Navigating towards a secure and sustainable future
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The programme’s current researchers are listed below.
Henrik Carlsen is a senior research fellow at the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) and Deputy Programme Director of Mistra Geopolitics. 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.
Niklas Bremberg is an Associate Senior Lecturer at Stockholm University. Niklas is leading the Research School of Mistra Geopolitics. His research includes international relations, European integration, security communities and communities of practice, EU foreign and security policy, international cooperation on climate-related security risks, Euro-Mediterranean relations, and Spanish politics.
Bengt Johansson is a senior lecturer at Environmental and Enregy Systems studies at Lund University. His research deals with the transformation of the energy system, with a specific analysis on how energy and climate policies affect this transformation. Bengt is leading Work Package 4; The inter-relationships between shifting geopolitical landscapes and the SDGs.
Tina Schmid Neset is an associate professor at Linköping University. Her research focus lies on the visualization of Climate Change and Resource Flows as well as on resource management and vulnerability assessments related to agriculture and food security. Tina leads the research in Work Package 5; Foresight- Sweden in a changing, geopolitical landscape.
Victoria Wibeck is a professor at Linköping University. The overarching aim of her research is to analyze challenges and opportunities involved, as science-based knowledge on environment, climate and new and emerging technologies move from the scientific arena to recontextualization, such as in political decisions, implementation of environmental objectives at different societal levels, media, and citizens’ everyday decisions. Victoria is leading Work Package 5; Foresight – Sweden in a changing, geopolitical landscape.
Nina von Uexkull is Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor at the Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University. Nina is leading the Mistra Geopolitics research theme Food Security in the second programme phase. Her main research areas are the impacts of climate change and natural hazards on armed conflict and human security.
Lisa Dellmuth is a Professor of International Relations at Stockholm University. Lisa is leading the Research School of Mistra Geopolitics. Her research focuses on legitimacy and redistribution in global governance, and global climate change solutions. She leads the 5-year research program GlocalClim (Glocalizing Climate Governance: The role of Integrated Governance for a Just and Legitimate Adaptation to Climate Risks) funded by the Swedish Research Council for Sustainable Development (Formas).
Håvard Hegre is a Professor at the department of Peace and Conflict Research at Uppsala University. His research areas focus on development, democratization, peace, armed conflict, climate change and measurement of democracy. Håvard is performing research within Mistra Geopolitics’ Foresight and Emerging Technologies research theme.
Andreas Duit is a Professor at the Department of Political Science at Stockholm Univeristy. He works in the field of comparative environmental politics, with a special focus on governamce and complexity, institutional theory, and the role of the state in addressing environmental problems. Andreas is a researcher in Work Package 3; Governance reposonses to environmental related security risks.
Magnus Benzie, Research Fellow at Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), is focusing on climate change adaptation. His research includes 15 years of professional experience in climate change research with a focus on climate impacts, vulnerability, risk and adapatation. Magnus is active in decarbonization, and previously within the work package ‘Impact pathways in a changing environmental and geopolitical context’.
Karin Bäckstrand is a professor at the Department of Political Science at Stockholm University. Her research revolves around global environmental politics, the role of science in environmental decision-making, the politics of climate change and the democratic legitimacy of global governance. Karin is a member of the Swedish Government’s Climate Policy Council (Klimatpolitiska rådet) and a Mistra Geopolitics researcher in Work Package 3; Governance responses to environmental related security risks.
Maria-Therese Gustafsson is Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Department of Political Science, Stockholm University. Prominent themes in her research are natural resource governance, political participation, and climate security. She has published a research monography Private Politics and Peasant Mobilization: Mining in Peru (Palgrave MacMillan), articles in Third World Quarterly, WIRE Climate Change, the Latin American Research Review and Canadian Journal of Development Studies, and has edited two anthologies. She is a researcher in Work Package 3 and heads the Research School in the Mistra Geopolitics programme.
Björn-Ola Linnér is the 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.
