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Centre for Environment and Sustainability (GMV), Chalmers University of Technology and University of Gothenburg 2015

Postal address: Göteborgs miljövetenskapliga centrum (GMV), SE-412 96 Göteborg, Sweden
Visiting address: Aschebergsgatan 44
Web page: http://www.chalmers.se/gmv/EN/

Contact person: Dr. Maria Svane, Project leader GMV, phone: +46 (0)31 772 4973

GMV is a multidisciplinary network organisation at Chalmers University of Technology and University of Gothenburg, set up in 2001. It sprung out of the old environmental, co-operation organisation ”the School of Environmental Science” started in the early nineties. GMV promotes research and education for sustainable development through research projects and multidisciplinary initiatives. Co-operation with the business community in western Sweden as well as the provision of information and education to the general public are also part of GMV’s brief. Both research and training are firmly founded in existing scientific disciplines, involving all faculties and departments at both universities.
GMV has succeeded in establishing a platform for interdisciplinary research projects and researchers at Chalmers University of Technology and University of Gothenburg. The GMV research network is comprising about 500 members from all faculties at both universities and about 500 representatives from industry, local authorities and other environmental organisations.

Projects run by GMV include Focali – the Forest, Climate & Livelihood Research Network; Gothenburg Centre for Marine Research; the Graduate School Environment and Health; and Sida’s Helpdesk for Environment and Climate Change. More information on projects run by GMV.

The Centre for Environment and Sustainability (GMV) in Göteborg is also the lead organisation behind EPSD – the European Panel on Sustainable Development (EPSD). This is a network of universities and other research organisations also including Lund University and individual researchers at the Charles University in Prague and the London School of Economics. The purpose behind EPSD is to serve as an independent academic body for critical reviews and actions on EU policies but also as a pool of knowledge which can be used in the EU work for sustainable development. More information.

South Asia collaboration

From 2011, GMV is involved in a formal collaboration signed by and MoU with the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi. The overall theme for this collaboration is Transportation, and the aim is to make use of the complementary competences at the universities in Gothenburg and IIT Delhi, and create joint projects in both research and education. The MoU is a frame agreement to enhance direct contacts between individual researchers and research groups at both sides. GMV acts as a facilitator. Dr. Maria Svane is the contact person on the Swedish side, and Professor Geetam Tiwari at the Dept. of Civil Engineering, IIT Delhi, is the Delhi contact person.

Dr. Svane is also coordinating the GMV initiated Gothenburg Centre for Marine Research, established in 2011. This Centre has established a Graduate School in Marine Environmental Research (more information), and granted funds in 2012 for providing two PhD projects within an India related project on ”The Effects of Climate Induced Changes in the Arabian Sea on Marine and Coastal Socio-Eological Systems in India”, jointly run by researchers at the University of Gothenburg divisions of Human Ecology and Marine Ecology.
PhD candidate Gurpreet Kahlon is supervised by Dr. Anna Godhe, Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, and deal with climate changes in the pelagial (bacteria and algae) in the Arabian Sea.
PhD candidate Alin Kadfak is supervised by Dr. Per KnutssonSchool of Global Studies, and focus on societal changes taking place along the Indian west coast due to effects of the blooming of toxic algae and bacteria in the sea.