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Concerns the critical evaluation of synergies and conflicts between policies and institutions to address climate change, biodiversity threats and ecosystem resilience, as well as formulation of policies and strategies leading to an integrated policy manag

Concerns the critical evaluation of synergies and conflicts between policies and institutions to address climate change, biodiversity threats and ecosystem resilience, as well as formulation of policies and strategies leading to an integrated policy management in these areas. The cluster brings together expertise in political science and environmental economics at Lund University and University of Gothenburg with natural scientists to provide a scientific basis for the development of integrated policies that can address the overall problems of climate change, deforestation and biodiversity loss.

These are the major research areas:

Institutional Fragmentation

Global climate governance today does not only take place in UN negotiations. It is marked by a variety of international institutions dealing with topics as diverse as biodiversity, international trade and security.

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Forestry governance

Since the 1980s, global governance arrangements have been set up to reduce the rate of deforestation and forest degradation. These arrangements incorporate of a complex hybrid mix of international law, soft law, and non-government performance-based measures. The development within global environmental governance (GEG) on forestry forest governance, has seen a change its focus from logging to sustainability to climate change.  This has led to conflicts between an increasingly diverse group of stakeholders on the goals of forest governance should be and the most appropriate means to achieve them.

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Natural and social dimensions of carbon accounting

This research area investigates the effect of different paradigms for estimating green house gas (GHG) budgets for a defined geographical region (e.g. Fennoscandia) on the feasibility, accuracy and political implications for measuring, reporting and verifying carbon budgets.

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Management and Decision-Making on Landuse, Forestry, Ecosystems

This area includes research on natural resource management, stakeholder interaction, modelling anthropogenic landscape change with integration of ecological and economic models, agent-based land use modelling and multi-level decision making. The main focus is on agriculture and forests.

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Power, Inequality and Inequity in climate and biodiversity governance

Climate change challenges governments but institutions provide guidelines for climate responses. Emissions patterns, exposure and attitudes towards climate solutions vary across different social groups, defined by intersecting factors like gender, class, age and ethnicity. Our previous studies show that social differences have not been recognized in Scandinavian climate policymaking. This project explores the reasons for this lack of recognition of social categories in Swedish climate policymaking.

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Bio-energy and land-use governance

This area focuses on research concerning conservation programs, bio-energy policies on agricultural production, land-use and biodiversity, ecosystem services and global biomass trade in the context of land use, equity and global security.

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Governing Agricultural Policy

Organic farming is marketed as an approach that can benefit the health of ecosystem, animal welfare, food quality and health, and the sustainable resource use.  With the increasing awareness of biodiversity conservation, organic production is attracting significant policy attention.  We examine the role of spatial and neighborhood factors on the uptake of organic farming using a micro spatial parcel data and detailed measures of spatial factors. 

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Cluster coordinators:
Annica Kronsell

Phone: +46 (0)46 222 8944
Email: annica.kronsell [at] svet.lu.se

Fariborz Zelli
Phone: +46 (0)46 222 4764
Email: Fariborz.Zelli [at] svet.lu.se

Jessica Coria
Phone: +46 (0)31 786 4867
Email: jessica.coria [at] economics.gu.se

Deputy cluster coordinator:
Katarina Hedlund

Phone: +46 (0)46 222 37 98
Email: katarina.hedlund [at] biol.lu.se