Right Livelihood College

The Right Livelihood College (RLC) is a global initiative of the Right Livelihood Award Foundation. The aim of the initiative is to harness the knowledge and experience of the Laureates of Right Livelihood Award. In 2009, LUCSUS became the RLC’s first European partner campus.


The Right Livelihood Award Foundation was established in 1980 and is presented annually in the Swedish Parliament. Popularly known as the “Alternative Nobel Prize”, the Right Livelihood Award is widely recognised as the world’s premier award for personal courage and social transformation. It honours and supports people who offer workable solutions to the most urgent challenges of our time. Since 1980, 141 outstanding people and organisations from 59 countries around the world have been awarded for their engaged and successful work.

For more information, please see the website of Right Livelihood Award Foundation »

Please see the website of Right Livelihood Award Foundation for more info about the Right Livelihood College and the other five campuses »

Researchers from the Right Livelihood College Campus Lund, together with Frances Moore Lappé (RLA 1987), Hans Herren (RLA 2013), and Nnimmo Bassey (RLA 2010) discussed climate change and global health at a seminar held in the Swedish Parliament in May.

Whilst the impacts of climate change on natural systems such soils, water and ecosystems receive a high level of internatioal research attention, the impacts on human and public health are less well covered by the scientific and decision making communities alike. This session at the Swedish parliament sought to bring much need attention to different aspects of this nexus.

“Much of the burden of disease in tropical regions can be attributed to environmental factors, yet it is remarkable that this strong link is barely reflected in the current political rhetoric or scientific debate on global health,” said LUCSUS Director Lennart Olsson.

An interdisciplinary scientific report on the topic with recommendations for future action was be presented by researchers from Lund University. The report is available for download.

More information on the event

The 2014 Right Livelihood Award laureate Bill McKibben, visited Lund for a public lecture on the 2nd of December 2014. The talk was entitled: “The climate fight: Notes from the front lines”.

Bill McKibben was awarded the 2014 RLA “…for mobilising growing popular support in the USA and around the world for strong action to counter the threat of global climate change”.

He came to Lund on the December 2nd to deliver a public lecture, organised by LUCSUS (invitation), and participate in a public demonstration calling for Lund Univeristy to divest from fossil fuel companies, organised by students at LUMES and the rest of the university.

More information on Bill McKibben’s receipt of the RLA

The text of Bill McKibben’s acceptance speech (as pdf)

The 2013 Right Livelihood Award Laureate Hans Herren “Future of Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems in 2050”

“for his expertise and pioneering work in promoting a safe, secure and sustainable global food supply”.

Dr. Hans R. Herren was the the key note speaker at a half day seminar at SLU Alnarp the 4th of December.

The seminar was a joint arrangement by SLU Global, Partnerskap Alnarp and LUCSUS.

The seminar was recorded, see the film »
Programme (pdf) »
More information about Hans R. Herren, the Right Livelihood Award Laureate 2013 »

Nourishing the World in a Sustainable Way

A Conversation on Agroecology and Theology with the Right Livelihood Award Laureate Dr. Hans R. Herren and Bishop Antje Jackelén

December 3, 18:30
Cathedral Forum, (Domkyrkoforum) Lund

Welcome to a conversation with Bishop Antje Jackelén and the Right Livelihood Award Laureate, the Swiss agronomist and entomologist Hans Rudolf Herren.
The Right Livelihood Award honours and supports those offering practical and exemplary answers to the most urgent challenges facing us today. In many countries, the Award is often referred to as the ’Alternative Nobel Prize’.
The conversation will be in English. All are invited to this evening.

Invitation (pdf) »

Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies (LUCSUS – a Right Livelihood College Campus), The Association of Foreign Affairs and the Church of Sweden in Lund

Right Livelihood Award Foundation and LUCSUS organised seminars in Oslo and Stockholm on the topic of “Global Food Security: A rights-based approach to agricultural technologies”

Half a century after the Green Revolution, the conflict between different visions and techniques of agriculture, and between social movements and transnational corporations, continue to escalate in both developed and developing countries. Seeds and agrochemical inputs have become a source of much controversy as well as the social organisation of agriculture and food markets.

Parliamentarians, journalists, diplomats, academics and representatives from civil society groups in Sweden and Norway will discuss the topic with RLA Laureates who work with these issues on a daily basis, as well as with researchers from Lund University. There will also be an event open to the general public. Wes Jackson (RLA 2000), Percy & Louise Schmeiser (RLA 2007), Shrikrishna Upadhyay (RLA 2010) will participate in the seminars in Stockholm and Oslo and share their experiences.

