In The Spotlight

The Lazy Dawn of Ecomodernity

Ceres21, SUM and BI are organizing an open seminar on ecomodernityA team of scholars from Europe, China and Africa will launch comparative perspectives on ecomodernity in business, culture and politics. They will be challenged by a group of international commentators

About Us

CERES 21 is a group of senior researchers consisting of three core teams from, respectively, Norway, China and Ghana, and several affiliated scholars from Europe and the US. 





  

Directors

Nina WitoszekThe project is directed by Nina Witoszek who is research professor at the Centre for Development and the Environment at the University of Oslo. Before joining Oslo University she worked at the Universities of Oxford, the National University of Ireland in Galway, and the European University in Florence. She held visiting professorships at the University of Cambridge and the University of Stanford and, since 2008, has been affiliated with the Centre for Advanced Studies at the Royal Norwegian Academy of Science.

Atle MidttunThe project is co-directed by Atle Midttun who is professor at the Norwegian School of Management, Institute of Innovation and Economic Organisation, Director of the Centre for Corporate Responsibility, and Co-Director of the Centre for Energy and Environment. Before joining the Norwegian School of Management, he worked at the Group for Resource Studies under the National Research Council, at the Institute for Social studies, Oslo and the Institute of Sociology, University of Oslo. He was a visiting professor at the Université Paris Sud, the University of Michigan, and a visiting Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley, and the Max Planck Institute for Social Research.



Core Researchers

 

Paddy Coulter is a Fellow of Green Templeton College, Oxford University and a Senior Associate of St Antony’s College as well as an Associate Fellow at the university’s Environmental Change Institute (ECI). He is also a Visiting Fellow at the University of Bournemouth’s Media School and was an Advisory Board member of the University of Bath’s Wellbeing in Developing Countries ESRC Research group.

 

 

 

Dr Karl Gerth teaches modern Chinese history at Oxford University and is a fellow and tutor at Merton College, Oxford. His latest book is As China Goes, So Goes the World: How Chinese Consumers are Transforming Everything, which explores the wide-ranging ramifications of China’s shift toward a market economy over the past thirty years. He has conducted research in China and Japan on consumerism for over twenty-five years.

 

 

 

Audrey GadzekpoAudrey Gadzekpo is a Senior Lecturer and Ag. Director School of Communication Studies, University of Ghana.  She has been a visiting scholar at Northwestern University, and her teaching and research interests focus primarily on various aspects of the media in Africa (development, gender, politics and governance). She also has more than 20 years of practical experience as a journalist, working variously as a reporter, editor, contributor, columnist, talk show host, socio-political commentator, and magazine publisher/editor.

 

Carlos Joly has an A.M. in Philosophy from Harvard University and is an independent investment manager and investor with 20 years experience integrating environmental and social considerations in portfolio management. He is co-founder of UNEP Finance Initiative and Co-Chair of Expert Group that drafted the UN Principles of Responsible Investment. He was Senior VP of Storebrand Investments, Norway, before that Vice President of Citibank in New York, London, Buenos Aires. In 1996 he received the Tomorrow Environmental Leadership Award. He is Visiting Professor of Finance and Sustainable Development at the Ecole Superieur de Commerce, Toulouse and a Senior Research Associate at the Centre for Development and Environment, U of Oslo. Carlos has lectured at Oxford, Cambridge, Yale, Kellogg Business School, Haute Ecole de Commerce, Universite de Paris-Dauphine, and the Chartered Financial Analyst Institute and has written many articles on finance, climate change, and the environment.

 

 Amadu Mahama is an independent Energy and Development Consultant with over 20 years of experience in the Energy Sector in Ghana. He spent over a decade as a Senior Manager with the Volta River Authority, one of the largest electric utilities in Africa. He is the founder of NewEnergy, an Energy Research and Development organization with Energy Access programmes targeting rural areas and underserved urban communities. Recently he played a key role in the preparation of the Master Plan for Rural Electrification in Ghana using Renewable Energy. Amadu is a graduate of the Universities of Ghana, and the BI Norwegian School of Management where he holds a BSc degree in Finance and MSc degree in Energy Management respectively.

