Climate Change Leadership

Kevin Anderson is Uppsala University’s second holder of the Zennström Visiting Professorship in Climate Change Leadership. Kevin arrived to Uppsala in August 2016 and is carrying on the work initiated by the first Zennström professor Doreen Stabinsky: to establish a world-leading node in the area of climate change leadership, that will be unique, both in Sweden and internationally.


Latest News

Uppsala University’s delegation to UN climate meeting COP23 in Bonn
The 2017 UN Climate Change Conference take place 6-17 November in Bonn, Germany and will be presided over by the Government of Fiji. Uppsala University has status as observer organization and has sent a delegation of students and researchers to the conference whom will be reporting live, as well as organizing and contributing to a number of official side-events. Follow it all live here.

Upcoming talks and seminars

New report: Natural Gas and Climate Change
Is the EU’s plan for natural gas as a bridging fuel compatible with the carbon dioxide emission reductions enshrined in the Paris Agreement? A new report by Uppsala University’s Zennström Professor in Climate Change Leadership, Kevin Anderson and John Broderick from the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research. Commissioned by Friends of the Earch Europe. Read more and download the report here.

New report: Carbon Budget and pathways to fossil free futures in Järfälla
Uppsala University’s Zennström Professor in Climate Change Leadership, Kevin Anderson has together with colleagues at CEMUS calculated a carbon budget for the Swedish Municipality of Järfälla. As the first municipality in Sweden, Järfälla now has a scientifically based analysis that shows how they need to work to decrease emissions in line with the temperature commitments enshrined in the Paris Agreement. Download the report here.

The trouble with negative emissions – Articles in Science and Climate Policy by Kevin Anderson
The Paris Agreement on climate change and the carbon-reduction plans of many governments (including Sweden) are unwittingly reliant on unproven technologies to suck hundreds of billions of tonnes of carbon dioxide directly from the atmosphere. Over the last year Zennström Professor Kevin Anderson and colleagues have publised articles in Science and Climate Policy
–> Read the whole Science article here.
And more on Uppsala University’s website.
–> Read the Climate Poliy paper here.

Massive Open Online Course in Climate Change Leadership and new animation ‘Living within our carbon budget’
CEMUS at Uppsala University has created a Massive Open Online Course on Climate Change Leadership which ran for the second time in April-May 2017. Watch the trailer and find out more about the course at:


Trailer                                                                                   Living within our carbon budget – an animation


A World-Leading Node in Climate Change Leadership

With a 10-year series of visiting professorships, Zennström Philanthropies and Uppsala University are enabling the development of an enviromment that will directly address some of the most challenging questions that climate change poses to humanity, develop novel solutions, and enable transformative change in the nexus of science, policy and innovation. The professors will in distinct but mutually reinforcing ways, inspire new research and education and catalyze the much needed action toward a more sustainable future.

Uppsala Centre for Sustainable Development serves as an enabling platform to fully draw upon the breadth of Uppsala University, the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, as well as other relevant partners and stakeholders at the local, national and international levels. Evidence and lessons generated by knowledge co-production between academia and society at large, are drawn on to both enact change and develop innovative approaches for effective and just climate change leadership.

Creating a student-led platform for engagement on climate change in Uppsala
bonn-delegationSprung out of the engagement and collaboration between students and faculty from Uppsala university and SLU that attended COP21, the Uppsala Climate Platform aims to encourage and facilitate engagement on climate change in Uppsala. The platform has recently prepared students to represent Uppsala University at the UN climate meeting in Bonn in May, and are planning a trip to COP23 in Bonn in the fall, and much more. For more information and to see their reports from the latest climate negotiations visit and to get involved contact the platform at or visit their website.


Kevin Anderson – Zennström Visiting Professor 2016-

Anderson-Lo-Res-21 Kevin Anderson is one of the leading climate scientists in the U.K. He is Professor of Energy and Climate Change at the University of Manchester and Deputy Director at the renowned Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research. Kevin is a well-known and established researcher within climate change science who engages frequently with policy-makers, the private sector, civil society as well as the media. He has pioneered research on carbon budgets and pathways to acceptable mitigation levels. His work on the technical, social and economic interactions involved in the transformation of energy systems and the mitigation and adaptation to climate change, address questions at the core of the professorship’s theme. Kevin is a prominent thinker, writer and communicator who will build on and expand the work of the first visiting professor in climate change leadership, Doreen Stabinsky.

