Why is Mistra Geopolitics needed?

We live in a complex world. The research programme Mistra Geopolitics is dealing with important and complex questions in the intersection of sustainability and security. A few examples:

  • Could radical emission reductions under the Paris Agreement’s 1.5 degrees aspiration affect the short and medium term prospects for human security and development?
  • How could Russia’s geopolitical calculus be affected by an accelerating shift toward renewables and thereby continued low oil and gas prices?
  • Will shifting demographic structures in the Middle East and North Africa region and mounting environmental pressures increase social instability and transnational migration into Europe?

 

These and similar questions show that developments can seem positive at first glance, but lead to concerns when more perspectives are added. Environmental change and lack of natural resources are interacting with new social, political and economic patterns. They signal growing uncertainties about future developments and reflect the possibility of broader geopolitical shifts that, in turn, could have far-reaching implications for the prospects of global governance toward sustainable development. These dynamic linkages between challenges and opportunities are the basis for the work within Mistra Geopolitics.

How can the programme contribute?

The overall goal of Mistra Geopolitics is to critically explore the interaction between geopolitics, security and global climate and environmental change. In a world characterized by growing uncertainties, the program will be able to contribute with new knowledge while demonstrating opportunities created by innovation and technological development in a number of areas.

 

The broad nature of the challenge requires an inter-disciplinary approach. The program brings together diverse disciplines and research approaches spanning peace and conflict; human security; global environmental governance; global environmental change; and the effectiveness of domestic, regional, and global policy-making. The research is organized in five different work packages.

Programme Management Team

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Björn-Ola Linnér

Programme Director

Björn-Ola Linnér

Programme Director

Björn-Ola Linnér is Professor of Environmental Change at the Centre for Climate Science and Policy Research, Linköping University.

+46 (0)11 36 32 33

bjorn-ola.linner@liu.se

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Tim Suljada

Programme Manager

Tim Suljada

Programme Manager

Tim Suljada is Policy Analyst and Project Manager at Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), Stockholm.

+46 (0)72 237 44 21

tim.suljada@sei-international.org

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Eva Lövbrand

Co-Director

Eva Lövbrand

Co-Director

Eva Lövbrand is PhD and Associate Professor of Environmental Change at the Centre for Climate Science & Policy Research, at LiU.

+46 (0)11 36 33 93

eva.lovbrand@liu.se

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Karl Hallding

Co-Director

Karl Hallding 

Co-Director

Karl Hallding is Senior Research Fellow at Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), Stockholm.

+46 (0)70 840 92 18

karl.hallding@sei-international.org

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Eva Krutmeijer

Communications Lead

Eva Krutmeijer

Communications Lead

Eva Krutmeier is Senior Communication Advisor and Science Communicator, Founder of EKKO AB, Stockholm.

+46 (0)70 984 66 38

eva@krutmeijer.se

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Zeynep Baser

Financial Controller

Zeynep Baser

Financial Controller

Zeynep Baser is Project Controller at Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI). located in Stockholm.

+46 (0)73 460 48 34

zeynep.baser@sei-international.org

The board

  • Anders Kompass (Chair), Ministry for Foreign Affairs
  • Annika Markovic, Permanent Representative of Sweden to the OECD and UNESCO
  • Caroline Ankarcrona, Project Manager, The Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA)
  • Hala Mohammed, Vice Chair, Swedish Red Cross
  • Lena Ek, Chair, Södra
  • Robert Egnell, Head of the Department of Security, Strategy and Leadership, Swedish Defence University

PARTNERS

Mistra Geopolitics brings together a strong interdisciplinary research team consisting of six Swedish core consortium partners:

Two high-profile international research institutes are involved as further research and networking partners:

Stakeholder partners

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