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Göran Sundqvist

Professor

Göran Sundqvist
Professor , Deputy Head
goran.sundqvist@sts.gu.se
+46 31 786 5205

Postal Address: Box 720, 40530 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Skanstorget 18 , 41122 Göteborg


Department of Sociology and Work Science (More Information)
Box 720
405 30 Göteborg
www.socav.gu.se
socav@socav.gu.se
Fax: +46 31 786 4764
Visiting Address: Skanstorget 18 , 411 22 Göteborg

About Göran Sundqvist

Background
GÖRAN SUNDQVIST has a PhD in Sociology (University of Gothenburg, 1992) and is Professor in Science and Technology Studies (STS) since 2008. After finishing his doctoral studies he held a Post Doc (1992) and a Senior Lecturer position (1997) in STS at the Department of Interdisciplinary Research, University of Gothenburg. Sundqvist has also been Professor in STS at the TIK Centre for Technology, Innovation and Culture, University of Oslo (2008-2015) and leader of its STS research group. He is currently Professor at the Department of Sociology and Work Science and Director of Research and PhD education, University of Gothenburg (since 2015). During 2015-2017 he was appointed Professor II at TIK, University of Oslo, and since 2017 Professor II at CICERO – Center for International Climate Research, Oslo. Sundqvist has also been a visiting scholar at the Department of Science and Technology Studies, Cornell University (6 months, 1997), SCORE – Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research, Stockholm University (3 months, 2004-2005), and Center for the Sociology of Innovation, Mines ParisTech, (3 months, 2012). 

Research intersets
Göran Sundqvist’s research focuses on the role of expertise, the interplay of science and policy, and the expert-lay divide. His research is anchored in the interdisciplinary field of science and technology studies – STS. Sundqvist is currently conducting empirical studies on nuclear waste management and climate change. These highly controversial issues are research-dependent, publicly discussed and in need of regulation. The role for the sociologist is to understand these conflicts and what problems scientific knowledge can solve and not solve. Examples from his research is presented in the two books “The Bedrock of Opinion: Science, Technology and Society in the Siting of High-Level Nuclear Waste” (Springer, 2002) and “Governing the Air: The Dynamics of Science, Policy, and Citizen Interaction” (edited with Rolf Lidskog, MIT Press, 2011), and in Swedish in “Miljösociologi” [Environmental Sociology] (together with Rolf Lidskog, Studentlitteratur, 2011).

Externally funded projects since 2010
2017-2021 Understanding the international CONtext for Norway’s low-emission EConomy Transition (CONNECT). Funding agency: The Research Council of Norway. Project leader: Guri Bang, CICERO – Center for International Climate Research, Oslo (participant: Göran Sundqvist, professor II, CICERO).

2017-2020 Ungas kraft [Youth’s power]. Project leader: Universeum, Gothenburg (participant: Göran Sundqvist, University of Gothenburg) (www.universeum.se/ungas-kraft/).

2015-2019 Modern2020 – Development and demonstration of monitoring strategies and technologies for geological disposal. Funding agency: EC/EURATOM research and training programme. Project leader: Johan Bertrand, Andra – Agence Nationale Pour La Gestion Des Dechets Radioactifs, France. Swedish partner: University of Gothenburg (Göran Sundqvist) (www.modern2020.eu).

2014-2016 The IPCC AR5 In Europe: Usability, framing and communication of scientific climate information. Funding agency: The Research Council of Norway. Project leader: Asuncion St. Clair, CICERO – Center for International Climate Research, Oslo (participant: Göran Sundqvist, TIK, University of Oslo).

2011-2015 Dissemination of scientific knowledge as a policy instrument in climate policy. Funding agency: The Research Council of Norway. Project leader: Göran Sundqvist, TIK, University of Oslo.

