (2022). A novel methodology applying practice theory in pro-environmental organisational change research: Examples of energy use and waste in healthcare. Journal of Cleaner Production, 130542.

Shove, E., Pantzar, M., & Watson, M. (2012). The Dynamics of Social Practice: Everyday Life and how it Changes. Sage. Ch. 2 “Making and Breaking Links”.

Webb, J., & Tarleton, B. (2018). Getting things changed: Social practices booklet. Bristol. Retrieved from: https://www.bristol.ac.uk/media-library/sites/sps/images/gettingthingschanged/SPT%20booklet_web.pdf

Westberg, L., Waldenström, C. (2016). How can we ever create participation when we are the ones who decide? On natural resource management practice and its readiness for change. Journal of Environmental**Policy and Planning, 19(6), 654-667.


Beuger, C. (2014). Pathways to practice: praxiography and international politics. European Political Science Review, 6(1), 383–406.

Feldman, M.S., & Orlikowski, W.J. (2011). Theorizing Practice and Practicing Theory. Organization Science, 22(5), 1240–1253.

Researching Environmental Governance (Supplementary Readings)

Research Project

Crang, M., & Cook, I. (2007). Doing ethnographies. Sage. In particular: section 1 getting ready (pp 15–35); section 2 constructing ethnographic information, chapter 5: interviewing (pp 57–81).

Harvard Sociology (n.d.) Strategies for qualitative Interviews. 4p. Retrieved from: https://sociology.fas.harvard.edu/files/sociology/files/interview_strategies.pdf

Leech, B. L. (2002). Asking questions: Techniques for semistructured interviews. PS: Political science and politics, 35(4), 665–668.

Bertolini L, Laws D, Higgins M, et al. (2010) Reflection-in-action, still engaging the professional? Planning Theory & Practice, 11(4), 597–619.

Westin, M. (2019). Rethinking power in participatory planning: towards reflective practice. Doctoral thesis. Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala. Chapter 2.3, p.30–33.

Westin, M., Calderon, C., & Hellquist, A. (2014). The Inquiry Based Approach: A facilitator’s handbook. Visby: SWEDESD.

Writing a Research Paper

Nair, P. K. R., & Nair, V. D. (2014). Organization of a Research Paper: The IMRAD Format. In P. K. R. Nair & V. D. Nair (Eds.), Scientific Writing and Communication in Agriculture and Natural Resources (pp. 13–25). Springer.


Kursen ges som en fristående kurs: Ja Kursen ges som en programkurs: EnvEuro - European Master in Environmental Science Miljökommunikation - masterprogram Kursavgift: Studieavgift, endast för medborgare utanför EU, EES, och Schweiz: 38060 SEK Nivå: Avancerad nivå (A1N)
Ämne: Miljövetenskap Miljövetenskap
Kurskod: MX0157 Anmälningskod: SLU-40121 Plats: Uppsala Distanskurs: Nej Undervisningsspråk: Engelska Ansvarig institution: Institutionen för stad och land Studietakt: 100%