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Dr Malin Mobjörk

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Dr Malin Mobjörk

Dr Malin Mobjörk

Dr Malin Mobjörk is a Senior Researcher and Director of SIPRI’s Climate Change and Risk Programme. Malin’s expertise focuses on the intersection of climate change, security and development and how policy organizations are responding to climate-related security risks. Her work emerges from a comprehensive approach to security and she has a particular interest in exploring the interlinkages of different security challenges. Currently, Malin leads the project ‘Climate Change and Security’ as well as the work package ‘Geopolitics and Security in the Anthropocene’ within the research program Mistra Geopolitics, an interdisciplinary program examining the impact of climate and environmental change on today’s geopolitical landscape.

A second area of expertise relates to inter- and transdisciplinarity. This involves an interest in organizational issues of research and policy. She has also an interest in future studies and contributed to the Swedish Future Commission in 2013.

Malin holds a PhD in Water and Environmental Studies from Linköping University, Sweden. Prior to joining SIPRI in February 2016, Malin has worked in different academic settings in Sweden, e.g. at the universities of Stockholm, Linköping and Karlstad, and almost a decade at the Swedish Defence Research Agency, FOI.

Malin is currently a Public Policy Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Centre in Washington DC until June 2018.

Subject expertise

Climate security; climate-related violent conflict; complex and emerging risks; scenario analysis, and inter- and transdisciplinary research

Regional expertise


Phone number
+46 709 807695
Swedish, English

PhD in Water and Environmental Studies, Linköping University, Sweden

  • Member of the Expert group for aid studies, EBA, 2015–current 
  • Advisor at the Swedish think tank Global Challenges (Global Utmaning) 2012–current
External publications
  • Dellmuth, L. M., Gustafsson, M. Bremberg, N and Mobjörk, M. Intergovernmental organizations and climate security: Advancing the research agenda, WIREs Climate Change (2017).
  • van Baalen, S. and Mobjörk, M., Climate Change and Violent Conflict in East Africa: Integrating Qualitative and Quantitative Research to Probe the Mechanisms, International Studies Review (2017).
  • Wester, M. and Mobjörk, M., A brief survey of the work being performed by crisis organisations in European Union member states on climate change effects, Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management (2017).
  • Granit, J., Carlsen, H., Carson, M. et al., Integrating sustainable development and security: An analytical approach with examples from the Middle East and North Africa, the Arctic and Central Asia, SEI and FOI (2015).
  • Mobjörk, M. and Johansson, B., Indirect effects of climate change and their implications for Sweden, Report to Control station 2015 for climate change adaptation, (eds.) Andersson, L., Boman, A., van Well, et al. SMHI Klimatologi no. 12 (2014) (in Swedish).
  • Hallding, K., Eriksson, A.E., Mobjörk, M. et al., Sweden in a World of Growing Uncertainties: A Green Economy for Robust Development, Background report for the Commission on the Future of Sweden, SEI and FOI (2013).
  • Sonnsjö, H. and Mobjörk, M., Indirect, complex and undesired events: how to analyse risks with large uncertainty, FOI-R--3649--SE (2013) (in Swedish).
  • Mobjörk, M. and Simonsson, L., Climate change, migration and conflicts: connections and projections, FOI-R--3297- -SE (2011) (in Swedish).
  • Mobjörk, M. Eriksson, M. and Carlsen, H., On Connecting Climate Change with Security and Violent Armed Conflict: Investigating knowledge from the scientific community, FOI-R--3021--SE (2010).
  • Mobjörk, M., Consulting versus Participatory Transdisciplinarity: A refined classification of transdisciplinary research, Futures, vol. 42 pp. 866–873 (2010).