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 an Associate 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).
Karl Hallding is a senior research fellow at Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) where he is a research leader on the global research directorate. His research deals with the transformation of the energy system, with a specific analysis on how energy and climate policies affect this transformation.
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, measurement of democracy, and climate change. Håvard is a researcher in Work Package 4; The inter-relationships between shifting geopolitical landscapes and the SDGs.
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 (SEI), focusing on climate change adaptation. His research includes professional experience in climate change research with a focus on climate impacts, vulnerability, risk and adapatation. Magnus is a researcher in Work Package 2; 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: 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 Research Director for E3G. 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 geopolitics of decarbonization.
Daria Ivleva is a project manager for adelphi in the field of international cooperation, climate, and energy. In Mistra Geopolitics, she works on 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 a Research Associate at the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI). He is working primarily on issues of global climate politics, particularly climate finance. Kevin acts as both support for the Management Team, and is a researcher in Work Package 5, which uses foresight methods to explore the role of Sweden in a changing geopolitical landscape.
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.
Dr Elise Remling is a researcher in SIPRI’s Climate Change and Risk Programme. Elise is leading the theme Sustainable Oceans in Mistra Geopolitics.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.
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.
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 Maria-Therese Gustafsson: [email protected]
The programme’s current PhD students are listed below.
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. Ece is focusing 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 will be working closely with her supervisors Dr Lisa Maria Dellmuth and Dr Maria-Therese Gustafsson.
Karin Eliasson has just started her PhD studies 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.
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.
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. In the context of Mistra Geopolitics, she will be 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.
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 is 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.
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 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 is related to Work Package 4, The Interrelationships between Shifting Geopolitical Landscapes and the SDGs.
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.
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 is involved with Work Package 3 of the Mistra Geopolitics programme Governance Responses to Environmental Related Security Risk.”
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.
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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.
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.
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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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