Mistra Geopolitics is an interdisciplinary research programme, which means that researchers from different fields of expertise come together and combine their intellectual skills. This is an effective – and sometimes challenging – approach, but necessary when it comes to understanding the complex world we live in. The programme comprises five interrelated work packages (WPs).
Discover the five work packages within our program.
Geopolitics and security in the Anthropocene
How is the understanding of security shifting in the Anthropocene?
The first work package sets the frame for an inquiry into the relationships between geopolitics and sustainable development. It investigates how political drivers, risks and security threats of global environmental change are construed today, and what the implications are for our understanding of security and geopolitics. This work package also involves future prospects, which will be explored through stakeholder dialogues.
Leader: Malin Mobjörk, SIPRI
Impact pathways in a changing environmental and geopolitical context
What are the main indirect climate effects for Sweden?
Work package 2 will analyse what kind of transnational impacts a small export dependent country like Sweden is likely to face, and how this translates into risks and opportunities. The research will focus on broadening the framework beyond climate impacts and deepening the knowledge about three of these pathways; trade of goods and services, migration (a sub-set of people) as well as armed conflicts.
Governance responses to environmental related security risks
How do we go from climate change to political change?
This work package will examine how, why and with what consequences global governance systems are able to respond to processes of geopolitics and environmental degradation, and the conditions under which these responses are legitimate and effective. Until now, we know relatively little about how political institutions relate to policy changes that concern sustainable development, security and welfare.
The interrelationships between shifting geopolitical landscapes and the SDGs
What are the consequences for achieving the goals of the 2030 Agenda due to different geopolitical strategies?
Work package 4 will focus on how resources dynamics and geopolitical interests affects strategies for sustainable development and how these strategies in turn may impact the geopolitical arena. By analyzing relationships between the various goals in the 2030 Agenda, we will deepen our understanding of synergies and conflicts of purposes.
Leader: Bengt Johansson, Lund University
Foresight – Sweden in a changing geopolitical landscape
What are the opportunities and risks facing Swedish actors?
The last work package will bring together research from the other work packages in an iterative co-creation process involving project stakeholders. WP5 will take the insights from the other work packages to seek answers to the key questions of the programme. It will also provide opportunities to discuss innovation and business development as ways to strengthen Sweden’s competitiveness. The co-creation process will include developing “explorative” scenarios of possible alternative futures, which will serve as the basis for analysing options and identifying strategies. It will also employ cyclical horizon scanning for threats and opportunities, and geographical case studies.