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PoN – an SOS for sustainability

PhD defence, Friday 20 November 2020. Jakob Raffn.

2020.11.20 | Sunitha Satkunam

Jakob Raffn

During his PhD studies, Jakob Raffn attempted to unpack and address a key challenge of our time; namely that, ‘while societies become increasingly aware of and knowledgeable about sustainability they do not become sustainable’. In their current configurations, our Societal Operating Systems (SOS), i.e. economies, sciences, politics, technologies, philosophies, etc., do not operate in favor of sustainability. Consequently, novel SOSs – capable of handling the challenges of our time – must be created, trialed and refined and the process of doing so rigorously documented and shared.

Politics of Nature (PoN) is an SOS shaped as a board game. It allows a playful exploration of an alternative politics, inspired by the work of the French philosopher Bruno Latour. In PoN, all things are equally real and bestowed equal rights to negotiate their existence. PoN is being digitally augmented and its efficacy in ensuring water security is being tested in the Eerste River Catchment, South Africa.

The PhD study was completed at Department of Agroecology, Faculty of Technical Sciences, Aarhus University. 

This summary was prepared by the PhD student

Time: Friday 20 November 2020 at 13.00
Place: Auditorium, 8814-3075, Blichers Alle 20, 8830 Tjele, Aarhus University
The PhD defence will also be held online. To receive a link to the event, please send an e-mail to Karina Rysholt Christensen; kch@agro.au.dk
Title of PhD thesis: Playing with societies’ operating systems to ensure sustainable water use
Contact information: Jakob Raffn, e-mail: raffn@agro.au.dk, tel.: +45 60135257
Members of the assessment committee:
Professor emeritus Henrik Moller, Centre for Sustainability: Agriculture, Food, Energy, Environment, University of Otago, New Zealand
Associate Professor Anders Kristian Munk, Department of Culture and Learning, Aalborg University, Denmark
Associate Professor Lars Elsgaard (chairman), Department of Agroecology, Aarhus University, Denmark
Main supervisor: Professor Tommy Dalgaard, Department of Agroecology, Aarhus University, Denmark
Co-supervisor: Professor Michael Zwicky Hauschild, Department of Technology, Management and Economics, DTU, Denmark
Language: The PhD dissertation will be defended in English

The defence is public.

Due to the coronavirus situation, the PhD thesis will not be available for reading at the offices of the PhD administration. Instead, interested parties may send an e-mail to gradschool.tech@au.dk to receive a digital copy of the PhD thesis. Please note, it may in certain cases be necessary to make an individual arrangement to read the PhD thesis.

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