Doreen Stabinsky – Zennström Visiting Professor 2015-2016

DS_theo-300x261Doreen Stabinsky is Professor of Global Environmental Politics at the
College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine. Her research, teaching, and writing concern the impacts of climate change, particularly on agriculture and global food security. She also serves as advisor to various governments and international environmental organisations, and has a large international network of collaborators. Doreen stresses the central role that education must play in addressing the growing challenges of climate change and is known for her ability to strengthen young people’s capacity to contribute to a better world. The fact that the focus of the professorship itself was inspired by, and emerged from a student-led course on Climate Change Leadership at CEMUS, makes Doreen a very fitting first holder of the Zennström Visiting Professorship.


Zennström Philanthropies

The professorship is made possible by an earlier donation to Uppsala University by the entrepreneur Niklas Zennström. Zennström, an alumni of Uppsala University and the co-founder of Skype, Kazaa, Joos and other companies, is currently running his own investment firm, Atomico, which invests in innovative technology companies. With a strong commitment to societal issues, through his organisation Zennström Philanthropies, he is contributing to various causes, including climate change research and other initiatives in the area of climate change.


Advisory Group

The Advisory Group for the Zennström Visiting Professorship in Climate Change Leadership oversees the long term development of the initiative with the main task of reviewing Expressions of Interest to the professorship. The Advisory group for 2017 has the following members:

Marika Edoff, Professor of Solid State Electronics, ssk Solar Cells, Uppsala University (Chair)
Annelie Ekblom, Senior Lecturer, Global Environmental History, Uppsala University
Niclas Hällström, Director, What Next Forum
Leif Kirsebom, Professor of Cell and Molecular Biology, Uppsala University
Bo Kjellén, Stockholm Environmental Institute
Margareta Krabbe, Senior Lecturer and Head, Biology Education Centre, Uppsala University
David Kronlid, Senior Lecturer, Department of Education and Swedesd, Uppsala University
Friederike May, Course Coordinator in Climate Change Leadership, CEMUS
Andrea Nightingale, Professor at the Department of Urban and Rural Development, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
Student Representative TBA, CEMUS, Uppsala University
Anna Rutgersson, Professor of Meteorology, Uppsala University
Kevin Anderson, Zennström Visiting Professor 2016-2018, Uppsala University
Isak Stoddard, Project Coordinator for the Climate Change Leadership Professorship
Chris Juhlin, Prefect at Department of Earth Sciences, Uppsala University (ex. officio)
Thomas Fredengren, Representative of Fundraising Function at Uppsala University (ex. officio)


Upcoming events and getting involved

November 6-17
COP23 in Bonn
Zennström professor Kevin Anderson and the climate change leadership node at CEMUS will alongside students and researcher from Uppsala University be present at the negotiations. More information on side-events organized or contributed to here:

Monday November 27  
Public Conversation: Outcomes of climate change negotiations COP23
17.15-19.00, Stadsbiblioteket, Svartbäcksgatan 17, Uppsala
With UU delegation of students and researchers, and Zennström Professors Doreen Stabinsky and Kevin Anderson.
More information and registration here.

Thursday November 30
Klimatforum 2017 – politiken, tekniken och det personliga ansvaret
9.00-17.00, Münchenbryggeriet, Torkel Knutssonsgatan 2, Stockholm
Keynote presentation by Kevin Anderson and parallell session run by Isak Stoddard.
More information and registration here.

For the latest updates on climate change related news and activities in Uppsala and Beyond, visit and join our Climate Change Leadership Community.

If you want to learn more or get involved, please don’t hesitate to contact us:

Isak Stoddard
Coordinator and Acting Program Director

Kevin Anderson
Second Zennström Visiting Professor in Climate Change Leadership

Doreen Stabinsky
Zennström Visiting Professor in Climate Change Leadership 2015-2016


Climate Change Leadership and the Zennström Professorship in the Press

Scientist Kevin Anderson: Our Socioeconomic Paradigm is Incompatible with Climate Change Objectives, Democracy Now, November 15, 2017

Scientists Issue Dire Warning on Climate Change & Key Researcher Urges “Changes in How We Live”, Democracy Now, November 15, 2017

Natural gas emissions will blow Europe’s carbon budgets at current levels, The Guardian, November 7, 2017

