SUSTAINABLE OCEANS

The Geopolitics of Sustainable oceans

The geopolitics of sustainable oceans has been identified as one of the central research themes of the Mistra Geopolitics programme. This research theme will examine how geopolitical dynamics shape the prospects for legitimate and effective governance of the seas. It will pay particular attention to the political dynamics of the Arctic region, and among the Small Island Developing States in the Pacific Ocean.

Oceans, including coastal and marine resources, are essential to human security worldwide. Oceans are undergoing far-reaching change as more than half of all maritime boundaries have not yet been settled, and the governance of the deep-sea, which constitutes 95% of the global oceans, is currently undergoing transformative renegotiation, influenced by changing commercial, geostrategic and energy interests.

Political boundaries and disputes in the Exclusive Economic Zones and the Deep Seas will also be explored, especially in relation to commercial, geostrategic and energy interests. Tensions and new forms of collaboration between states, civil society organizations and private sector companies will be mapped. The research will showcase how societal transformations towards sustainable and secure oceans may be envisaged in the future.

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a). How can marine cooperation contribute to sustainable governance of a blue economy, and what geopolitical dynamics pose the greatest threats?
b). How are economic and social gains valuated in relation to environmental protection, equity and power?

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How will geopolitical changes create opportunities for small island states to cope with climate change / spur transformation towards sustainable development?

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What are the geopolitical impacts of states and stakeholders views on Arctic governance?

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a). How can marine cooperation contribute to sustainable governance of a blue economy, and what geopolitical dynamics pose the greatest threats?
b). How are economic and social gains valuated in relation to environmental protection, equity and power?

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How will geopolitical changes create opportunities for small island states to cope with climate change / spur transformation towards sustainable development?

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What are the geopolitical impacts of states and stakeholders views on Arctic governance?

HIGHLIGHTS

Selections from our recent work on sustainable oceans

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UN 2030 Agenda
Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development

PUBLICATIONS

Our work on sustainable oceans to date

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a). How can marine cooperation contribute to sustainable governance of a blue economy, and what geopolitical dynamics pose the greatest threats? b). How are economic and social gains valuated in relation to environmental protection, equity and power?

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How will geopolitical changes create opportunities for small island states to cope with climate change / spur transformation towards sustainable development?

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What are the geopolitical impacts of states and stakeholders views on Arctic governance?

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TEAM

Meet the team working on the 'Sustainable Oceans' theme

SEI

Karina Barquet

Linköping University

Anders Hansson

SEI

Elin Leander

Linköping University

Victoria Wibeck

Linköping University

Björn-Ola Linnér

University of Fiji

Priyatma Singh

Stockholm University

Lisa Dellmuth

SIPRI

Elise Remling

SEI

Karina Barquet

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.

Telephone:+46703885690

Linköping University

Anders Hansson

Anders Hansson is a Senior Lecturer at Linköping University.

Telephone:+4613282930

SEI

Elin Leander

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.

Telephone:+46702128499

Linköping University

Victoria Wibeck

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.

Telephone:+4611363285

Linköping University

Björn-Ola Linnér

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.

University of Fiji

Priyatma Singh

Priyatma Singh, University of Fiji, Pacific Islands Development Forum.

Telephone:+679 6640600

Stockholm University

Lisa Dellmuth

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).

Telephone:+46 8 161 076

SIPRI

Elise Remling

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.

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