An interdisciplinary, scientific report on “Rethinking Agriculture: In Search of a Rural Modernity” from the Right Livelihood College campus at the Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies (LUCSUS) was launched at the seminars and is available for download: Swedish version (pdf) and English version (pdf).

Apart from the two closed seminars in the Swedish Parliament (12 June, 2013) and in Oslo (11 June, 2013), there was a public event organized by a group of Swedish civil society organizations in Stockholm.

More info at http://www.rightlivelihood.org/nlspecial_june14.html

The 2012 Right Livelihood Award Laureate

rlcposterCampaign Against Arms Trade, CAAT
“Challenging the Global Arms Trade”

Henry McLaughlin representing one of the 2012 Right Livelihood Award Laureates, Campaign Against Arms Trade, CAAT, came to Lund December 4. He gave a presentation Challenging the Global Arms Trade and participate in a panel discussion.

Discussion Panel: Annika Bergman-Rosamund and Magdalena Bexell, Peace and Conflict Research, Dept. Of Political Science

When: December 4, 2012;
18:00 – 20:00

Where: Edens Hörsal, Paradisgatan 5, Lund

Poster (pdf)

Right Livelihood Award Foundation and LUCSUS organised a Lunch seminar at the Swedish Parliament:
Landgrabbing – What is it, why is it happening, and what are the effects?

landgrabbing5Right Livelihood Award Foundation and LUCSUS organised a lunch seminar the 14th of June 2012, at the Swedish Parliament on the topic of landgrabbing.
Parliamentarians, journalists, and some individuals and institutions were invited to the seminar. The same evening, there was also an open seminar arranged by some Swedish NGOs engaged in the issue.

During the last few years, it has become increasingly common that richer states and private interests buy or lease large tracts of land in poorer countries – often as a pure investment. This trend, which has been termed landgrabbing, has immense effects for local people. Recently, we’ve heard of various cases where also Swedish companies and pension funds are involved. This seminar will describe the trend and present an overall picture of where this is happening, to what extent, and why. The idea is also to give seminar participants plenty of time to pose questions to the panel consisting of Right Livelihood Award Laureates who work with this issue on a daily bases, as well as researchers from Lund University.

A new policy brief on landgrabbing from LUCSUS was presented at the seminar,
Internationell handel med jordbruksmark – Ett modernt baggböleri (pdf in Swedish) »

For more information, e.g. video and media coverage,
please see Right Livelihood Award Foundation’s website »

The Right Livelihood Award Laureates 2011

The Jury awards GRAIN (International) “for their worldwide work to protect the livelihoods and rights of farming communities and to expose the massive purchases of farmland in developing countries by foreign financial interests”.

Grain in Lund December 7, 2011, More info »

Huang Ming (China) receives the 2011 Honorary Award “for his outstanding success in the development and mass-deployment of cutting-edge technologies for harnessing solar energy, thereby showing how dynamic emerging economies can contribute to resolving the global crisis of anthropogenic climate change“.


The Jury awards Jacqueline Moudeina (Chad) “for her tireless efforts at great personal risk to win justice for the victims of the former dictatorship in Chad and to increase awareness and observance of human rights in Africa”.

The Jury recognises Ina May Gaskin (USA) “for her whole-life’s work teaching and advocating safe, woman-centred childbirth methods that best promote the physical and mental health of mother and child“.

For more information please visit the website
Right Livelihood Award Foundation »

Travel support 2011 for thesis students


Investigating the impacts of large-scale food retailers on smallholder producers in India

Marzena Puzniak and Paul Cegys

In connection to Vandana Shiva, laureate in 1993 and her organization Navdanya.
Read more about Vandana Shiva »

Large-scale retailers, who emerged recently in the food sector in India, are re-organizing procurement networks and substantially altering market conditions for smallholder producers. Several dynamics are particularly interesting in secondary sources and existing literature: the restrictions on FDI and large-scale retail developments in the food sector in India; the direct contracting of smallholder producers recently by large corporate retailers; the ongoing development of national and company safety and quality produce standards which are used to consolidate procurement chains; evidence of exclusion of smallholder producers in other contexts where large-scale retail systems emerged; and the strategy of enhancing smallholder producers’ capacity through cooperative arrangements.

Large-scale retail dynamics in the Indian context in general, and specifically their impact on smallholder producers, have been identified as a concerning research gap. In answer to this gap, our research question asks how local smallholder producers are affected by the emergence of a large-scale food retailer? Our research goal is to investigate, through a sustainable livelihood framework and qualitative methods, the impacts on capabilities and livelihoods of a target group of smallholder producers and/or how they are mitigated by cooperative arrangements. Our research motivation is to contribute to understanding how smallholder producers’ capabilities (through access, assets and opportunities) can be enhanced in their relations with large-scale retail systems.