 

 Alberto Martinelli is Professor of Political Science at the University of Milan and past president of the International Sociological Association From 1987 to 1999 Martinelli was the dean of the faculty of Political Science at the University of Milan.Member of the national council of science and technology since its start, he is also the author of books and essays on social systems and comparative politics, entrepreneurship and economic development, modernization and global governance, and social policies.He is one of the founders of the journal, Reset, and is an editorialist of theCorriere della Sera.From 1984-85 and 1996-1998 he was advisor to the Italian Prime Minister for social policies and president of the national committee for the integration of immigrants.His most recent book was published both in English, by Oxford University Press (Transatlantic Divide), and in Italian by Università Bocconi Editore (L’Occidente allo specchio).

 

Atle MidttunAtle Midttun is co-director of the project and is professor at the Norwegian School of Management, Institute of Innovation and Economic Organisation, Director of the Centre for Corporate Responsibility, and Co-Director of the Centre for Energy and Environment. Before joining the Norwegian School of Management, he worked at the Group for Resource Studies under the National Research Council, at the Institute for Social studies, Oslo and the Institute of Sociology, University of Oslo. He was a visiting professor at the Université Paris Sud, the University of Michigan, and a visiting Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley, and the Max Planck Institute for Social Research.

 

Line Sundt Næsse is CERES21 project coordinator and research assistant at the Centre for Development and the Environment, University of Oslo. She holds a MA in Social Anthropology from the University of Bergen with field-research done in Paraguay and a BA from UiB, NTNU and the University of Portsmouth. She has worked and studied in Latin America, East Africa, Russia, India and the UK in both private and public sector.

 

 

Mikael Román is Senior Research Fellow at Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), with a PhD in political science from Department of Government at Uppsala University, Sweden. He specializes in the areas of: policy implementation and evaluation; international relations; science, technology and public policy; environmental regulation; and corporate strategies. Before joining SEI, Román had a Senior Researcher position at Stockholm School of Economics, and between 2000 and 2002 he was a “Wallenberg post-doc scholar” at Center for International Studies, MIT.In recent years, Román has worked extensively on energy and climate change issues, with particular focus on the United States and South America, mainly Brazil.

 

Philippe SchmitterPhilippe Schmitter has previously taught at Stanford University and the University of Chicago, and is now professor of political and social sciences at the European University Institute in San Domenico di Fiesole, Italy. He is coauthor and coeditor, with Guillermo O'Donnell and Laurence Whitehead, of Transitions from Authoritarian Rule (1986) and author of How to Democratize the European Union . . . and Why Bother? (2000).

 

 

Elin Staurem is research assistant at BI Norwegian Business School, the Institute of Innovation and Economic Organisation and administrative manager at the Centre for Corporate Responsibility. She has a MSc in Industrial Ecology and a BA in European Studies and Foreign Languages, both from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway.

 

 

Bron Taylor is President of the International Society for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture and editor of the Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture.  He has written widely in about environmental ethics and grassroots movements, with special attention to their religious, moral, and political dimensions. His works include Dark Green Religion: Nature Spirituality and the Planetary Future (forthcoming in 2009), the Encyclopedia of Religion and Nature (2005), and Ecological Resistance Movements  (1995). Taylor was appointed as the Samuel S. Hill Ethics Professor at the University of Florida in 2002, where he teaches in its graduate program focusing on religion and nature.  He is also the host of www.religionandnature.com, which is a gateway to his initiatives, research, and teaching.

 

 

Kristine TiedjeKristina Tiedje is Associate Professor in anthropology at the University of Lyon 2 in France. She received her PhD in anthropology at the University of Oregon (USA) and did a postdoc at the Laboratoire d'Anthropologie Sociale in Paris. Kristina has worked extensively on human-environmental interactions, protected area management, tourism and cultural politics. She is the author of essays and articles on indigenous environmental movements and indigenous rights, and environmental politics in Latin America. She currently serves as secretary at the International Society for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture (ISSRNC) and also is a member of the Editorial board at the affiliated journal for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture (JSRNC). Currently, Kristina Tiedje a visiting scholar in anthropology at the University of Minnesota while working on a book manuscript on rights and culture in Mexico.

