Mistra Geopolitics Phase II – Navigating towards a Secure and Sustainable Future 

Mistra Geopolitics Phase II is a research programme analyzing global environmental and geopolitical change (2021-2024). At SU, involved departments are Economic History and International Relations, and Political Science, focusing on topics such as aid, decarbonization, food security, and international cooperation. The research programme involves collaboration with the Stockholm Enviroment Institute (SEI), Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), as well as the universities of Linköping, Lund, and Uppsala. For more information, contact one of SU’s involved researchers: Niklas Bremberg, Karin Bäckstrand, Lisa Dellmuth, Maria-Therese Gustafsson, and Nina von Uexkull. 


Climate change, natural disasters, and human responses

This research project focuses on how, when and why IOs respond to extreme weather events. How have IO responses to such events developed over time (specifically before and after the cold war)? Why do some events lead to more ambitious global governance responses than others? Are disaster responses primarily a function of the severity and type of the disaster, or rather of saliency in the public debate, civil society or member states engagement, or IO capacity? The project is funded by the Bolin Centre and Board of Environmental Research members in the Human Sciences from 2018-2019. Principal investigators are Frida Bender and Lisa Dellmuth.


Extracting justice? Exploring the role of FPIC and consultation, and compensation related to socio-environmental conflicts in Latin America

The aim of the project is to study the nature and outcome of prior consultation and free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) processes, and ask if they contribute to the prevention and resolution of resource conflicts, and if they strengthen or weaken affected peoples’ democratic participation and rights to self-determination. These research questions will be addressed in a series of sub-projects, which will be carried out in four different Latin American countries (Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru). Principal investigator is Maria-Therese Gustafsson.


Non-state actors in the new landscape of international climate cooperation

At a time when the UN climate negotiations appear to be making little progress, non-state initiatives on climate change are thriving. Furthermore, while increasing numbers of people from governments and civil society organisations attend the negotiations and the latter’s importance is formally being emphasized, their access to the negotiations is increasingly being restricted. The project examines the interface between the intergovernmental negotiating process and transnational business, environmental NGO, local government and indigenous peoples’ organisation networks. It is a collaboration between Linköping University, Stockholm University and University of East Anglia. It is funded by the Swedish Research Council and Formas 2014-2016. Principal investigator is Karin Bäckstrand.


Earth System Governance Project 

Earth System Governance — a global research alliance, is the largest social science research network in the area of governance and global environmental change. The Earth System Governance research alliance takes up the challenge of exploring political solutions and novel, more effective governance mechanisms to cope with the current transitions in the biogeochemical systems of the planet. The normative context of this research is sustainable development; earth system governance is not only a question of institutional effectiveness, but also of political legitimacy and social justice.