Environmental Change and Sustainable Social Development. Participators:

A photo of Fryshuset


Fryshuset is a foundation, based in Stockholm, that operates nationwide and with international exchanges. In addition to numerous social projects and youth related recreational activities, Fryshuset also provides education in various forms. During the conference a group of former students at the Aesthetics program’s Creative writing course will give performances under the collective title Words & Action.

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Michael Marmot

Chair of the Commission on Social Determinants of Health, World Health Organization Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health, University of London Michael Marmot has led a research group on health inequalities for the past 30 years. He is Principal Investigator of the Whitehall Studies of British civil servants, investigating explanations for the striking inverse social gradient in morbidity and mortality. He leads the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA) and is engaged in several international research efforts on the social determinants of health.

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Cindy Blackstock

Executive Director, First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada. Associate Professor, University of Alberta. Executive Director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada provides research, policy and professional development services to First Nations child and family service agencies in Canada. Cindy Blackstock worked in front-line child protection for provincial and First Nations child welfare agencies for over 13 years before moving on to her current position. *She also serves as Co-Convenor of the Working Group on Indigenous Child Rights for the UN-based NGO Group on the Rights of the Child.

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Fred H Besthorn

Fred Besthorn, Associate Professor of Social Work, Wichita State University. Fred H Besthorn has published extensively and spoken widely on the integration of Scandinavian philosopher Arne Naess’ concept of Deep Ecology. His research interests also include an emphasis on the interface of spirituality and religious traditions to the evolution of an eco-spiritually informed understanding of social and ecological justice.

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