André Månberger is an associate senior lecturer at Lund University. He lectures in various courses at the department of environmental and energy systems studies. The overarching theme of his research is the interaction between security and sustainable development. André is a researcher in Work Package 4; The inter-relationships between shifting geopolitical landscapes and the SDGs.
Sara Talebian is a research fellow at Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), focusing on foresight methodologies. Her research includes academic and professional experience in futures studies with a focus on explorative and qualitative scenario techniques and futures visioning. Sara is leading Work Package 6; Engagement, Synthesis and Rapid Response
Taylor Dimsdale is a Program Director at E3G in the area of Risk & Resilience. He works on several programmes including climate risk and security, the geopolitics of decarbonization, sustainable finance, and climate diplomacy. In Mistra Geopolitics, he works on the geopolitics of decarbonization.
Daria Ivleva is a Senior Advisor in the field of climate diplomacy at Adelphi. In Mistra Geopolitics, she works on the geopolitics of decarbonization.
Telephone:+49 (30) 8900068-76
Timothy Suljada is Acting Head of the Climate, Energy and Society Unit at Stockholm Environment Institute. He is a policy analyst and project manager, specializing in the fields of energy, climate change and development. Tim is engaged in the Mistra Geopolitics research theme the geopolitics of decarbonization and led this theme 2017-2020.
Dennis Tänzler is Director of International Climate Policy at adelphi. His research focuses on climate and energy policies as well as on peace and conflict studies. In Mistra Geopolitics, he works on geopolitics of decarbonization.
Telephone:+49 (30) 8900068-20
Claudia Strambo is a Research Fellow at Stockholm Environment Institute. Her research interests include energy transition and sustainable development policy in emerging economies, international environmental regimes, and theory of international environmental politics. In Mistra Geopolitics, she works on geopolitics of decarbonization.
Kevin M. Adams is an international climate policy expert at the London School of Economics and Political Science and a PhD student at the Grantham Research Institute. Kevin’s research focus primarily on global climate politics, particularly climate finance. Kevin worked as a Research Associate at the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) 2017–2021 and contributed to Mistra Geopolitics using foresight methods to explore Sweden’s role in a changing geopolitical landscape.
Åsa Persson is Research Director and Deputy Director at Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI). Her expertise includes environmental governance and policies, Climate change adaptation and the SDGs.
Eva Lövbrand is a senior lecturer at Linköping University. Her research focuses on the knowledge politics of the environment. She explores how ideas, knowledge claims and expert practices are enacted, legitimated and used in global environmental politics and governance. Eva contributed with her research in the Mistra Geopolitics programme phase I, Geopolitics and Security in the Anthropocene.
Dr Malin Mobjörk was a Senior Researcher and Director of SIPRI’s Climate Change and Risk Programme from 2016 to 2021. Malin’s expertise focuses on the intersection of climate change, security and development and how policy organizations are responding to climate-related security risks. Currently, Malin Mobjörk work at Formas.
Frida Lager is a Research Associate at SEI Headquarters. Within Mistra Geopolitics, Frida is engaged in research on transboundary climate risk for Sweden via trade. Within SEI’s climate, energy and society unit she focuses on transboundary effects of climate change and climate change adaptation.
Karina Barquet is a Senior Research Fellow at Stockholm Environment Institute. Karina is part of the Sustainable Oceans theme within Mistra Geopolitics, where she’s leading the geopolitics of the blue economy project. Her research at SEI focuses on the political dimensions of coastal governance, including disaster risk reduction, water security, and critical infrastructures in coastal planning.
Elin is on parental leave until 1 October 2022. Elin works as a Research Fellow at Stockholm Environment Institute with projects related to climate adaptation and sustainable development and as a Project Manager for the Mistra Geopolitics Programme.
Karen Meijer is a Senior Researcher in SIPRI’s climate change and risk programme. Her research focus on the role and effectiveness of national and international actors when addressing climate-related security risks. She leads the Mistra Geopolitics Work Package 2 on Sustainable Oceans, and contributes to Project 4.4: How can humanitarian aid be improved in a changing climate?