                        

       

Lars Trägårdh is Professor of History and Civil Society Studies at Ersta Sköndal University College in Stockholm, Sweden. He received his PhD in history from UC Berkeley in 1993 and worked for 10 years as assistant professor in history at Barnard College at Columbia University, New York. He is currently the co-editor of a forthcoming CERES21 book on civil society and monitory democracy. 

 

 

 

Wang Jin is Associate Professor of sociology at the School of Government, Sun Yat-Sen University (SYSU) in Guangzhou, China. He received his PhD in sociology from the University of Iowa. He is currently director of the Center for the Public, Science, and Sustainability Studies (CPSS) which is a joint research center established by the School of Government at SYSU, the Chinese Research Institute of Science Popularization (CRISP) in Beijing, China, and the Gothenburg Center for Public Learning and Understanding of Science (gcPLUS) at Gothenburg University in Sweden. The center’s research activities focus on international comparative studies on global sustainability issues from both the perspective of public-science relationship and the perspective of public policy. 

 

 

Nina Witoszek

Nina Witoszek is director of the project and is research professor at the Centre for Development and the Environment at the University of Oslo. Before joining Oslo University she worked at the Universities of Oxford, the National University of Ireland in Galway, and the European University in Florence. She held visiting professorships at the University of Cambridge and the University of Stanford and, since 2008, has been affiliated with the Centre for Advanced Studies at the Royal Norwegian Academy of Science.


Joseph YaroJoseph Awetori Yaro is a Senior Lecturer of the Department of Geography, University of Ghana. His main research interest concerns sustainable development in rural Africa. He teaches courses in Rural Development, Research Methods, Philosophy in Geography, and Resource Analysis.  He is currently working on issues of land rights vulnerabilities; food price rises and food insecurity; and climate change adaptations. He is also a visiting scholar at the Department of Human Geography during the annual Summer School program at the University of Oslo, Norway

 

 

Tia TahayaTia Yahaya is an M-Phil student and a Graduate Assistant in the Department of Geography and Resource Development. His research interest is in the area of medical geography and rural development. He has five years of professional teaching experience in geography in the Senior High School.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Affiliated scholars

 

Paul Ehrlich

Professor Paul R. Ehrlich is Bing Professor of Population Studies at Stanford University. is Bing Professor of Population Studies at Stanford University. He is also a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society, and a member of the National Academy of Sciences. Professor Ehrlich has received several honorary degrees, the John Muir Award of the Sierra Club, the Gold Medal Award of the World Wildlife Fund International, a MacArthur Prize Fellowship, the Crafoord Prize of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences (given in lieu of a Nobel Prize in areas where the Nobel is not given), in 1993 the Volvo Environmental Prize, in 1994 the United Nations' Sasakawa Environment Prize, in 1995 the Heinz Award for the Environment, in 1998 the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement and the Dr. A. H. Heineken Prize for Environmental Sciences, in 1999 the Blue Planet Prize, in 2001 the Eminent Ecologist Award of the Ecological Society of America and the Distinguished Scientist Award of the American Institute of Biological Sciences.

 

Ramachandra GuhaRamachandra Guha is an Indian historian and biographer whose research interests have included environment, social, political and cricket history. He is also a columnist for the newspapers The Hindu, The Hindustan Times and The Telegraph. Between 1985 and 2000, he had taught at various universities in India, Europe and North America, including the University of California, Berkeley, Yale University, Stanford University and at Oslo University, and later at the Indian Institute of Science. Since then, he has been a full-time writer. Guha is also the author of the bestselling history of independent India , "India after Gandhi". Ramachandra Guha is the Chairholder of the Arne Næss Chair 2008.

