Welcome to all new SUM students!

What are the main challenges in creating sustainable development? SUMs newest master students will have several courses on themes such as consumption and energy, global governance, global health, poverty and development among others.

New SUM students 2017

The aim of the master's degree Development, Environment and Cultural Change (DEC) is to provide students with knowledge and critical insights into the socio-cultural, political and scientific challenges of achieving sustainable development at both the local and global level.

The students enrolled in this year's master's programme come from countries from different parts of the world, including, Colombia, Peru, Brazil, Spain, Netherlands, Denmark, Belgium, Russia, Turkey, U.S  and Norway.

Anne Line Sandåker Program Coordinator

The first day they got an introduction to the centre and met some of the researchers at SUM. The new students were welcomed by programme coordinator Anne Line Sandåker and the director for SUM’s Masters programme Karen Victoria Lykke Syse.

Why choose SUM

Iris Leikanger and Guillem Rubio just started the program. They both appreciated the focus on environmental issues when choosing their master program.

Iris Leikanger holds a BA-degree in social anthropology from University of Durham. During and after her undergrad studies she worked on projects in Uganda and the Hindu Kush Himalayas. There she got interested in topics related to SUMs research.

– I have worked with climate change and adaptation in the Hindu Kush Himalayas. I want to learn more about climate change, food production and food security globally. I hope to learn more during my masters degree.

Guillem Rubio holds a bachelors degree in philosophy from Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. He wants to learn more on environmental ethics and deep ecology.


Guillem Rubio is from Spain and Iris Leikanger is from Norway.

– During my undergrad studies in philosophy I got really interested in deep ecology. Arne Næss is one of the founders of the Deep Ecology Movement and one of Norway's best known philosophers and he used to be at SUM. So then I read more about SUM and got really interested in this masters program.

We wish Iris, Guillem and all our students welcome to Oslo, and hope you will enjoy your studies!

By Hilde H Holsten
Published Aug. 15, 2017 10:28 AM - Last modified Aug. 16, 2017 1:22 PM