Ola Uhrqvist is a PhD-candidate at the Department of Water and Environmental Studies at Linköping University, affiliated with the Centre for Climate Science and Policy Research (CSPR).
The research seeks to connect ways of knowing with rationalities of governing in order to understand the how it became seen as rational to know and manage global environmental change via the optics of the Earth system, and more specific via integrated global models able to produce images of past, present and future states of the planet. Being a critical perspective this research seeks to enhance the possibilities to reflect on knowledge produced based on the embedded assumptions underpinning any research project. Simultaneously, being constructive, better understanding the history of present Earth system knowledge enhances communication of the results to broader audiences. This locates the inquiries at the intersection between history of (scientific) ideas, sociology of scientific knowledge and their disciplinary neighbours.
The doctoral thesis project Earth system governmentality (2009-2014) traces the discourses concerning relevant and productive ways of knowing the Earth System as they emerge in IGBP and IHDP. At the centre of these efforts are the production and use of Earth system models as a technique to give advice about future states of the planet.
In a wider sense, drawing on a background in history, ethics and education, the interests includes ways of developing Environmental communication in general and education in particular. Combining the critical studies of scientific knowledge production and participating in education and making films for wide audiences provides interesting and productive tensions between reflection and practice.
Publications and Papers
Department of Thematic studies – Water and Environmental Studies
Centre for Climate Science and Policy Research (CSPR)
601 74 Norrköping Sweden
Email: ola.uhrqvist [at] liu.se