 

Richard KleinRichard J.T. Klein is a geographer, and currently researcher at Stockholm Environmental Institute. He has sixteen years of research experience on human vulnerability and adaptation to climate variability and change. He is an internationally leading expert on adaptation science and climate policy and has been involved in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change since 1993, most recently as coordinating lead author in the Fourth Assessment Report. He also contributed to the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, the Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change, and Tony Blair’s report “Breaking the Climate Deadlock”. His current research interests include methodological aspects of vulnerability assessment, societal adaptation to climate change, and integration of climate and development policy.

 

James LovelockJames Lovelock  is an independent scientist, environmentalist, author and researcher, Doctor Honoris Causa of several universities throughout the world, he is considered since several decades as a one of the main ideological leaders, if not the main one, in the history of the development of environmental awareness. James Lovelock is still today one of the main authors in the environmental field. He is the author of  " The GaiaTheory ", " The Ages of Gaia ", "Homage to GAIA", and" The Revenge of Gaia ". James Lovelock is in favor of the use of clean nuclear energy, respectful of the environment : read the introduction of James Lovelock to the book "Environmentalists Nuclear Energy". He supports the Association of Environmentalists For Nuclear Energy (EFN). James Lovelock was Chairholder of the Arne Næss Chair in 2007.

 

Jørgen RandersJørgen Randers is professor of policy analysis at the Norwegian School of Management (BI), where he teaches scenario analysis and corporate responsibility. He lectures internationally on the issue of sustainable development, within and outside corporations. He is non-executive member of a number of corporate boards, and also the "sustainability councils" of the British Telecom and the city of Rotterdam. He was formerly President of the Norwegian School of Management 1981 - 89, and Deputy Director-general of WWF International (World Wide Fund for Nature) in Switzerland 1994 - 99. He has authored a number of books and scientific papers, including "The Limits to Growth" (1972) and "Limits to Growth - The 30 Year Update" (2004) .

 

Stephen Schneider Dr. Stephen H. Schneider was one of the world's top climatologists. He unexpectdly passed away on  July19, 2010 at age 65, following a heart attack on one of his many intellectual "climate crusades." Dr. Schneider was a classical polymath: having gained a degree in mechanical engineering and plasma physics from Columbia University, he moved on to study atmospheric physics and the global environment. As a adviser to successive administrations, from president Nixon to Obama, he was a skeptical supporter of greenhouse gas legislation, always emphasizing that intergovernmental agreements on sharing out limited resources do not have a promising track-record. After his postdoctoral work at NASA's Godard Institute for Space Studies at Columbia, he moved to the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder Colorado, and in 1992 to Stanford University, California, where he came to hold three professorships. In 2007, as a prominent member of the IPCC, he shared the Nobel peace prize with Al Gore. He was also Chairholder of the Arne Næss Chair 2009. Dr. Schneider was one of the world's most brilliant communicators, and both his friends and foes alike agree that "he did more than any other individual on the planet to help us to realize that human actions have led to global-scale changes in Earth's climate."

 

 


Core Institutions

 

The Centre for Development and the Environment (SUM), University of Oslo 

The Centre for Development and the Environment (SUM) is a vibrant international research institution at the University of Oslo* which promotes scholarly work on the challenges and dilemmas posed by sustainable development. The Centre was established in 1990 in response to the report of the Brundtland Commission: Our Common Future. SUM is currently one of the few institutions in Scandinavia advancing synergic, interdisciplinary research on development and the environment, combining insights from the social sciences, natural sciences and humanities. SUM is also an academic home of the founder of Deep Ecology, professor Arne Næss.

SUM’s current research is anchored in four thematic research areas:

Within these broadly defined areas, SUM promotes research on a range of cross-cutting topics, such as Natural Resource Management, Business and Governance and Health and Development.The main geographical focus of the research is Latin America, Southern and Central Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. 

