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Mistra Geopolitics

Anti-desertification sand fences south of the town of Erfoud, Morocco
Anti-desertification sand fences south of the town of Erfoud, Morocco. Photo: Commons / Anderson sady

The Mistra Geopolitics Project aims to critically examine how the dynamics of geopolitics, human security and global environmental change interrelate in an epoch referred to as ‘the Anthropocene’. The project strives to develop strategies for actors to better navigate and face increasing geopolitical insecurity while taking advantage of opportunities that are generated by innovation and technology development. MISTRA Geopolitics combines critical analyses of the sustainability challenges of the 21st Century with forward-looking strategies for achieving globally agreed sustainable development goals (SDGs).

SIPRI researchers are primarily engaged in two work packages of Mistra Geopolitics; work package one ‘Geopolitics and Security in the Anthropocene’ and work package four ‘The Interrelationships between Geopolitics and the SDGs’. The key goal in work package one is to investigate how political drivers, risks and security threats of global environmental change are construed today, and what the implications are for our understanding of security and geopolitics. This work package also involves future prospects, which will be explored through stakeholder dialogues and through a series of interviews with experts and policymakers. Work package four focuses on how resources dynamics and geopolitical interests affects strategies for sustainable development.

Mistra Geopolitics is funded by the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research (Mistra) and brings together a strong interdisciplinary research team consisting of six core Swedish partners: the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), Linköping University, Lund University, Stockholm University and Uppsala University. In addition, two high-profile international research institutes are also involved: adelphi (Germany) and E3G (United Kingdom).

The skills of the research team span peace and conflict research, environmental and sustainability politics and governance, and advanced expertise in visualization and decision support. Furthermore, a group of stakeholder partners is also involved, which consists of Swedish government agencies, business enterprises and non-governmental organizations.

More information about Mistra Geopolitics can be found here

Research staff

Dan Smith is the Director of SIPRI.
Dr Malin Mobjörk is the Director of the Climate Change and Risk Pogramme.
Jiayi Zhou is a Researcher in the Climate Change and Risk Programme.
Dr Florian Krampe is a Researcher in the Climate Change and Risk Programme.
Rickard Söder is a Research Assistant with the SIPRI Climate Change and Risk Programme.