WORK PACKAGES

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 six work packages (WPs).

01.

Food Security

In light of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Agenda 2030 the Mistra Geopolitics research theme Food security aims to examine how the international community can end hunger by 2030, and ensure long-term food security, in the face of global environmental and geopolitical change.

Leader: Nina von Uexküll, Stockholm University

02.

Sustainable Oceans

This work package 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

03.

Decarbonization

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 work package studies the geopolitical challenges of sustainability transformations related to decarbonization.

Leader: André Månberger, Lund University

04.

Foresight Capabilities and Emerging Technologies

This work package 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 achieving the SDGs.

Leader: Henrik Carlsen, Stockholm Environment Institute

05.

Research School

The research school is hosted by Stockholm University and will include nine doctoral students fully or partly funded by the programme, as well as external graduate students. The research school extends over 2 years in order to train the next generation of scholars in methods, theories and collection of data. Read more here.

Leader: Niklas Bremberg, Stockholm University

06.

Engagement, Synthesis and Rapid Response

In a rapidly changing world there is a growing demand from policy and business audiences for analysis of current events and emerging issues. This work package builds on the experiences from previous communication efforts to reach out with research findings that will engage key audiences in dialogue.

Leader: Karl Hallding, Stockholm Environment Institute