Karin Bäckstrand is a Professor in Environmental Social Science at the Department of Political Science at Stockholm University. This new position is intended to strengthen environmental social science research and teaching at the faculty of social science as well as across faculties at Stockholm university She co-directs the research group Environmental Policy, Politics and Learning (EPPLE), nominated as leading research area by the Faculty of Social Science. ) Bäckstrand is Editor of the domain Climate Policy and Governance at Wiley’s Interdisciplinary Review (WIREs) Climate Change, a leading journal for climate studies.

Her primary research revolves around global environmental politics, the role of science in environmental decision-making, the politics of climate change and the democratic legitimacy of global governance. Bäckstrand received her doctorate in Political Science at Lund University in 2001. Between 2002 and 2004 she held a postdoctoral position as a Wallenberg Fellow for Environment and Sustainability at the Laboratory for Energy and Environment at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. During 2013, she was visiting scholar at the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford and was a senior member at St. Anthony’s’ College.

Bäckstrand’s work is published in journals Global Environmental Politics, European Journal of International Relations, Global Environmental Change, Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning, Environmental Politics, Journal of European Public Policy. Her recent books are The Research Handbook on Climate Governance (co-edited with Eva Lövbrand, Edward Elgar, 2015) and Rethinking the Green State: Environmental Governance towards Climate and Sustainability Transition (with Annica Kronsell, Routledge, 2015

Bäckstrand has been awarded grants and led several research projects funded by the Swedish Research Council, Formas, Riksbanken Jubileumsfund, the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research (Mistra), The Swedish Energy Agency, Wennergren Foundation, EU-FP7 and the Leverhulme Foundation. She serves on the board of the Norwegian Research Council’s 10-year research program on Climate Change, the Mistra Program New Governance for Sustainable Development in the Artic, and the social science faculty representative on the Board of the Stockholm Resilience Center. She is Senior Faculty of the Earth System Governance Project.


Naghmeh Nasiritousi is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Political Science Department at Stockholm University. Her postdoc project aims to evaluate effectiveness and legitimacy of international institutions in the field of global energy and climate governance.

Prior to Stockholm University Naghmeh obtained her doctorate at Linköping University. Her dissertation, titled ‘Shapers, Brokers and Doers: The Dynamic Roles of Non-State Actors in Global Climate Change Governance’, examined why and how non-state actors are involved in global climate change governance. She worked with the International Negotiations Survey to explore attitudes and opinions held by the diverse set of participants attending the international climate change negotiations on issues such as legitimacy and agency in global environmental governance.

Her research has been published in journals such as Nature Climate Change, European Journal of International Relations, International Studies Quarterly, Global Environmental Politics, International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics, and Annual Review of Political Science.


Philipp Pattberg is professor of transnational environmental governance and policy at VU Amsterdam, The Netherlands. He specializes in the study of global environmental politics, with a focus on climate change governance, biodiversity, forest and marine governance, transnational relations, public-private partnerships, network theory, and institutional analysis. Pattberg’s current research scrutinizes institutional complexity, functional overlaps and fragmentation across environmental domains (

At VU Amsterdam, Pattberg heads the Department of Environmental Policy Analysis, a team of more than 25 researchers that was evaluated in a 2014 international review as ‘world leading’ and as being ‘one of the highest profile academic research groups involved with sustainability governance from around the world’. Pattberg is Chair of the Board of the Global Environmental Change Section of the German Political Science Association ( and a senior research fellow of the international Earth System Governance Project ( Since 2016, Pattberg is also General Director of the Netherlands Research School for Socio-Economic and Natural Sciences of the Environment (SENSE). From 2006-2011, Pattberg was the deputy-director of the Global Governance Project, a joint research program of 12 European institutes with about 40 affiliated researchers ( From 2008-2012, Pattberg served as the Management Committee Chair of COST Action IS0802 (Transformation of Global Environmental Governance) with 250 researchers in 19 affiliated countries.


Jakob Skovgaard is associate professor in political science at Lund University (Sweden), undertaking research on national, EU and international climate politics, and holds a doctorate from the European University Institute in Florence. His research interests include the role of economic objectives within climate politics, as well as interaction between the international and domestic level. From 2007 to 2010 he worked in the international climate change team of the Danish Finance Ministry. Recent publications include articles in the journals Global Environmental Politics and Journal of Common Market Studies, and the edited volume The Politic of Fossil Fuel Subsidies and Their Reform (2018, Cambridge University Press).


Lisa Sanderink is a PhD candidate in the department of Environmental Policy Analysis at the Institute for Environmental Studies, Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam. Her interests lie with global environmental governance, particularly in the field of climate and energy. Currently, Lisa is studying the so-called climate-energy nexus, specifically focusing on institutional linkages and the influence thereof on the effectiveness and legitimacy of the renewable energy domain. In addition to being a member of the CLIMENGO project team, she is a research fellow with the Earth System Governance project. Lisa holds a B.A. in European Studies, with a specialization in International and European Law, from the University of Amsterdam, and a M.Sc. in Environment and Resource Management from the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam.


Harro Van Asselt is Professor of Climate Law and Policy at the University of Eastern Finland (UEF) Law School and a Senior Research Fellow with the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) in Oxford. He is also Editor of the Review of European, Comparative and International Environmental Law and serves as an Associate Editor for the Carbon & Climate Law Review.

His research focuses on international and European climate change law and policy. Specifically, he is interested in examining the interplay between various international, national and transnational institutions in the field of global climate governance. His publications further address: the design and effectiveness of market-based mechanisms; overlaps between climate change and trade, including the issue of border carbon adjustments; linkages between biodiversity and climate change, particularly with regard to reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+), strategies to tackle short-lived climate pollutants, and addressing fossil fuel subsidies.

Harro has carried out research in the context of several projects funded by the European Commission, the Nordic Council of Ministers, the OECD, the Swedish government and the Dutch government. In addition to his teaching at UEF, he has taught at the University of Oxford, VU University Amsterdam, and he leads the module on ‘Equity and Adaptation’ for the LLM in Climate Change Law and Policy at the University of Strathclyde.

Harro was a Marie Curie Fellow at the University of Oxford’s Environmental Change Institute (ECI), and a researcher at the Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM) at the VU University Amsterdam, where he received his PhD (cum laude) in 2013. He was a visiting researcher at the Tokyo Institute of Technology in Japan (2007), the University of Georgia School of Law in the United States (2008), and the Finnish Institute of International Affairs (2012).

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Oscar Widerberg is a researcher and PhD candidate at the Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM) at the VU University Amsterdam and the Amsterdam Institute for Global Change (AGCI). Prior to IVM, Oscar worked as an energy and environment consultant for Ecorys, an economic research consultancy, and Triple E Consulting, carrying out assignments for the European Commission, the World Bank, NGOs, and the European Parliament. Before entering academia and consultancy, he pursued  traineeships in the field of environment, climate change and energy, at the European Commission’s delegation to the UN in New York; the UN’s Dept. for Economic and Social Affairs’ (DESA) Division for Sustainable Development at the UN headquarters in New York; and in the energy efficiency team at the European Climate Foundation in the Hague. Oscar holds a 2-year Prestige Research Master of Science in Environmental Science (Policy and Management track) from the Utrecht University in the Netherlands, and a Bachelor of Social Science in International Relations from Malmö University in Sweden. His Master thesis was nominated for the Rachel Carson environmental thesis prize of the Dutch organization for environmental professionals.

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Fariborz Zelli is Associate Professor at the Department of Political Science at Lund University. His major research interests include institutional complexity, global climate governance, deforestation, and the environmental role of the World Trade Organization. He is directing the international project NAVIGOV on ‘Navigating Institutional Complexity in Global Climate Governance’. The project is funded by the Swedish research council Formas and focuses on institutional fragmentation in three fields of climate governance: short-lived climate pollutants, reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD), and climate geo-engineering.

Prior to joining Lund University, he worked at the German Development Institute and the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research.

He is vice-chair of the Environmental Studies Section of the International Studies Association and academic advisor to the Earth System Governance Project.

His publications include Environmental Politics and Governance in the Anthropocene (2016, Routledge), the Encyclopedia of Global Environmental Governance and Politics (2016, Elgar), a special issue of Global Environmental Politics on institutional fragmentation (2013, as guest editor) and Global Climate Governance Beyond 2012 (2010, Cambridge University Press). He has further published on institutional fragmentation with MIT Press, Elgar and Routledge and the journals Global Governance and WIREs: Climate Change.