2011-2014 InSotec – International Socio-Technical Challenges for Implementing Geological Disposal of Radioactive Waste. Funding agency: EC/EURATOM FP7. Project leader: Anne Bergmans, University of Antwerp. Norwegian partner: University of Oslo (Göran Sundqvist) (www.insotec.eu)

Teaching and supervisions
Sundqvist teaches environmental sociology and risk sociology on undergraduate level and STS on Master and PhD levels. He has been a supervisor for six PhD theses (main supervisor for five). Currently he is the main supervisor for four PhD students: Sylvia Lysgård (TIK, University of Oslo: Norwegian oil sands extraction in Canada), Tina Talleraas (TIK, University of Oslo: Nuclear weapons disarmament), Hannes Lagerlöf (SocAv, University of Gothenburg: Monitoring of nuclear waste), My Hyltegren (SocAv, University of Gothenburg: Technologies for age assessment for asylum cases in Sweden).

Outreach
Sundqvist’s research on science-policy interactions in the environmental field are highly policy-relevant and have in several cases analysed how expert-driven and technocratic framings are contested by other actors. His research on nuclear waste management in Sweden and the European Union, during the last 25 years, has involved a number of central actors and communities designated in locations for national repositories of nuclear waste. An important part of this research is to foster public engagement in technical decision-making. Sundqvist has participated in several EU-funded projects, which are good examples of these ambitions.


Most important publications since 2010
Monographs
Soneryd, Linda & Sundqvist, Göran (2018) Vetenskap och demokrati [Science and Democracy]. Lund: Studentlitteratur.

Lidskog, Rolf & Sundqvist, Göran (2013) Miljøsosiologi [Environmental Sociology]. Oslo: Gyldendal.

Lidskog, Rolf & Sundqvist, Göran (2011) Miljösociologi [Environmental Sociology]. Lund: Studentlitteratur.


Edited volumes
Soneryd, Linda & Sundqvist, Göran (eds) (2018) Vetenskapligt medborgarskap [Scientific Citizenship]. Lund: Studentlitteratur.

Lidskog, Rolf & Sundqvist, Göran (eds) (2011) Governing the Air: The Dynamics of Science, Policy, and Citizen Interaction. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Blowers, Andrew & Sundqvist, Göran (eds) (2010) (Special Issue ‘Radioactive Waste Management – Technocratic Dominance in an Age of Participation’). Journal of Integrative Environmental Sciences 7(3).


Articles in Peer Review Journals
Sundqvist, Göran, Gasper, Des, St.Clair, Asunción Lera, Hermansen, Erlend A.T., Yearley, Steven, Tvedten, Irene Ø & Wynne, Brian (2018) “One World or Two?: Science-Policy Interactions in the Climate Field”. Critical Policy Studies
https://doi.org/10.1080/19460171.2017.1374193

Westskog, Hege, Hovelsrud, Grete K. & Sundqvist, Göran (2017) “How to Make Local Context Matter in National Advice: Towards Adaptive Comanagement in Norwegian Climate Adaptation”. Weather, Climate, and Society 9(2): 267-283.

Lahn, Bård & Sundqvist, Göran (2017) “Science as a “Fixed Point”? Quantification and Boundary Objects in International Climate Politics”. Environmental Science and Policy 67: 8-15.

Sundqvist, Göran, Bohlin, Ingemar, Hermansen, Erlend & Yearley, Steven (2015) “Formalization and Separation: A Systematic Basis for Interpreting Approaches to Summarizing Science for Climate Policy”. Social Studies of Science 45(3): 416-440.

Lidskog, Rolf & Sundqvist, Göran (2015) “When Does Science Matter? International Relations Meets Science and Technology Studies”. Global Environmental Politics 15(1): 1-20.

Bergmans, Anne, Sundqvist, Göran, Kos, Drago & Simmons, Peter (2015) “The Participatory Turn in Radioactive Waste Management: Deliberation and the Social-Technical Divide”. Journal of Risk Research 18(3): 347-363.

Lahn, Bård & Sundqvist, Göran (2015) “Et fast punkt for klimaet? Vitenskap og politikk i den svarte ‘Bali-boksen’” [“A Fixed Point for the Climate? Science and Policy in the Black ‘Bali-Box’”]. Sosiologi i Dag 45(1): 31-52.