Emilie Broek is a Research Assistant with SIPRI’s Climate Change and Risk Programme. Her research focuses on international organizations and their responses to climate-related security risks. She is a part of Work Package 2 on Sustainable Oceans, working specifically on Project 2.3: Geopolitical Impacts on State and Stakeholder Views on Arctic Governance.
Patricio Calles is a Research Assistant at the Stockholm Environment Institute – Latin America. He supports research programmes on fossil fuel transitions and carbon lock-in. He is particularly interested in regional integration approaches to natural resources management. In Mistra Geopolitics, he works on the geopolitics of decarbonization.
Franco Vaccarino is a transnational Italian who grew up in South Africa and is now living in Aotearoa New Zealand. He lectures in the School of Communication, Journalism and Marketing at Massey University’s Manawatū campus. He has been involved in climate-related research projects in Fiji. In Mistra Geopolitics, he works on the Small-Island States: ‘Geopolitics of Marginality’ project.
Professor Fredrik Heintz
Fredrik Heintz is a Professor of Computer Science at Linköping University, where he leads the Reasoning and Learning lab. His research focus is artificial intelligence, especially Trustworthy AI and the intersection between machine reasoning and machine learning. His research within Mistra Geopolitics contribute to the theme Foresight Capabilities and Emerging Technologies.
Fredrik is a Director of the Wallenberg AI and Transformative Technologies Education Development Program (WASP-ED), Director of the Graduate School of the Wallenberg AI, Autonomous Systems and Software Program (WASP). He is a President of the Swedish AI Society and Fellow of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA).
Cleo Verkuijl is a researcher at the Stockholm Environment Institute, based in Oxford. Her research focuses on legal and political dimensions of international climate change governance, including ways to increase ambition and action to address the supply of fossil fuels; and to move towards more sustainable and compassionate food systems. In Mistra Geopolitics, she works on the geopolitics of decarbonization.
Therese Bennich is the Project Manager of the Mistra Geopolitics programme and Research Fellow at SEI Headquarters. Her research focus is on decision support in relation to sustainability initiatives and frameworks such as the UN 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals.
Elisa Arond is a Research Fellow at the Stockholm Environment Institute – Latin America in Bogotá, Colombia, where she leads the Just Energy Transitions group. Elisa’s research interests include carbon lock-in, extractive industries governance, sustainability transitions, and innovation policy to support inclusive transitions from fossil fuels, with a focus on producing regions in Colombia and Latin America. In Mistra Geopolitics, she works on geopolitics of decarbonization.
Vincent Boulanin is a Senior Researcher at SIPRI. He joined SIPRI in 2014, where he works on issues related to the production, use and control of emerging military and security technologies, notably autonomous weapon systems and cyber-security technologies.
Florian Krampe is a Senior Researcher and Director of SIPRI’s Climate Change and Risk Programme, specializing in peace and conflict research, environmental and climate security, and international security.
Somya Joshi is Head of Unit – Governance and Institutions, at SEI Headquarters. Here her main focus lies on developing her team’s research capacity around decision making, stakeholder engagement, technology and process innovation towards realizing the sustainable development goals.
Anna Michalski is an Associate Professor at the Department of Government, Uppsala University, and a Senior Associate Senior Researcher at the Swedish Institute for International Affairs. She is the chair of the Swedish Network for European Studies in Political Science and a member of the Swedish Network for Foreign Policy Analysis. Her teaching and research interests span over international relations and European politics.
Dr Farah Hegazi is a Researcher in SIPRI’s Climate Change and Risk programme. Her research focuses on identifying and understanding climate-related security risks, and how interventions to address the effects of climate change can be used to build peace. She is currently working on evaluating how climate-related security risks affect peacekeeping missions, and on how the World Food Programme’s climate-related interventions can potentially contribute to peace. She is a part of the Food Security theme within Mistra Geopolitics.
