Mistra Geopolitics has been selected to this year’s prestigious 100 list, published by the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences. The 100 list highlights a diversity of research projects in the field of sustainability from Swedish universities.
Björn-Ola Linnér, Programme Director of Mistra Geopolitics and Professor at Linköping University said:
It is with great pleasure and proudness we receive this acknowledgment. Mistra Geopolitics is the largest non-defence funded research programme that creates tools for strong geopolitical foresight for sustainability, in a world characterized by great uncertainty and rapid change.
New demands on society due to COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic has placed new demands on society regarding reconstruction and wise, long-term decisions. Mistra Geopolitics’ analysis of the interplay between geopolitical development and strategic environmental policy decisions are unique.
The aim moving forward is to understand how transformative processes are remaking the scene for global politics and governance, and thereby advancing the implementation of the 2030 Agenda.
The theme for IVA’s 100 list 2021 is: “From knowledge to sustainable crisis preparedness”. It includes technical and economic sciences with a focus on sustainable preparedness for future crises and awards research with the potential to create benefits for business and society, for example through industrial commercialization, method development or societal impact.
Swedish and international companies, authorities and civil society actors can now contribute with innovative power to achieving the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda’s Sustainable Development Goals.
Henrik Carlsen, Deputy Programme Director of Mistra Geopolitics and Senior Research Fellow at Stockholm Environment Institute said:
We welcome more actors to participate in creating forecasting tools that identify risks and opportunities for achieving the sustainability development goals in a geopolitically changing world. Foresight, innovation and coherent decision-making are crucial for success.
Research with the potential to change the world
By building bridges between the research world and the business community, IVA gives research with the potential to change the world a greater opportunity to be turned into actual benefits, and thereby contribute to increasing society’s resilience.
The Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA) held a webinar on the topic on 11 May.
Björn-Ola Linnér: Programme Director of Mistra Geopolitics and Professor at the Centre for Climate Science and Policy Research at Linköping University. He analyses how the political processes and actors affect conditions for social changes towards sustainable development in different parts of the world. He has a long experience in research dialogues with various societal actors, such as the climate convention’s secretariat, governments, businesses and environmental organizations.
Henrik Carlsen is a senior research fellow at the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI). He is an expert on decision making under uncertainty, with an emphasis on climate change adaptation. His research interests are based on the intersection between science and policy on long-term challenges to society. Henrik is a researcher in Work Package 4; The inter-relationships between shifting geopolitical landscapes and the SDGs.
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