Mistra Geopolitics

In 2022, Mistra Geopolitics researchers became key contributors to climate and security discussions, with their expertise featured in
40 scientific publications and over 550 news media articles, including The Economist, Fiji Sun and SVT Agenda.

A notable achievement from last year’s outreach activities was the high-level policy engagement during
Stockholm+50 and the international climate change negotiations.

Discover insights from the Mistra Geopolitics annual report 2022, featuring an introduction by
Lena Ek, Chair of the Board, and a foreword by Björn-Ola Linnér, Programme Director.

Lena Ek
Chair of the Board, Mistra Geopolitics
The Mistra Geopolitics research programme works with foresight to help decision-makers at all levels find the right knowledge on how to handle a crisis, providing examples and exploring possibilities to help them understand what might happen in the future. Our experts and researchers on climate issues, security policies, crisis management, food and raw mate­rials combine knowledge and experience to produce research results and recommendations on policies. When the programme was set up, no one could have anticipated the present combination of a global pandemic that is still affecting billions of people, a financial system response that is causing widespread inflation, increasing climate effects, a European energy crisis, a global food crisis and the aggressive Russian war on Ukraine. The cross-border working methods of Mistra Geopolitics have an even more important role to play in today’s world. The Board of Mistra Geopolitics hereby proudly presents the 2022 annual report.

Mistra Geopolitics annual report 2022

Björn-Ola Linnér
Programme Director, Mistra Geopolitics
Since Mistra Geopolitics was established, we have seen a steadily intensifying interest in the link­ages between geopolitics, and global climate and environmental change. In the past year, however, this interest has become almost overwhelming. As the reporting from our work packages bears witness, the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine has had profound geopolitical repercus­sions for energy security, decarbonization, food security and the international multilateral system. The Russian war in Ukraine has also shone a harsh spotlight on toll that ecocide is taking on human security. A year of en­vironmental devastation has caused long-lasting threats to both people and nature extending far beyond the war-torn ar­eas. The geopolitical outcomes of wars involving large countries have historically transformed the international order, changing how states interact to ensure stability and peace.


Remarkable from last year’s outreach activities was the significant policy engagement at Stockholm+50 and COP27,
featuring a workshop on loss and damage held in Fiji and the launch of two crucial climate reports.

Creation of three captivating films that highlight Mistra Geopolitics’ research themes:
decarbonization, food security, and foresights and emerging technologies.

Björn-Ola Linnér, Programme Director of Mistra Geopolitics, and Malaika Mikaelsson took part in a workshop on loss and damage held in Fiji in October 2022.

A new study finds that countries are not prepared for climate tipping points, but policymakers still have time to act.

Interviews with PhD students in the programme’s research school, which trains scholars in geopolitics and sustainable development analysis.


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