Sundqvist, Göran (2014) “Heating Up or Cooling Down? Social Scientists Analysing and Performing Environmental Conflicts”. Environment & Planning A 46(9): 2065-2079.

Lidskog, Rolf, Sundqvist, Göran, Kall, Ann-Sofie, Sandin, Per & Larsson Stig (2013) “Intensive Forestry in Sweden: Risk Governance in Practise”. Journal of Integrative Environmental Sciences 10(3-4): 145-160.

Bergmans, Anne; Elam, Mark; Simmons, Peter & Sundqvist, Göran (2012) “Perspectives on Radioactive Waste Repository Monitoring: Confirmation, Compliance, Confidence Building, and Societal Vigilance”. Technikfolgenabschatzung ¬– Theorie und Praxis 21(3): 22-28.

Elam, Mark & Sundqvist, Göran (2011) “Meddling in Swedish Success in Nuclear Waste Management”. Environmental Politics 20(2): 246-263.

Letell, Martin; Sundqvist, Göran & Elam, Mark (2011) “Steering through the neighbourhood: Towards an Advanced Liberal Risk Society?”. Environment & Planning A 43(1): 106-125.

Blowers, Andrew & Sundqvist, Göran (2010) “Radioactive Waste Management – Technocratic Dominance in an Age of Participation”. Journal of Integrative Environmental Sciences 7(3): 149-155.

Elam, Mark; Soneryd, Linda & Sundqvist, Göran (2010) “Demonstrating Safety - Validating New Build: The Enduring Template of Swedish Nuclear Waste Management”. Journal of Integrative Environmental Sciences 7(3): 197-210.

Sundqvist, Göran & Elam, Mark (2010) “Public Involvement Designed to Circumvent Public Concern? The “Participatory Turn” in European Nuclear Activities”. Risk, Hazards & Crisis in Public Policy 1(4): 203-229.


Book chapters
Sundqvist, Göran, Bohlin, Ingemar, Hermansen, Erlend & Yearley, Steven (2018) “Formalization and Separation: A Systematic Basis for Interpreting Approaches to Summarizing Science for Climate Policy”, pp. 55-81, in D. Gough, S. Oliver & J. Thomas (eds) Systematic Reviews and Research. Volume One: Aims, Principles, Diversity and Context. London: Sage.

Lidskog, Rolf & Sundqvist, Göran (2013) “Sociology of Risk”, pp. 75-105, in Sabine Roeser; Rafaela Hillerbrand; Per Sandin & Martin Peterson (eds), Essentials of Risk Theory. Dordrecht: Springer.

Sundqvist, Göran (2012) “Governing Unruly Technology: Swedish Politicians and Nuclear Power”, pp. 56-70, in Bengt Larsson; Martin Letell & Håkan Thörn (eds) Transformations of the Swedish Welfare State: From Social Engineering to Governance?. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Lidskog, Rolf & Sundqvist, Göran (2012) “Sociology of Risk”, pp. 1001-1028, in Sabine Roeser; Rafaela Hillerbrand; Per Sandin & Martin Peterson (ed.) Handbook of Risk Theory. Epistemology, Decision Theory, Ethics, and Social Implications of Risk. Dordrecht: Springer.

Elam, Mark & Sundqvist, Göran (2011) “The Swedish KBS project: a last word in nuclear fuel safety prepares to conquer the world?”, in Urban Strandberg & Mats Andrén (eds) Nuclear Waste Management in a Globalised World. London: Routledge.

Lidskog, Rolf & Sundqvist, Göran (2011) “Science-Policy-Citizen Dynamics in International Environmental Governance”, pp. 323-359, in Rolf Lidskog & Göran Sundqvist (eds), Governing the Air: The Dynamics of Science, Policy, and Citizen Interaction. Cambridge, Mass: The MIT Press.

