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?


How could Russia’s geopolitical calculus be affected by an accelerating shift toward renewables and thereby continued low oil and gas prices?

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 Mistra Geopolitics 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


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


Karl Hallding

Karl Hallding is the Co-Director and Senior Research Fellow at Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) located in Stockholm.

+46 (0)70 840 92 18


Åsa Persson

Åsa Persson is a senior research fellow at Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI),
located in Stockholm.

+46 (0)73 707 8561


Bernardas Padegimas

Programme Manager
Bernardas Padegimas is a Project Manager at Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), based in Stockholm.

+46 73 460 7693


Kevin Adams

Assistant Programme Manager
Kevin Adams is a Research Associate at the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI),


Eva Krutmeijer

Communications Lead
Eva Krutmeijer is Senior Communication Advisor and Science Communicator, Founder of EKKO AB, Stockholm.

+46 (0)70 984 66 38


Brenda Ochola

Communication Officer
Brenda Ochola is Communication Officer at Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) located in Stockholm.

+46 (0)73 707 86 13


Meet the Board of Mistra Geopolitics


Lena Ek

Chair of the Board
Lena Ek is the chair of Södra, Sweden’s largest forest-owner association. She also served as Minister for the Environment from 2011 to 2014. Lena Ek is currently Chair of the Board of Mistra Geopolitics.

Robert Egnell

Board Member
Robert Egnell is Professor of Military Sociology and Head of the Department for security, strategy and leadership at the Swedish Defense University.

Hala Mohammed

Board Member
Hala Mohammed is Vice Chair of the Swedish Red Cross.

Caroline Ankarcrona

Board Member
Caroline Ankarcrona is the Project Manager at The Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA).

Annika Markovic

Board Member
Annika Markovic is the Permanent Representative of Sweden to the OECD and UNESCO.

Inger Buxton

Board Member
Inger Buxton is a Diplomat at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Sweden.


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.


Mistra Geopolitics consists of fifteen Swedish stakeholder partners.