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On 19 December, Andy Lautrup from the Department of Business IT will defend their PhD thesis entitled:

"Generation Carbon: Loss, goodness and youth climate activism in Norway's oil capital"

Examination committee:
Associate Professor James Maguire, IT University of Copenhagen (Chair)
Associate Professor Gökçe Günel, Rice University
Professor Simone Abram, Durham University

Professor Steffen Dalsgaard, IT University of Copenhagen

Associate Professor Rachel Douglas-Jones, IT University of Copenhagen

The defense will take place at 1 pm at the IT University of Copenhagen in Auditorium 0, followed by a reception on the first floor of the atrium by the main entrance.  

The dissertation is available here.

The dissertation explores generational dynamics of youth climate activism in Norway’s oil capital, Stavanger, and the local and situated dilemmas of phasing out fossil fuels in the context of a welfare society that understands itself as enabled by technologies of oil and gas production. Because carbon emissions from oil and gas and their impact on the global climate are one of the most important defining challenges of this generation of young people – in Lautrup's own opinion and in that of the young Norwegians they met – Lautrup names them ‘Generation Carbon’. In the dissertation, Lautrup focuses on climate activism as one response to the predicament of Stavanger’s Generation Carbon.

Drawing on nine months of in-person and online ethnographic fieldwork, Lautrup demonstrates that climate change in Stavanger is causing experiences of loss, demands for technoscientific facticity, as well as shifts and changes in what is regarded as ‘doing good’. Out of the combination of experiences of loss and attempts to realign with a tradition of Norwegian goodness – encompassing the universalist welfare state, environmentalism and peacebuilding – grows an activism with a particular window of opportunity to act on the experiences of loss through activism. 

The central argument Lautrup puts forward in the dissertation is that the oil-saturated social environment of Stavanger produces an activism that works from the theory of change that the future can be refigured through caring for social relations in the present despite radical disagreement. Refiguration is a pivotal way of bringing an undesired future of climate catastrophe back into a shape where it is no longer in jeopardy. This relationship between activism and the future grows out of an implicated and caring activism that acknowledges and works from the premise that it is relationally intertwined with and presently benefits from that which it aims to change.

Green tree with the words Center for Climate IT and the words Past Event

This December, we are launching the

Center for Climate IT

at the IT University of Copenhagen!



Wednesday 7 December 2022

14.00 to 16.15 – followed by a reception



IT University of Copenhagen

Rued Langgaards Vej 7

DK-2300 Copenhagen S

Room: Auditorium 1



14.00 Arrival

14.15 Welcome: The vision of the Center for Climate IT by Head of Center Professor Steffen Dalsgaard and Associate Professor James Maguire

14.30 Climate Sustainability in Research and Education at the IT University by Vice-Chancellor Per Bruun Brockhoff

14.45 Climate IT research presentations

“Design as a Matter of Care” by Associate Professor Anna Vallgårda from Digital Design

“Sustainable Mobility and Data-Driven Planning” by PhD Fellow Ane Rahbek Vierø and Associate Professor Michael Szell from Computer Science

Eco-tech Climate Imaginaries: The Story of DNA Storage” by Associate Professor James Maguire from Business IT

15.15 Break

15.30 Panel discussion on climate and IT featuring Professor Kristian Cedervall Lauta (UCPH), CEO Carolina Benjaminsen (DigitalLead), CEO Olivier Corradi (Electricity Maps), and Director of Science Thomas Bjørnholm (Villum Fonden).

16.15 Reception



Attendance is free. Please register no later than 30 November here:

NB: There are a limited number of seats.


We look forward to welcoming you and your colleagues to a festive afternoon for everyone with an interest in climate, IT, or both!