Almut Schilling‐Vacaflor is as a Postdoc at Osnabrück University and as an Associate Researcher at the GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies. Her research covers environmental governance, business and human rights, global supply chains, Indigenous peoples and FPIC, extractive industries and the agribusiness in Latin America. Almut is part of the Food Security theme within Mistra Geopolitics.
Her work has been published by journals like World Development, The Journal of Peasant Studies, Regulation & Governance,Ecology & Society, Global Environmental Politics, Development and Change and Third World Quarterly.
Elizabeth Smith is a research assistant in SIPRI’s Climate Change and Risk Programme. Her research focuses on gender, climate security and peacebuilding. Elizabeth is part of the Food Security theme within Mistra Geopolitics.
Dr. Elise Remling is a researcher in SIPRI’s climate change and risk programme.Elise’s expertise focuses on how climate and environmental change impact on human security, and on how policy organizations are responding to climate-related security risks.
Nicholas Olczak is a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Economic History and International Relations at Stockholm University. He is also an associate fellow of the Asia Programme at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs (UI). His research interests include East Asian international relations, global governance and international cooperation on climate change, and constructivist theory.
The programme includes a two-year Research School (forskarskola) in order to train next generation of scholars in methods, theories, and collection data for advanced analysis of geopolitics and sustainable development. It includes doctoral students enrolled in the Mistra Geopolitics programme as well as external graduate students.
The Research School offers the following activities:
PhD courses on environmental change, geopolitical challenges and governance responses.
Seminars on community outreach and policy relevance of research.
Regular seminars where participants of the scientific advisory board and scholars within the program are invited to discuss research as well as offer feedback on doctoral students’ work.
Invitation of 3 PhD students from partner countries in the global south to spend a semester at a Swedish partner institution and do course-work.
A meeting-point for social activities.
Overall, the Research School constitute a meeting point within the program where doctoral students, researchers and the scientific advisory board interacts with each other. For more information about the Graduate School please contact Niklas Bremberg: [email protected], or Lisa Dellmuth: [email protected]
The programme’s current PhD students are listed below.
Karin Eliasson is a PhD student at Linköping University, mainly related to Work Package 5. Her research interests concern visualization and its use in stakeholder co-creation processes, sustainable resource management, transnational impacts, and geopolitics. Karin was active in Phase I of Mistra Geopolitics.
Sanna Lundquist is a PhD student at Stockholm University. Her studies is related to Work Package 3, Governance responses to environmental related security risks. She has a bachelor’s degree in economics from Umeå University and a Master’s degree in political science from Stockholm University. Her research areas of interest are transition economies especially the countries in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. As well as an interest in Latin America where she has studied and worked and speak fluent Spanish. Sanna was active in Phase I of Mistra Geopolitics.
Jiayi Zhou is currently a Researcher at SIPRI and a PhD student at Linköping University. She has conducted fieldwork in Central Asia, the Caucasus, Afghanistan, and has research experience in a range of hard and soft security topics. In the context of Mistra Geopolitics, she was involved in Work Package 1 – Geopolitics and Security in the Anthropocene. Her related interests are in food security, agrarian change, and geo-economics. Her PhD supervisors are Dr Malin Mobjörk and Dr Eva Lövbrand. Jiayi was active in Phase I of Mistra Geopolitics.
Anton is a PhD student at the the Department of Government at Uppsala University. His research interests mainly concerns Governance and Policy Research, specifically related to international migration and immigrant integration. He has previously worked at the Swedish Migration Studies Delegation (Delmi). He was involved with Work Package 3 of the programme and his dissertation thesis will be part of project 3.2 on “State responses to global environmental change in a comparative perspective”, which is jointly led by Professors Joakim Palme and Andreas Duit. Anton was active in Phase I of Mistra Geopolitics.
