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).
Examining how the political drivers, risks and security implications of global environmental change are construed in academic and policy discourse, and what the implications are for our understandings of security and geopolitics.
Contact: Malin Mobjörk
Charting the transnational flows of trade, people and resources affected by global environmental change.
Contact: Åsa Persson
Comparing the institutional arrangements, strategies and policies developed by multiple political actors in response to the transnational flows of trade, people and resources affected by global environmental
Contact: Lisa Dellmuth
Analysing the implications for human security and sustainable development; and exploring stakeholders’ perspectives on challenges and opportunities for contributing to sustainability transformations in new geopolitical landscapes.
Contact: Bengt Johansson
Exploring what this changing context means for Swedish actors and developing possible strategies to respond to these changes.
Contact: Victoria Wibeck
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
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.
Leader: Åsa Persson
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.
Leader: Lisa Dellmuth
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
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.
Leader: Victoria Wibeck, Linköping University