Podcast: Transition for beginners – How not to fly with Kevin Anderson, Radio Luftbalett, October 27, 2017

Kevin Anderson: Därför är det avgörande vilket uppdrag det klimatpolitiska rådet får, Effekt magasin, September 27, 2017

Här är föreläsningen som den klimatintresserade inte får missa, Effekt magasin, September 22, 2017

Kronprinsessan diskuterade hjärtefrågorna, Svensk Dam, September 21, 2017

Klimatforskaren som slutade flyga, Sveriges Natur, September 9, 2017

I den akuta klimatkrisen väljer vi nu bort flyget, DN Debatt, 3 Juni, 2017

How scientists reacted to the US leaving the Paris Agreement, Nature, June 2, 2017

UUCCP Student delegation going to Bonn, UU press, May 5, 2017

Vår framtid bestäms av vad vi gör nu, Ingenjören, April 2017

Analys: Är spelet över för klimatet nu?, Sveriges Natur, 6 April, 2017

Ökningen av universitetets flygresor fortsätter uppåt, ETC Uppsala, 31 mars, 2017

Flygande forskare – ett dilemma, Ergo, 27 mars, 2017

Klimatutsläppen minskar – men inte fort nog, Sveriges Natur, 16 Mars 2017

Intervju: Experten: Gotland kan utesluta bensindrivna bilar i framtiden, Sveriges Radio, 22 Februari, 2017

Intervju: Kevin Anderson, Zennström Visiting Professor in Climate Change Leadership at Uppsala University, Hagainitiativet, 10 February, 2017

Kevin Anderson: Flyget är inte moraliskt försvarbart, Klimatmagasinet Effekt, Nr 1/2017

New Professor in Climate Change Leadership, Techna #4, 2016

Professorn ska skapa lösningar för Parisavtalet, Arbetsvärlden, 13 December, 2016

Kevin Anderson: What we do now will change the climate forever, Klimatpodden, 2 December, 2016

The new climate change story must be one of rapid transition, The Guardian, 23 November, 2016

Oväntat trendbrott: Koldioxidutsläppen har stannat av, SVT Nyheter, 14 November, 2016

Forskare: Klimatmålen vilar på helt oprövad teknik, SVT Nyheter, 11 November, 2016.

Courage and Climate: An Interview with Kevin Anderson, Interview at CEMUS by students from the Newman Institute, 9 November, 2016

A huge problem still lurks at the heart of the Paris climate deal. New Scientist, November 2, 2016.

Interview with Kevin Anderson, The Wave of the Future, 27 October, 2016

Han lever som han lär. Universen, Uppsala Universitet, 25 Oktober, 2016.

Parisavtalet bygger på orealistiska förhoppningar på framtidens teknik, Nya Perspektiv, Uppsala Universitet, 21 oktober 2016

DN Debatt: Oansvarigt använda oprövad teknik för att rädda klimatet, DN, 21 Oktober, 2016

Ny klimatprofessor på plats Nya Horisonter, Nr 2 (sida 11), 2016.

We’re placing far too much hope in pulling carbon dioxide out of the air scientists warn, Washington Post, October 13, 2016

Professor Kevin Anderson on Negative Emissions, Carbon Brief, October 13, 2016

Klimatföreläsning drog storpublik, Universen #4, September 13, 2016

Snart premiär för öppna nätkurser, Universen #4, September 13, 2016

Pendlar mellan Uppsala och Manchester, Studio Ett, Sveriges Radio P1, September 12, 2016

A new professor of climate change leadership takes office, Perspectives, Uppsala University, September 7, 2016

Flygvägrande klimatprofil ny professor i Uppsala, SVT Rapport, Uppsala, September 1, 2016

So… “Fly or Die” is just a myth? The Travelling Scientist, KTH, Sep 2, 2016

Kevin Anderson is the new Zennström Visiting Professor in Climate Change Leadership, UU, August 22, 2016

Klimatmarsch lockade många, UNT, November 29, 2015

Uppsalastudenter på klimatmötet i Paris, Universen, #6 (sid 7), 2015

Uppsala University sends student delegation to Paris, UU, November 18, 2015

De springer för klimatet, UNT, November 16, 2015

Uppsalas första klimatprofessor, Doreen Stabinsky, Techna #3, 2015

Unik satsning på klimatledarskap, Universen, #2 (sid 17), 2015

Världens ögon riktas mot Paris, Nya Horisonter, #1 (sid 40), 2015

Hon ska sätta Uppsala på Klimatkartan, UNT 24, March 23, 2015

Invigning och föreläsning med Zennströms gästprofessor Doreen Stabinsky, UU press-release, March 21, 2015

