Here you can find an overview of ongoing resarch projects and publications on environmental politics and transnational actors, such as civil society organizations, foundations, and companies.

    Ongoing research projects


    Glocalizing Climate Governance: The Role of Integrated Governance for a Just and Legitimate Adaptation to Climate Risks (GlocalClim) (Formas, 2019-2022)

    Human security will be increasingly affected as the climate changes. Yet, inadequate political compromise at domestic and global levels often leads to failure in helping individuals and communities adapt to the adverse effects of climate change. A popular solution to meet climate policy goals is integrated governance, i.e. inclusion of climate risks into other policy areas, such as conflict or health, across domestic and global levels. This project examines the 'glocalization' of climate change adaptation through which global programs have ramifications for domestic adaptation to climate change. It addresses the questions of how, when and why integrated governance of climate risks at the global level promotes legitimate and just climate change adaptation in the global south. PI: Lisa Dellmuth.


    Sustainable development in a changing geo-political era: Challenges and opportunities for Sweden (Mistra Geopolitics) (Mistra, 2017-2020)

    While there is widespread agreement on the potentially disastrous consequences of ongoing processes of environmental change, we know little about how states and international organizations such as the African Union, United Nations Environment, or the World Health Organization respond to geopolitical and environmental dynamics, and when they do so successfully. Our research within Mistra Geopolitics examines how the dynamics of geopolitics, human security, and global environmental change interrelate. I lead the work package on states and international organizations' governance responses to climate risks at Stockholm University. PI: Björn-Ola Linnér.


    Climate change, natural disasters, and human responses (Bolin Centre and Board of Environmental Research members in the Human Sciences at Stockholm University, 2018-2019).

    Future changes in climate may impact the frequency and severity of extreme weather events, both in the developed and the developing world, posing a significant challenge to the international community. This project seeks to understand how, why and to what degree the international community provides disaster relief to communities and countries. Its purpose is to collect original climatic, political and economic data, and to use these data to explain variation in disaster relief from the 1990s. The results seek to push theories on disaster governance forward, and will help understand – and hopefully help improve – international disaster relief. PIs: Frida Bender and Lisa Dellmuth.


      1. Peer-reviewed journal articles

      Petersson, M., Dellmuth, L.M., Merrie, A. N. and Österblom, H., “Patterns and trends in non-state actor participation in regional fisheries management organizations”, Marine Policy, 104 (2019), pp. 146-156.

      Dellmuth, L.M., Gustafsson, M.-T., Bremberg, N. and Mobjörk, M.,“Intergovernmental organizations and climate security: Advancing the research agenda”, Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change, 9:1 (2018), doi:10.1002/wcc.496.


      Stockholm University, Department of Economic History and International Relations, Dr Lisa Dellmuth, SE-10691 Stockholm.

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