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GSF End-of-Year Greetings 2022

News: Dec 22, 2022

Prof. Stephen Gaya Agong & Prof. Marie Thynell discussing during Kigali workshop.Prof. Stephen Gaya Agong & Prof. Marie Thynell discussing during Kigali workshop. Photo: Prince Munyakuri

From the Director, Magdalena Eriksson

Looking back at 2022, we have gone from one global challenge to another—gradually emerging from a harsh pandemic grip into the rippling effects of war in Europe. We have had to remind ourselves about a prevailing threat of nuclear weapons, more people are on the move dur to draught, famine and consequences of other climate change and conflict.

Instant gratification comes only rarely in the academic setting. Most activities take time and require patience. Much of what we do in the GSF team aims for long-term collaboration with steady buildup of relations, knowledge and impact.

In the past year, we have seen the SWEAFUN network, encompassing Chalmers, University of Gothenburg and several university partners in East Africa materialise. Having started research in thematic groups in early 2022, a high-level workshop in Kigali, Rwanda in November, laid a solid ground for the network. Vice chancellors, researchers and several prominent guests all contributed to discussions and action plans for the coming five years. Read more about the SWEAFUN workshop here.

On a smaller scale, GSF has taken the first steps in a new initiative, bringing together expertise at Chalmers, University of Gothenburg and two universities in West Africa to a nexus around child health, air quality and urban development, with the support of an initiating grant from STINT.

Addressing the current state of democracy in the realm of global sustainability and development, GSF co-organised the 2022 Act Sustainable Research Conference together with the Chalmers and University of Gothenburg Research Network for Sustainable Development on November 16-18. One session featured a keynote by Kwadwo Appiagyei-Atua, Associate Professor at the University of Ghana School of Law, who presented the state of democracy in Africa of today. He highlighted the interplay between academic freedom and the democracy in the surrounding society. Together with University of Gothenburg, we also co-organised The 2022 Gothenburg International Research Workshop on Sustainable Economic Growth and Decent Work for All, in August. GSF held a side event for participants in low- and middle-income countries.

In the past semester, GSF also hosted and participated in a number of locally based events. A round-table discussion about the potential of international hubs at meeting places, showcased how the Grid Innovation and Incubation Hub at University of Rwanda, where, in collaboration with Chalmers, translates energy research to energy solutions in society. We also hosted the webinar Funding and Support for International Cooperation and Mobility, where expert staff at Chalmers and University of Gothenburg gave an overview of opportunities available to students and staff interested in international exchange with partners in low- and middle-income countries. Furthermore, in December GSF staff participated in a seminar commemorating the work by the Clube of Rome and Limits to Growth, published 50 years ago.

In 2023, at GSF we look forward to exciting developments as Gothenburg Centre for Sustainable Development transitions to the emergent Western Sweden arena for sustainability cooperation. We look forward to a broadened mission, including additional universities and growing exchange with the Global South.

Preparing for brave new steps, we take a few days of holiday rest. Let’s meet again in January with renewed strength and vigour. We at GSF thank everyone who has participated and contributed to our activities and wish you a healthy, sustainable and prosperous 2023.

Happy Holidays!

BY: Magdalena Eriksson

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