LUCSUS seminars – Spring 2022 “Connecting the Local and the Global”

Craft beer bottles. Photo: Markus Spiske / Unsplash

Date: February 10, 2022
Date: February 10, 2022
Time: 11:00
Start date: February 10, 2022
Event summary: Third talk on transformational sustainable change: experiences from a craft beer urban living lab

A new series of LUCSUS Seminars at Lund University

Issues ranging from climate change and pandemics to finance and digitalization often evoke notions of ‘the global’. Yet, though global, these processes are always grounded in the local; emerging from, having impact on, and transformed by concrete local contexts and experiences. Connecting the global with the local is central to LUCSUS research and teaching. With this seminar series, we zoom in on the situated experiences, follow the connections, and tease out the relations that link local with the global.

The seminar series covers topics ranging from climate justice, activism, and decolonization, to governance, health, and digitalization. The LUCSUS seminars are open for the public, held online and take place Thursdays from 11 am to 12 noon.

Third Seminar – “Promoting transformational sustainable change: experiences and reflections from the Scanian craft beer sector”

Numerous approaches to promote bottom-up, collaborative sustainable change have emerged in recent years. An example is urban living labs where researchers work in conjunction with different organizations and individuals in society to devise and test measures to promote sustainability.

This presentation focuses on one urban living lab called SustBeerLab, a lab consisting of a number of interactive activities to promote sustainability in the craft beverage industry. During the seminar, Darin and Barry (speakers) will provide a succinct overview of the lab, and recent updates on the main sustainability initiatives we are working on with the industry (i.e., principles, hydroponic hop growing, capacity building), including a new 3-minute film on the hop growing. They then will present (and hopefully have a discussion on) a number of key points and recommendations when closely working with actors from the private sector to increase sustainability in their operations. This will include a focus on organizational, inter-personal, and intra-personal levels.


Barry Ness is an Associate Professor at the Centre for Sustainability Studies (LUCSUS). His research concentrates on understanding bottom-up processes of sustainable change, with a current focus on small- & medium-sized enterprises. Barry is a work package co-leader for the TRANSFORM Project, and was a work package leader and researcher for the GLOCULL Project. He was also the Skåne Local Interaction Platform director and researcher for the Mistra Urban Futures Project (2017-2020).

Darin Wahl is a PhD Candidate at the Centre for Sustainability Studies (LUCSUS). His research centers on understanding sustainability solution oriented transdisciplinary processes. Darin’s thesis work looks at the functioning of urban living labs individually and coordinated in international consortia through the GLOCULL and TRANSFORM projects.

Remember that in order to join the seminar online, you need to sign up. You will then receive a confirmation email with a Zoom link to the seminar.