Mistra Geopolitics is an interdisciplinary research programme, which means that researchers from different fields of expertise come together and combine their intellectual skills. This is an effective – and sometimes challenging – approach, but necessary when it comes to understanding the complex world we live in. The programme comprises five interrelated work packages (WPs).


Food Security

In light of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of Agenda 2030, this project aims to examine how the international community can end hunger by 2030, as well as ensure long-term food security, in the face of global environmental change and resource scarcity.

Leader: Nina von Uexküll, Stockholm University


Sustainable Oceans

This project examines the geopolitical dynamics of sustainable oceans, maritime security and oceanic resources with a focus on the Small Island Developing States in the Pacific Ocean and the Arctic region. As a part of the project, power struggles and climate-induced challenges linked to food security, displacement and migration will be studied.

Leader: To be announced



While the Paris Agreement entails a mounting pressure on actors to take the lead in decarbonization efforts, fossil fuel dependent regions, states and sectors are in need of innovative strategies in order to support a just transition to a fossil free economy and avoid popular resistance to decarbonization policies. This project studies the geopolitical challenges of sustainability transformations related to decarbonization.

Leader: André Månberger, Lund University


Foresight Capabilities and Emerging Technologies

This project will develop foresight techniques to examine how global affairs might develop in times of transformative change, the role new technologies can play in low-carbon transformations and how geopolitical realities will come to shape the options for reaching the SDGs.

Leader: Henrik Carlsen, Stockholm Environment Institute


Research School

The programme includes a two-year Research School in order to train the next generation of scholars in methods, theories and collection of data. Read more here.

Leader: Niklas Bremberg, Stockholm University