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 four prioritized research themes organized internally under the
six work packages displayed below.


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, Uppsala University

Explore: Food Security


Sustainable Oceans

Oceans, including coastal and marine resources, are essential to human security worldwide. The research theme Geopolitics of Sustainable Oceans examines how geopolitical dynamics shape the prospects for legitimate and effective governance of the oceans, including maritime security, oceanic resources and governance, with a focus on the Arctic region and Pacifc Small Island Developing States. Power struggles and climate-induced challenges linked to food security, displacement and migration will also be studied.

Leader: Karen Meijer, Senior Researcher with SIPRI’s Climate Change and Risk Programme

Explore: Sustainable Oceans



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, Senior Lecturer, Lund University

Explore: Decarbonization


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.

Dr. Henrik Carlsen.

Leader: Henrik Carlsen, Co-Director of Mistra Geopolitics &
Senior Research Fellow, Stockholm Environment Institute

Explore: Foresight Capabilities and Emerging Technologies


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.


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.