Research

Mistra invests in research aimed at solving key environmental problems and promoting Sweden’s future competitiveness. Mistra’s research programmes are conducted in a close dialogue with companies, public agencies and other users, to ensure that research findings are put to practical use.  

Mistra invites Swedish research groups to submit programme proposals on the theme of sustainable development in the Arctic Regions. The purpose of the programme is twofold: to expand knowledge of the region’s distinctive prospects of long-term sustainable development, and to contribute to adequate and effective application of research results in policy processes relating to development in the Arctic.

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Mistra invites joint submission by research groups and industrial partners of proposals for a new research and innovation programme on product design for resource efficiency. The purpose of this initiative is to bring knowledge and innovative ideas to bear on helping to foster development of a circular economy, i.e. a society based on closed material loops. Central issues addressed in this research programme should be how to design new products that are more durable and can be maintained, repaired and upgraded; methods of reuse and remanufacture; and development of new business models and policy instruments.

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  • Finansiering: Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research (Mistra)
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What is the challenge? The geopolitical importance of the Arctic and other northern areas today is greater than ever. Interest in how natural resources are used is growing tremendously because of climate change. Political activity has intensified and there is a focus on new technology for exploiting natural resources. How can sustainable, peaceful development take […]

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  • Programtid: 2014–2018
  • Finansiering: Mistra is investing SEK 30 million and the partners (universities) included in the programme are providing co-funding of SEK 7.5 million. Besides Umeå University, the other programme partners are KTH Royal Institute of Technology, the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) and the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).
  • Programvärd: Arctic Research Centre at Umeå University (ARCUM).

Mistra Carbon Exit will analyse both the technical and the commercial conditions for achieving net zero emissions, as well as studying policy instruments and behavioural issues.

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  • Programtid: 2017-2021
  • Finansiering: Mistra is investing SEK 56 million of a total programme budget of SEK 81.4 million, with the remainder coming from partner organisations.
  • Programvärd: IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute

“Climate change has global and political impacts, in terms of energy, food, water and migration. It presents us with transboundary challenges, and to meet them boundary-crossing research is required. Mistra Geopolitics is designed to achieve that.” Lena Ek, former Minister for the Environment and MEP, and a member of the Mistra Geopolitics steering group

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  • Programtid: 2017-2020
  • Finansiering: Mistra is investing SEK 48 million, with an additional SEK 10 million from other sources of funding.
  • Programvärd: Stockholm Environment Institute

KEY CONTRIBUTIONS TO GLOBAL CLIMATE POLICY For international efforts to combat climate change to succeed, the world’s countries must be able to agree on how to regulate global emissions of greenhouse gases and support climate adaptation and technology transfer in developing countries. Cliporehas provided valuable scientific documentation for various purposes. These include negotiations in the […]

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WHAT IS THE CHALLENGE? Countries have become increasingly interdependent through the exchange of goods and services and flows of capital, technology, information, and to some extent, labour. How economic globalisation and its governing institutions affect human welfare and the environment (locally, nationally, and globally) is the subject of the research undertaken in this program. HOW […]

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  • Programtid: 2007-2013
  • Finansiering: Mistra invested SEK 18,4 m
  • Programvärd: IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute

Programme ended 2013.

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  • Programtid: 2011-2013
  • Finansiering: Mistra 38 MSEK
  • Programvärd: The Swedish Polar Research Secretariat

Instrument Design for Global Climate Mitigation

WHAT IS THE CHALLENGE? International climate policy is at a crossroads. Although some progress was made at the latest UN climate talks it is doubtful whether, in the next few years, a legally binding international agreement on far-reaching emission reductions along the lines of the Kyoto Protocol is attainable. At a time when different countries’ […]

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  • Programtid: 2012 - 2015
  • Finansiering: Mistra 24,5 MSEK
  • Programvärd: IVL Svenska Miljöinstitutet

Programme ended 2003.

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  • Programtid: 1996–2003
  • Finansiering: Mistra SEK 69 million, Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI) SEK 17.8 million. Other financiers SEK 1.7 million.
  • Programvärd: SMHI