Maria is a PhD student in Political Science at the Department of Government, Uppsala University. She holds a Master’s degree in Political Science from Umeå University, where she focused on the intersection between green political theory and empirical environmental research. Her current work theoretically and empirically investigates the association between communication across difference and environmental attitudes. Her research interests include democratic theory, the state in socio-ecological transformations and cultural changes where she utilizes both quantitative and qualitative methods in her empirical work. Maria was active in Phase I of Mistra Geopolitics.
Lauri Peterson is a PhD student at the Department of Government of Uppsala University. He is a political scientist working on issues related to climate policy, comparative politics and climate financing. He has a Master’s degree from the Central European University in International Relations and European Studies, where in 2015 he received a DBU scholarship to pursue a guest researcher position at Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Energy and Environment. Lauri’s PhD focuses on the comparative politics of international climate financing. Lauri was active in Phase I of Mistra Geopolitics.
Ady is a doctoral student in the Department of Sociology at the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru. She is a lawyer that holds master’s degrees in International Public Policy and Comparative Law, from the University of Bath and the International University College of Turin, respectively. Her research areas of interests are the diffusion and implementation of environmental policies, specifically related to territorial ordering and other environmental institutions. She was Head Deputy of Environmental Quality at the Agency for Environmental Assessment and Enforcement in Peru (OEFA). She ws involved with Work Package 3 of the Mistra Geopolitics programme Governance Responses to Environmental Related Security Risk.” Ady was active in Phase I of Mistra Geopolitics.
Ayodeji is a Doctoral candidate in the Department of International Relations, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. He is also an Assistant Lecturer in the Department of History and International Studies, Edo University Iyamho, Nigeria. He is currently working on Post-Amnesty Niger Delta and Maritime Security in the Gulf of Guinea for his doctoral research. His research focus centres on peace, conflict, gender, development, security and regionalism with special emphasis on Africa. Ayodeji was active in Phase I of Mistra Geopolitics.
Beatriz Rodrigues Bessa Mattos
Beatriz Rodrigues Bessa Mattos is a Doctoral Student in the Institute of International Relations of Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (IRI/PUC-Rio). She is also a Research Assistant of the Socio-Environmental Platform of the BRICS Policy Center and an Assistant Professor of International Relations at Universidade Veiga de Almeida(UVA). Her research interests mainlly concern Environmental Studies, Critical Security Studies and South-South cooperation. She was active in Phase I of Mistra Geopolitics.
Kristina Petrova is a PhD Candidate at the Department of Peace and Conflict Research and Centre for Natural Hazards and Disaster Science at Uppsala University. Her dissertation project focuses on the link between climate change, disasters and the risk of various kinds of violent conflict. Her work is also related to Work Package 4, exploring the interactive nature of the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development and the SDGs. Kristina was active in Phase I of Mistra Geopolitics.
Ece was a doctoral student in International Relations at Stockholm University. She holds a masters’ degree in Political Science from Uppsala University and bachelors’ degrees in International Relations and Psychology from Koc University, Istanbul. Ece was focused on the Work Package 3 of the Mistra Geopolitics programme with a specific interest in the legitimacy and effectiveness of the global governance responses to climate-security risks. Ece worked closely with her supervisors Dr Lisa Maria Dellmuth and Dr Maria-Therese Gustafsson. Ece was active in Phase I of Mistra Geopolitics.
Maria holds a master’s degree and a bachelor’s degree, both from Linköping University, Sweden. She took her master’s degree in International and European Relations and her bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science. Her research concerns the conditions for international collaboration on climate change after the 2015 Paris Agreement and focuses especially on the roles that the state has, or can have, in global climate governance, and what could shape the state’s role. In the Mistra Geopolitics programme, her work was related to Work Package 4, The Interrelationships between Shifting Geopolitical Landscapes and the SDGs. Maria was active in Phase I of Mistra Geopolitics.