Lidskog, Rolf & Sundqvist, Göran (2011) “Transboundary Air Pollution Policy in Transition”, pp. 1-35, in Rolf Lidskog & Göran Sundqvist (eds), Governing the Air: The Dynamics of Science, Policy, and Citizen Interaction. Cambridge, Mass: The MIT Press.

Sundqvist, Göran (2011) “Fewer Boundaries and Less Certainty: The Role of Experts in European Air Policy, pp. 195-221, in Rolf Lidskog & Göran Sundqvist (eds), Governing the Air: The Dynamics of Science, Policy, and Citizen Interaction. Cambridge, Mass: The MIT Press.

Latest publications

One world or two? Science–policy interactions in the climate field
Göran Sundqvist, Des Gasper, Asunción Lera St.Clair, Erlend A T Hermansen, Steven Yearley et al.
Critical Policy Studies, Journal article 2018
Journal article

Fra symfoni til Kakofoni. Rapportene fra FNs klimapanel og reisen mot relevans
Erlend A T Hermansen, Göran Sundqvist, Steven Yearley, Asunción Lera St Clair, Kjersti Fløttum et al.
Rapporten: Sjanger og styringsverktøy, Kristian Bjørkdahl (ed), Oslo, Pax Forlag, Chapter in book 2018
Chapter in book

Stora utmaningar för ny svensk regering i IPCC:s klimatrapport
Göran Sundqvist
Dagens Nyheter, DN Debatt, 8 oktober 2018, Newspaper article 2018
Newspaper article

Environmental Expertise
Rolf Lidskog, Göran Sundqvist
Environment and Society: Concepts and Challenges, Bostrom, Magnus and Davidson, Debra J (eds) , Basingstoke, Palgrave, Chapter in book 2018
Chapter in book

Formalization and Separation: A Systematic Basis for Interpreting Approaches to Summarizing Science for Climate Policy
Göran Sundqvist, Ingemar Bohlin, Erlend A T Hermansen, Steven Yearley
Systematic Reviews and Research. Volume One: Aims, Principles, Diversity and Context. Gough, D., Oliver, S. & Thomas, J. (eds), London, Sage, Chapter in book 2018
Chapter in book

When Does Science Matter? International Relations Meets Science and Technology Studies
Rolf Lidskog, Göran Sundqvist
Global Environmental Politics, Journal article 2015
Journal article

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2019

2018

One world or two? Science–policy interactions in the climate field
Göran Sundqvist, Des Gasper, Asunción Lera St.Clair, Erlend A T Hermansen, Steven Yearley et al.
Critical Policy Studies, Journal article 2018
Journal article

Fra symfoni til Kakofoni. Rapportene fra FNs klimapanel og reisen mot relevans
Erlend A T Hermansen, Göran Sundqvist, Steven Yearley, Asunción Lera St Clair, Kjersti Fløttum et al.
Rapporten: Sjanger og styringsverktøy, Kristian Bjørkdahl (ed), Oslo, Pax Forlag, Chapter in book 2018
Chapter in book

Stora utmaningar för ny svensk regering i IPCC:s klimatrapport
Göran Sundqvist
Dagens Nyheter, DN Debatt, 8 oktober 2018, Newspaper article 2018
Newspaper article

Environmental Expertise
Rolf Lidskog, Göran Sundqvist
Environment and Society: Concepts and Challenges, Bostrom, Magnus and Davidson, Debra J (eds) , Basingstoke, Palgrave, Chapter in book 2018
Chapter in book

Formalization and Separation: A Systematic Basis for Interpreting Approaches to Summarizing Science for Climate Policy
Göran Sundqvist, Ingemar Bohlin, Erlend A T Hermansen, Steven Yearley
Systematic Reviews and Research. Volume One: Aims, Principles, Diversity and Context. Gough, D., Oliver, S. & Thomas, J. (eds), London, Sage, Chapter in book 2018
Chapter in book

2017

2015

When Does Science Matter? International Relations Meets Science and Technology Studies
Rolf Lidskog, Göran Sundqvist
Global Environmental Politics, Journal article 2015
Journal article

Showing 1 - 10 of 91

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