About the Climate Change Leadership Node

A world-leading node in climate change leadership

Focused around a 10-year series of visiting professorships, the Climate Change Leadership Node acts as a catalyst for public debate, research and education to directly address some of the most challenging questions that climate change poses to humanity. In total, five internationally recognised Zennström Professors in Climate Change Leadership will work with academics, students, civil society and public and private partners to both understand the scale of the civilisational transition needed to mitigate and adapt to climate change and to begin to develop routes towards that transition and prepare for adaptation.

Climate Change Leadership is a dynamic field, crossing disciplinary and societal boundaries, with the aim of catalysing innovative and bold approaches to meet the complex challenges of climate change. This dynamism and energy is derived from the increasing demand for knowledge and practices to meet challenges across all sectors of society, from the local to international level. Climate change leadership is characterised by knowledge co-production between academia and society at large, to ensure effective and just institutional and socio-technological transformations.

The overall goal of the Climate Change Leadership Node is to actively shape an inter- and transdisciplinary intellectual environment that combines education, research and outreach in innovative ways and applies knowledge into equitable climate action. The Climate Change Leadership environment aims to explore opportunities, new forms of vibrant, trans- disciplinary and exploratory meetings as well as forums with world-leading climate scientists, key climate negotiators, business and civil society leaders, policy-makers at different levels, social entrepreneurs and, not least, students and young leaders.

Our current projects largely fall within four areas built upon the research themes of the Chairs of the Zennström professorship. To date, these include:

  • developing student leadership in international climate negotiations;
  • informing climate policy using carbon budgets;
  • rethinking the role of universities;
  • and working with civil society and arts practices to catalyse social transformation.

The programme is supported by Zennström Philanthropies through funding for the five professorships and the Natural Resources and Sustainable Development research programme at Uppsala University.