Ebba joined Stockholm University as a PhD candidate in February 2021. Her research focuses on global environmental governance and international climate agreements, with a particular interest in the role of the state in the decarbonisation of society. She has a bachelor’s degree in political science and sociology from the University of Glasgow, as well as a master’s degree in Global Studies from Lund University. Ebba is part of the Decarbonization theme within Mistra Geopolitics.
Maxine Leis is a PhD Candidate at the Department of Peace and Conflict Research at Uppsala University where she previously completed her Master’s degree. The focus of her project lies on measuring and forecasting population displacement as a function of different forms of violent conflict, climate extremes and natural hazards. The work is related to the Work Package 4, Foresight Capabilities and Emerging technologies and her thesis will be part of project 4.3 “Applying AI methodologies to forecast climate related emergencies and population displacement”.
Tanushree joined Stockholm University as a PhD candidate in June 2021. Her research focuses on international aid and food security (Work Package 4), with particular interest in how inequality and migration issues influence aid effectiveness. Previously, she worked as a communication professional and program advisor in Australia and Timor-Leste in the fields of international development, gender, technology, peacebuilding and environment. Tanushree completed a Rotary Peace Fellowship at Uppsala University, with an MSSc in Peace and Conflict Studies.
Rickard Söder is a PhD candidate at the Department of Political Science, Stockholm University, and an associate researcher at SIPRI. His research focuses on how organizations in humanitarian aid anticipate global environmental change and how they develop methods and capabilities to handle related crises. He has published papers on security in the Anthropocene and previously been an editor at Pax et Bellum Journal, a student-run academic journal in the field of Peace and Conflict Research. Rickard is part of the Foresight theme within Mistra Geopolitics.
Malaika is a PhD student at Linköping University. Her research focuses on how geopolitical changes might create opportunities or threats to the capacity of Pacific Small Island Developing States to cope with climate change, and how these changes spur transformation towards sustainable development. Drawing on Indigenous research methods and knowledge, her research will further look at how stakeholders in these countries make sense of environmental and political changes, and how these changes influence their efforts to achieve the SDGs.
Marie Francisco has been a PhD Student at Linköping University since December 2020. Her research is part of work package 4 of Mistra Geopolitics phase II, which aims to assess the potential of new technologies in reshaping geopolitics. She is currently working on examining how artificial intelligence is made sense of as a tool for environmental governance by different actors involved in global environmental governance, with focus on states and international organisations.
Eugène is a PhD student at Lund University. In his research, he explores the geopolitical implications of circular economy (Work Package 3), specifically how security concerns can affect circular strategies in different regions and what effect circular policies have on security. Previously, he worked as a researcher and teacher at National Research University — Higher School of Economics (Moscow, Russia), where his research was focused on China’s energy system transformation. Before joining the university, he worked as an editor of the Security Index journal, a Russian journal on international security. Eugène graduated from Tyumen State University (Russia) with a degree in Political Science and from Lund University with an MSc in Environmental Management and Policy.
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Ece is a doctoral student in International Relations at Stockholm University. She holds a masters’ degree in Political Science from Uppsala University and bachelors’ degrees in International Relations and Psychology from Koc University, Istanbul.
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Sanna Lundquist is a PhD student at Stockholm University as a part of Work Package 3, Governance responses to environmental related security risks. She has a bachelor’s degree in economics from Umeå University and a Master’s degree in political science from Stockholm University.
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Karin Eliasson has just started her PhD studies at Linköping University, which is mainly related to Work Package 5: Foresight – Sweden in a changing geopolitical landscape. She has a bachelor’s degree in ecology and environmental management and a master’s degree in sustainable development from Linköping University.
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Anton is a PhD student at the the Department of Government at Uppsala University. His research interests mainly concerns Governance and Policy Research, specifically related to international migration and immigrant integration.
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Jiayi Zhou is currently a Researcher at SIPRI beginning her PhD at Linköping University. She has conducted in fieldwork in Central Asia, the Caucasus, Afghanistan, and has research experience in a range of hard and soft security topics.
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