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Power, Inequality and Inequity in climate and biodiversity governance

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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.

Power in Climate Institutions: intersectional relations in Swedish climate policy

This project explores the reasons for this lack of recognition of social categories in Swedish climate policymaking. We contribute theoretically by advancing a framework combining institutional theory with intersectional theory. We study climate institutions because social categories are reproduced, questioned, resisted, and changed through institutional practices.

The framework will be developed and applied in studying climate policymaking by asking: Why has Swedish climate policymaking developed in a way in which social differences are not recognized and what are the potential consequences of such exclusion? Which institutional processes, practices and norms have shaped climate policy making in this direction? How can the awareness of policy makers be raised in regards to social categorizations and differences in climate policy making?

The project also advances an intersectional methodology on how to study climate institutions. The methodology is to increase understanding on what it means for climate institutions to perceive social categories seriously and relevant for policymaking.

Contact: Annica Kronsell,

Involved researchers:Gunnhildur Magnusdottir, Anna Kaijser