Elisabeth Riise Jensen, Framtiden i våre hender
Elisabeth Riise Jensen comes to SUM to talk about how sustainability plays a role in her job at the environmental NGO Framtiden i våre hender.
About the speaker
ELISABETH RIISE JENSEN is a former student at SUM, where she wrote her master thesis on barriers to reducing food waste among Norwegian consumers. Since then, she has been working with food waste reduction as project leader of MatVinn, a project in the NGO Framtiden i våre hender (The future in our hands). Through MatVinn the organization aims to reduce food waste at a consumer and institutional level, using primarily participation and exploration of own habits as methods rather than merely information campaigns. This has led to a significant reduction of food wasted in a short period of time among the participants and stories shared to influence others to positive change. Elisabeth will touch upon barriers and opportunities of habits, priorities and cultural meanings of food and waste, and the importance of balancing humor with a serious message when digging into and shaking things up in some of the least visible areas of everyday life: the back of our fridges and the bottom of our bins. She will also draw lines to how these experiences can apply to other areas of environmental change beyond saving food.
About the seminar series
Transformations is a series of lectures given by former students at the Centre for Development and the Environment (SUM), focusing on how former SUM students have put academic research into practical use in their jobs.