Klimatfokus för nyrekryterad gästprofessor, Ergo, Feb 24, 2015

Hon Blir första Zennström Professorn, UNT, January 26, 2015

Zennströms Climate Professorship to Doreen Stabinsky, UU Press-release, January 26, 2015

Stabinsky named to visiting faculty post in Sweden, College of the Atlantic News, January 14, 2015


Past events

November 14
Live streamed side event at COP23
2020: The necessary, desirable and achievable turning point to safeguard our climate. With Kevin Anderson, Johan Rockström, Christiana Figueres, Mary Robinson. Organized by CEMUS, Uppsala University, Stockholm Resilience Centre with co-hosts.
More information here:

October 24
From Oslo to Paris – Delivering on Climate Commitments
8.00-10.00, Oslo
Zennström professor Kevin Anderson and colleagues from CEMUS will be visiting
Oslo to engage with the city of Oslo and University of Oslo in this breakfast seminar.
More information and registration here:

Tuesday October 17
Pathways to a fossilfree society – the case of Järfälla Municipality
13.00-15.00, Järfälla Gymansium, Järfälla.
More information and registration here.

Thursday September 28, 2017
Lecture with Kevin Anderson: Sustainability and Climate Change
19.00-20.30, Missionskyrkan, Uppsala
More information and registration here.

Wednesday September 27, 2017
Lecture with Kevin Anderson: StandUp for Climate Change – Energy System Implications of the Paris Agreement
15.15-17.00, Häggsalen, Ångströms Lab, Uppsala
More information here.

Thursday September 21, 2017
The Gordon Goodman Memorial Lecture with Kevin Anderson
13.30-17.00, Swedish Royal Academy of Sciences.
More information and recording available here: here.

Monday July 3-Wednesday July 5
Almedalen Seminars
A number of seminars were organized as a part of the program at Almedalen.
More information here:

Thursday June 1
Clean Tech Challenge for cities
Keynote by Kevin Anderson at the Clean tech Challenge for cities.
9-10, Aula at Polacksbacken, Uppsala
More information here:

Wednesday May 30
Beyond the climate of fear: a seminar on rapid decarbonisation
A talk by Kevin Anderson followed by a moderated panel discussion with Kevin Noone, Miriam Huitric, Will Steffen and Johan Rockström.
12.15-14.00, Stockholm Resilience Centre

Saturday May 27
Seminar on Swedish climate policy at Miljöpartiets partikongress
A talk by Kevin Anderson followed by a moderated panel discussion with Isabella Lövin.
19-21, Linköping

Thursday May 18
Uppsala Sustainability Festival
Two public seminars with Kevin Anderson and guests on the occasion of Uppsala Sustainability Festival
13.15-15.00 & 17.15-19.00, Uppsala City Library
More information about Uppsala Sustainability Festival here:

Wednesday May 3
Frukostmöte i Kollaboratoriet Uppsala – Klimatångest
Klimatångesten – vad har den att säga oss? Frukostmöte och samtal med idéhistoriker Julia Nordblad.
8-9, Kollaboratoriet Uppsala, Östra Ågatan 19, Uppsala
Mer information här:

Monday April 10
Mitigation – but how fast?
A public talk by Kevin Anderson
18.00-19.30, Lund City Library
For more information, please contact Tomas Björnsson (

Monday April 10
The carbon guilt of the sustainability scientist – should academics stop flying?
A seminar with Kevin Anderson
13.00-15.00, Wrangel Library, Biskopsgatan 5, Lund
For more information, please contact Wim Carton (

Tuesday April 4
Offical opening of the Uppsala Collaboratory and a public conversation
with Kevin Anderson, Bert de Vries, Josefin Wangel and others.
16.15-18.00, Uppsala Collaboratory, Östra Ågatan 19, Uppsala
More information and registration at:

Thursday March 30
Public Talk by Kevin Anderson in Swedish Parliament
Paris, 2°C and carbon budgets: understanding Sweden’s role in a low-carbon future
12.00-13.00, Swedish Parliament, Mittpoolen Seminar Room
More information and registration at: