Published 2020-06-11

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SEK 60m to Mistra Geopolitics for in-depth analyses of geopolitical changes

Mistra’s Board has decided to award further funding, for a second phase, to the Mistra Geopolitics research programme. The support will total up to SEK 60 million over the four-year period ahead. Researchers in the programme will analyse in greater depth the geopolitical challenges and opportunities brought by three associated transformations: global environmental change, society’s transition towards sustainability and the rapid implementation of transformative technology.

With the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) as its programme host, Mistra Geopolitics was awarded research funds from Mistra in 2016 and began its work on 1 January 2017. Mistra contributed SEK 48m in the first phase.

After an evaluation by an international panel of experts, Mistra’s Board decided to award research funding for a second phase of the programme. Mistra Geopolitics will receive up to SEK 60m over a four-year period, on condition that it takes the panel’s recommendations into consideration. The panel has proposed various improvements with the aim of enhancing integration among various parts of the programme, and of generating a greater impact for Mistra Geopolitics.

‘We look forward to another four years with Mistra Geopolitics. In these turbulent times with marked geopolitical uncertainty, this programme is more important than ever,’ says Thomas Nilsson, Programmes Director at Mistra.

Heading the Mistra Geopolitics programme is Björn-Ola Linnér, Professor of Environmental Change at Linköping University.

Björn-Ola Linnér, professor at Linköpings University and director of Mistra Geopolitics.

‘In its first four years,’ he says, ‘Mistra Geopolitics has established an internationally outstanding capacity for analysing how worldwide changes in geopolitics affect conditions for sustainable development, and vice versa. The immense global impact of developments in the past six months make this research programme even more highly topical. We look forward to being able to keep developing Sweden’s ability to contribute to sustainable development, Agenda 2030 and the Paris Agreement, at a time characterised by both uncertainty in world politics and new opportunities.

The programme consortium also includes the Universities of Linköping, Lund, Stockholm and Uppsala, and the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). International research institutes, Swedish companies and government agencies are also taking part.