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Dr Elise Remling


Dr Elise Remling is a Research Fellow at the University of Canberra (Australia) based at the Centre for Environmental Governance (CEG), and an Associate Researcher with the Climate Change and Risk Programme at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) (Sweden). Elise has a background in both academic and policy-oriented research in the field of climate change and sustainable development with expertise on the social and political implications of climate change. Located at the interface between human geography, political science, and development studies, her research has centred particularly on the process of adaptation to climate change at different levels of governance.

Her current work focuses on future imaginaries in global environmental politics and governance in the post-coronavirus world and on how international organizations are thinking about and responding to climate-related security risks.

Elise received her PhD in Environmental Sciences from Södertörn University, Sweden, in 2019. Her thesis explored the politics of adaption decision-making by focusing on the more informal, tacit rules and rule-making mechanisms. Drawing on Poststructuralist Discourse Theory, it looked specifically at the role of discursive power, values and norms at different levels of governance, as well as the affective fantasies animating adaptation responses.

Elise holds a M.Sc. in Geography with a major in climate change from the University of Hamburg, Germany, and a dual major B.A. in Social- and Cultural Anthropology and Geography from the University of Münster, Germany.

Selected publications:

• Black, R. et al.: Environment of Peace: Security in a New Era of Risk. Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI): Stockholm. DOI: 10.55163/LCLS7037 (2022).
• Remling, E.: Five rules for climate adaptation in fragile and conflict-affected situations. European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI): Bonn (2022).
• Remling, E. & A. Barnhoorn: A Reassessment of the European Union’s Response to Climate-related Security Risks. SIPRI Insights on Peace and Security. Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI): Stockholm (2021)
• Remling, E. & A. Causevic: Climate-related Security Risks in the 2020 Updated Nationally Determined Contributions. SIPRI Insights on Peace and Security. Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI): Stockholm (2021)
• Remling E. (2020): Migration as climate adaptation? Exploring discourses amongst development actors in the Pacific Island Region. In: Regional Environmental Change. DOI: 10.1007/s10113-020-01583-z.
• Remling E. (2018): Depoliticizing Adaptation: A Critical Analysis of EU Climate Adaptation Policy. In: Environmental Politics. DOI: 10.1080/09644016.2018.1429207.
• Remling, E. (2017): Logics, assumptions and genre chains: a framework for poststructuralist policy analysis. In: Critical Discourse Studies, DOI: 10.1080/17405904.2017.1382382.
• Atteridge, A. & E. Remling (2017): Is adaptation reducing vulnerability or redistributing it? In: Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change, DOI: 10.1002/wcc.500.
• Remling, E. & J. Veitayaki (2016): Community-based action in Fiji’s Gau Island: a model for the Pacific? In: International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management, 8 (3), 375–398, DOI: 10.1108/IJCCSM-07-2015-0101.

climate change adaptationclimate change and global governanceenvironmental politicsEnvironmental social science researchequity dimensions of sustainability transitionsPoststructuralist Discourse Theory

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