David Harneskaffiliated with the university

Research areas and keywords


  • Economic Geography, climate change, Energy, Ecology, Geopolitics, Indigenous struggles, Sustainability Science, Emancipatory Social Science


My research covers a variety of sustainability studies-related themes, mainly focusing on climate change and land-use change, but also covering methodological development within the field of Sustainability Science. Meaningful climate change mitigation and the resolution of environmental degradation often involves tackling major social structural and institutional barriers, an understanding which has informed my choice of theory and methodology over the years. I approach these diverse nature-society interactions through problem-driven interdisciplinary research, drawing on theories from geography and sociology, and the natural sciences (such as ecology and thermodynamics), to develop solutions-oriented research outcomes.

My PhD focused on the North-South dynamics in the geographies of transport energy: the case of EU biofuels. Within a sustainability science frame, I drew on critical realism, emancipatory social science, and a mixed methods approach to examine the complex interdependencies of energy and geography across three interconnected analytical domains: geopolitics, energy markets and energy landscapes. My thesis provided a systematic diagnosis and critique of the major social and environmental claims of EU biofuel regulation, and to proceeded and discuss alternatives and transformation that could address the concerns raised in the critique. You can find my dissertation here, its English press release here, and its Swedish press release here. My reserch has also covered the social structural and institutional conditions under which Sámi struggles over land are unfoldning with an interest in their wider implications for the ecological conditions for reindeer husbandry.


Since 2012 I have been teaching and supervising students for master and undergraduate students in a variety of courses at Lund University. These include:

  • Climate, Science and Society
  • Gender and Sustainability in Theory and Everyday Life
  • Popular culture and Sustainability

Over the years I have also tought in many other courses: Economy and Sustainability; Environmental Studies and Sustainability Science: Master’s Thesis; Energy and Sustainability; Governance of Sustainability; Social Science Lab; Methods for Climate Risk Management; Sustainable development from a local, regional and global perspective; Environmental Science: Industrial Environmental Economics, and Environmental Science: Instruments for preventative environmental protection.

Recent research outputs

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