We study the relationships between climate change, socio-economic change, and international institutions by focusing on both short and long-term change in areas such as agriculture, climate security, disaster risks, food governance, human security, and social norms. Our group is unique in its pluralism, pursuing positivist, constructivist and critical approaches, and historical approach to climate change at the intersection of the social and natural sciences.

The main aim of the Climate Group is to push forward theory on human responses to climate change in the social sciences. Moreover, our work is relevant to the agenda for the UN sustainable development goals that integrate diverse issues such as hunger, gender equality and clean water intended to guide policies in all UN member states until 2030.


Research Projects

  • Petroleum, prices and protests: The impact of climate change mitigation on social unrest (2021-2024, funded by the Swedish Research Council, dnr 2020-02161)
  • GlocalClim: The role of integrated governance for a just and legitimate adaptation to climate risks (2019-2023, funded by the Swedish Research Council for Sustainable Development Formas, dnr 2018-01705) 
  • Mistra GEOPOLITICS Phase II: Navigating a Secure and Sustainable Future (2021-2023, funded by the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research Mistra, DIA 2016/11 #5)
  • The Miracle Bean: Agrofood globalization through the lens of the soybean (2018-2020, funded by Jan Wallanders & Tom Hedelius Foundation – Handelsbanken - dnr P18-0247).
  • Climate change, natural disasters, and human responses (funded by the Bolin Centre and Board of Environmental Research at Stockholm University, 2018-2019)
  • Mistra GEOPOLITICS: Sustainable development in a changing geopolitical era: challenges and opportunities for Sweden (2017-2020, funded by the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research Mistra, DIA 2016/11 #5)



We are involved in a new cross-faculty course about solutions at different scales to achieve climate neutrality. The course is open to students from all study areas at Stockholm University, given at half-speed (7.5 hp over two periods) with start autumn 2019. See the web pages of the course 'Climate Change Solutions'.



Matilda Baraibar

Matilda Baraibar is a researcher at the Department of Economic History and International Relations and associated researcher at the Institute of Latin American Studies, Stockholm University. She is also advisory Board member of the South American Institute for Resilience and Sustainability Studies. Her research focuses on the political economy of agriculture and world history, including climate-related effects from land-use change as well as the multiple and differentiated consequences of climate change on agriculture. 

Elisabeth Corell 
Elisabeth Corell is Lecturer at the Department of Economic History and International Relations. Her research explores international decision-making for sustainable development. One focus is the role of substance-related knowledge and experts. Another is non-governmental actors’ possibility of influencing political processes among state actors. Her work has appeared in MIT Press, Zed Books, Liber, Greenleaf Publishing, Kluwer, as well as in Global Environmental PoliticsInternational NegotiationEnvironmental Politics, and in the Yearbook on International Environmental Law.

Lisa Dellmuth 

Lisa Dellmuth is Associate Professor of International Relations at Stockholm University. Her research examines public opinion and the politics of legitimacy and redistribution in global governance, including global climate governance, and tries to push International Relations theory forward. Her work has appeared in journals such as the British Journal of Political Science, European Journal of Political Research, European Union Politics, Review of International Organizations, and WIREs Climate Change. She is principal investigator of the GlocalClim project and leads the Stockholm University work package in Mistra GEOPOLITICS.

Lisa Deutsch

Lisa Deutsch is Senior Lecturer at the Stockholm Resilience Centre and Associate Scholar at the Department of Economic History and International Relations and the Institute of Latin American Studies at Stockholm University. Lisa's research examines social-ecological effects of globalization in food production systems, where climate change is key. Her current research project is The Miracle Bean: Agrofood globalization through the lens of the soybean. With colleagues from Economic History, she uses a transdiciplinary framework focusing on power relations, social-ecological system dynamics and (in)capacity to deal with change.

Maria-Therese Gustafsson

Maria-Therese Gustafsson is Assistant Professor at the Department of Political Science. She is affiliated with Mistra GEOPOLITICS and GlocalClim. Her research focuses on governance in extractive industries, political participation, and climate risk governance. Her research on extractive industries received the prize for best doctoral dissertation in the social sciences at Stockholm University in 2015. She has published articles in journals such as Third World Quarterly, Latin American Research Review, WIREs Climate Change. She is the author of the research monograph Private Politics and Peasant Mobilization: Mining in Peru (Palgrave).

Elin Jakobsson

Elin Jakobsson is a postdoc researcher in International Relations and a researcher at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs. Her research interests focus on international norm dynamics, climate security norms and migration issues. More specifically, her dissertation project aims at enhancing explanations of norm acceptance in the international community with an empirical focus on disaster risk reduction and climate-induced migration. Elin teaches IR undergraduate courses on subjects such as global migration, International Relations theory, international organizations and qualitative methods.


Dag Retsö

Dag Retsö is Associate Professor of Economic History at Stockholm University. His research in historical climatology concerns climatic variations in Sweden/Scandinavia and the Baltic Sea area in premodern times. Currently he is examining floods and droughts and their socioeconomic impacts from the Middle Ages until 1800, as well as climatic proxy methodology in documentary sources. He has published articles in Climatic Change and Hydrology and Earth Systems Sciences.

Jorge E. Rodríguez-Morales

Jorge has a PhD in comparative environmental governance and works as a doctoral researcher in International Relations and environmental politics at the Department of Economic History and International Relations of Stockholm University. His research interests revolve around the links between environmental governance, sustainable development, and institutional change. His work has been published in Journals such as Energy Research and Social Science, Sustainability Science or Sustainable Earth, as well as in the IPCC Special report on Climate Change and Land. Within the GlocalClim project, he is mainly responsible for the comparative analysis of integrated governance policies for climate change risks adaptation in Latin America.

Suanne Segovia-Tzompa

Suanne is a PhD candidate in International Relations and Environmental Politics at the Department of Economic History and International Relations of Stockholm University. Her research journey started in 2011 as an undergraduate student, interested ever since in the intersection between international relations and environmental issues, focusing on the cases of Indigenous Peoples. Suanne has an MSc in Environmental Change and International Development from the University of Sheffield, UK. 

She has worked as both a teacher and a research assistant, mainly in her home country, Mexico, and the UK. She has also worked with international NGOs promoting equal development in Mexico, the UK and Cameroon. Within the GlocalClim project, she analyses the legitimacy perceptions of indigenous peoples towards global adaptation governance institutions.

Karina Shyrokykh

Karina Shyrokykh is a postdoctoral researcher at Stockholm University, within the GlocalClim project. Her research interests include European Union governance in European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) countries, international public administration networks, and effects of external democracy promotion. Her research has been published inter alia in European Journal of Public Policy, Journal of Common Market Studies, Democratization, Europe-Asia Studies, and European Foreign Affairs Review.