Sara Ullström

Doctoral Student

Research areas and keywords

UKÄ subject classification

  • Social Sciences Interdisciplinary


  • Climate change, Sustainability Transitions, Sustainability Science


My PhD research is part of the FORMAS funded research project "The takeoff of staying on the ground" which studies the rising movement in Sweden to reduce flying, and the potentially transformative cultural shift it represents. In my research, I focus on the emergence of new narratives associated with reducing air travel for climate change reasons, and the ways in which a flight-free movement increasingly is problematizing flying by mobilizing around and orchestrating these narratives. Much of the conversations about flying and climate change take place in social media, and the flight-free movement has also received rising attention in both national and international news media. How narratives of avoiding flying have emerged, evolved, and diffused over time in different media outlets, and with what impacts on policy and daily life, is therefore a key question in my research. 

Recent research outputs

Sara Ullström & Kimberly Nicholas, 2020 Apr 23, Sydsvenska Dagbladet, Debatt.

Research output: Contribution to specialist publication or newspaperNewspaper article

Ann-Kathrin Benner, Delf Rothe, Sara Ullström & Johannes Stripple, 2019 Nov, Hamburg: Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy, University of Hamburg. 40 p. (IFSH Research Report #001)

Research output: Book/ReportReport

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