Field report Janaury 2011
For a month we have been establishing our research in Delhi, India, with the help of the Right Livelihood College research grant from LUCSUS. We are seeking to investigate the impact that large scale retail in fresh produce, emerging rapidly and contentiously in India at present, may have on small agricultural producers. Since India’s agricultural production and the livelihood of the majority of its rural population depend on small scale production, and since a majority of production is performed by women, the question of market and asset access is a social question. The intention of the RLC grant is to support research connections with former Right Livelihood Award Laureates. We have established a connection with two Right Livelihood Laureates whose work, very relevant to our research interest, has also helped steer our question towards a pertinent governance and policy question. In Delhi, we have been meeting with Dr. Vandana Shiva and her organization Navdanya. Dr. Vandana Shiva has invited and encouraged us to spend a longer period of time in Dehradun to study the work that Navdanya pioneers with local farmers – and the model of organic production and retail which they advocate. First established in Ahmedabad by Ela Bhatt, SEWA (standing for the Self Employed Women’s Association) has been working for close to four decades to enhance woman’s capacity to access financial assistance, training, market outlets, land resources and self organization. We have been in correspondence with Ela Bhatt and have visited SEWA’s centre in Ahmedabad. Since its formation SEWA has branched out into independent sibling organizations located diversely throughout the country. Both sources have inspired us to pursue and question the role of cooperative arrangements, and the more recent phenomenon of producer companies, as a means of mitigating the impacts of large scale retail on small-scale producers and as a means of enabling access to new supply chains on more equal terms.

Anja Humburg

Social Movement Strategies for a Paradigmshift towards a Post-Growth Economy.
An Evaluation.

In connection to Herman Daly, laureate in 1996
Read more about Herman Daly »

The thesis is going to use Kolb’s Partial Theory of Social Movements (2007, 19) to explore the strategies and outcomes of the German social movement on post-growth. The thesis’s relevance is caused by two assumptions: First, the environmental movement in Germany suers from a decit of economic theory in order to become a sustainability movement. Its institutions lack knowledge in neoliberal economics as well as knowledge about alternative economies despite plenty of approaches are available, such as Solidarity Economics (Embsho and Giegold 2008) and Ecological Economics. Second, there is a decit in theorizing strategies of social movements in order to comprehend their political outcomes. Focusing on a social movement’s strategies allow to strengthen their capacity for transformational change in terms of contributing to a post-growth society. The environmental movement is seen as major part of the post-growth movement landscape in Germany. Evaluating strategies acknowledges that there are many more strategies than the disruptive one, which is widely applied in the anti-globalization movement and hardly comes up with constructive approaches, but a general critique of capitalism. The idea of a post-growth economy is considered to be able to ll the gap of economic knowledge in the movement while making use of constructive strategies.

Based upon these two assumptions, the thesis’s major research question is: What is the German environmental movement’s role and potential to contibute to a paradigmshift towards a post-growth economy? The question will be supplemented by three minor research questions:

  • Which strategies do the German and international post-growth movement apply?
  • What are their political outcomes?
  • What are the most challenging constraints for the environmental movement in order to contribute to a post-growth development?


LUCSUS, the Right Livelihood College, European Campus proudly presents

Two of the 2009 Right Livelihood Award Laureates

René Ngongo, Democratic Republic of Congo
David Suzuki, Canada

Wake-up Calls to secure our Common Future

December 6, 2009

See the web cast from the event »

Programme as a pdf file »

Poster as a pdf file »

  • Welcome
    Vasna Ramasar, Phd Student at LUCSUS
  • Presentation of Right Livelihood College, European Campus
    Lennart Olsson, Director of LUCSUS
  • The 2009 Right Livelihood Laureate
    René Ngongo, Democratic Republic of Congo
    DRC’s forests, a valuable heritage that needs to be preserved for global climate and future generations”
    “…for his courage in confronting the forces that are destroying the Congo’s
    rainforests and building political support for their conservation and sustainable use.”
  • The 2009 Right Livelihood Laureate
    David Suzuki, Canada
    The Party’s Over: Confronting The Ecological Crisis
    “for his lifetime advocacy of the socially responsible use of science, and for his massive contribution to raising awareness about the perils of climate change and building public support for policies to address it”.
  • Discussion
    Climate Change and the Poor
    Moderator: Vasna Ramasar
    Discussants: René Ngongo
    David Suzuki
    Anwar Fazal,
    RLC Malaysia
    Annica Kronsell, Department of Political Science
    Lennart Olsson,
    and the Audience

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