SUM is presently engaged in several prestigious international projects  financed by the Norwegian and the European Research Councils, the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and NORAD. SUM was also the academic home of the founder of Deep Ecology, professor Arne Næss, and is the organizer of an annual event linked to the Arne Naess Chair, The Oslo Sustainability Summit

Although SUM is primarily a research institution, it offers courses at Bachelor, MA and PhD levels, as well as an International Master in Culture, Environment and Sustainability. The Centre has the status of Research School which specializes in educating scholars interested in interdisciplinary perspectives on development and the environment. Networks SUM has an extensive network of national and international research partners, and works in close co-operation with researchers in the South. It is the coordinating unit for a number of regional and specialised networks.

 

 

 

*The University of Oslo is Norway’s largest and oldest institution of higher education. It was founded in 1811 when Norway was still under Danish rule. Today the University of Oslo has approximately 30,000 students and 4,600 employees, and - in spite of its short history - it boasts four Nobel Prize winners: Ragnar Frisch (economics, 1969),  Odd Hassel (chemistry, 1969), Ivar Giæver (physics ,1973) , and Trygve Haavelmo (economics, 1989).


The University of Ghana

The University of Ghana was founded in 1948 as the university college of the Gold Coast on the recommendation of the Asquith Commission on Higher Education in the British colonies, for the purpose of providing for and promoting university education, learning and research. It gained a full status as a university in 1961 through an Act of Parliament on October 1, 1961 (Act 79). The University of Ghana is the oldest and largest university in the country with a current student population of about 29,754, representing male/female ratio of 2:1. The university has a senior administrative and professional staff of about 128, and senior teaching staff of about 865. The academic life of the university is centred around colleges, faculties, institutes/schools and centres of Research/Learning. The faculties include: the Arts, Engineering Sciences, Sciences, Social Studies, and the University of Ghana Business School.

The University of Ghana is a member of the International Association of Universities (IAU), the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) and the Association of African Universities (AAU). The university is also a member of the league of world universities comprising 47 renowned research universities all over the world. The university is also linked to the Norwegian Universities Committee for Development Research and Education (NUFU), the Council for Educational Exchange (CIEE) based in New York City, International Exchange Programme (ISEP) and the Common wealth Universities Exchange Consortium (CUSAC), among others.


The Department of Innovation and Economic Organisation, BI Norwegian Business School

The Department of Innovation and Economic Organisation conducts research and education in fundamental topics related to innovation, business development, management of global companies, business history and economic organisation. The Department hosts 7 professors, 20 researchers and 6 phd candidates, and comprises 4 research centres, two of which are engaged in the Ceres project:

1) The Centre for Corporate Responsibility, headed by professor Atle Midttun which studies and promotes sustainable and responsible business. The Centre supplies and builds competence among students and business leaders, for dealing with corporate challenges in relation to economics, ethical, social and ecological sustainability.    

 2) The Centre for Energy and Environment - headed by professors Atle Midttun, Øystein Noreng and Bjarne Ytterhus -  which upholds research and educational programmes within the fields of energy and the environment.

The Department of Innovation and Economic Organisation is one of nine research institutes at BI Norwegian Business School. BI is a private, independent, specialised university institution with around 20 000 students, whos purpose is to conduct education and research at a high international level within management, administration, economics, marketing, innovation and entrepreneurship.

Founded in 1943 as a private cooperation offering evening business classes, BI Norwegian Busines School has grown to be one of the leading and most influential education and research institutions in Norway. The school has agreements with 148 universities and business schools in 40 countries all over the world. This includes an MBA program in China in cooperation with Fudan University School of Management, and a strategic collaboration with Nanyang University of Technology in Singapore, ESCP/EAP European School of Management in Paris and University of California- Berkley.


Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou, China 

Sun Yat-Sen University was one of the two schools founded by Dr. Sun Yat-Sen, the leader of the republic revolution in 1911 and one of the founding fathers of modern China. It is one of the earliest modern institution for high learning in China and one of the best national elite universities in China today. It stands out from its peers as one of the most open-minded, free-spirited, and highly innovative universities nation-wide both due to its broad and active international collaborations, and its location at one of the most vibrant economic region—the Pearl River Delta in southern China where has been the power house of China’s phenomenal development over the past 30 years.