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Karin Bäckstrand’s research revolves around global environmental politics within the four areas below:

  • The role of scientific expertise and risk in environmental decisionmaking
  • Transnational governance of climate change
  • The legitimacy and effectiveness of environmental politics
  • The policy and politics of carbon capture and storage (CCS)


International Networks

  • Associated Faculty member of the Global Governance Project,a joint research program between eight European research institutions that seeks to advance understanding of new actors, institutions and mechanism of global governance, with a particular focus on environment and sustainability issues.
  • Member of the Leverhulme Transnational Climate Governance Network, coordinated by Durham University  2008-2010.
  • Management Committe of European Cooperation in Science and Technology COST The Transformation of Global Environmental Governance: Risk and Opportunities 2008-2012, coordinated by Vrije University Amsterdam

National Assignments


Karin Bäckstrand is a Professor in Environmental Social Science at the Department of Political Science at Stockholm University.

You can find more information about her here.


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