Climate and power

What is seen as environmental problems, and how they should best be solved, change over time and across contexts. These matters are closely connected with power, privileges and views on knowledge, and need to be understood in connection with greater social and cultural patterns.

In my research I study power dimensions of environmental and climate change, drawing on intersectional analysis which is developed within feminist, anti-racist and postcolonial scholarship.

Questions I ask include:

  • How is environmental knowledge produced and how does it gain legitimacy?
  • How are environmental issues made sense of in particular contexts?
  • How is responsibility, vulnerability and authority distributed in relation to environmental change?
  • What persons and actions are included in perceptions of environmental friendliness and solutions to environmental problems?
  • How does political change come about in the area of environmental issues, and what are the drivers of such change?


Research Projects & Programmes

Environmental activism as driver of change

In this project I study how environmental activism is shaped in Sweden, and its potential to increase awareness and influence politics. The empirical focus is on resistance to mineral extraction and mobilizations for climate justice.

Practising green futures? 

This project concerns ideas of circular economy, which have recently gained popularity in political, scientific and business discourse. Together with my colleagues, I explore how this concept is made sense of, and how so-called ecopreneurs perceive their own role in the strive towards circular resource flows.

Project title: Practising green futures? Ecopreneurship and social entrepreneurship in a circular economy

Decarbonisation leadership

This project asks questions about how leadership is expressed in relation to climate change. We study how various actors - from international organisations to governments and non-state actors - practice leadership, and how this is perceived by other groups. Hereby we contribute to knowledge about the potential mechanisms of transformation to a more sustainable and fossil-free society.




Anna Kaijser, David Larsson Heidenblad

Young activists in muddy boots: Fältbiologerna and the ecological turn in Sweden, 1959–1974

In Scandinavian Journal of History

Article in journal

Peer-reviewed publications

Kaijser, Anna & David Larsson Heidenblad (2017). Young activists in muddy boots: Fältbiologerna and the ecological turn in Sweden, 1959–1974. Scandinavian Journal of History, published online 2017-10-05

Henriksson, Malin & Anna Kaijser (2017). Att ställa andra frågor: Intersektionalitet och feministisk politisk ekologi (English: To ask other questions: Intersectionality and feminist political ecology). In Jönsson, E. and E. Andersson (Eds.) Politisk Ekologi: En antologi om makt och miljöer. Studentlitteratur

Kaijser, Anna & Annica Kronsell (2016). Who gets to know about nature? Biodiversity and ecosystem services through an intersectional lens. Freiburger Zeitschrift für Geschlechterstudien 22:2

Kaijser, Anna (2016). Tensiones y utopías: Las políticas ambientales bolivianas bajo el mandato de Evo Morales (English: Tensions and utopias: Bolivian environmental struggles under Evo Morales). Ecología Política, no 51, special issue on political ecology in Latin America

Kaijser, Anna (2016). Can big be made sustainable? Environmental contestations over the ESS and MAX IV. In Sandell, K. and J. Rekers (Eds.) New big science in focus:  Perspectives on ESS and MAX IV. Lund Studies in Arts and Cultural Sciences

Kaijser, Anna (2014). Who is Marching for Pachamama? An Intersectional Analysis of Environmental Struggles in Bolivia under the Government of Evo Morales. Doctoral Thesis, LUCSUS, Lund University

Kaijser, Anna & Annica Kronsell (2014). Climate Change through the Lens of Intersectionality. Environmental Politics 23:3

Kaijser, Anna (2013). White ponchos dripping away? Glacier narratives in Bolivian climate change discourse. In Methmann, C., D. Rothe and B. Stephan (Eds) Deconstructing the Greenhouse. Interpretive approaches to global climate governance. Routledge

Kaijser, Anna (2011). Intersektionalitet för klimatsolidaritet: Om klimatdiskussionen i Bolivia och vikten av analytisk komplexitet (English: Intersectionality for climate solidarity: On climate discussions in Bolivia and the importance of analytical complexity. Tidskrift för Genusvetenskap 2011:4




Blog post about the Malexander Walkshop

"We started planning the Malexander Walkshop in earnest on a bus from Rindö to Artipelag in June 2017. The moment of conception is important to note because it represents the problem we explored on the walk. On the bus we snared a tiny piece of time to make a plan for a big scholarly event. “Quick!” we said. “Let’s talk about this before you rush off over here and I rush off over there!” In the lead up to the Malexander walkshop (eventually falling on October 30-31), there were mixed emotions in the group; some of us were eager to get out into the forest, some quite stressed by the imposition of an overnight work trip to a strange town and others apologetic they could only stay for one day. But the divergent feelings soon subsided as we headed out of Linköping towards the town via lakes and rivers, stopping once to get supplies. At that point we had committed to head out of town together, and in so doing had physically agreed to set aside a decent portion of time to think, talk, collaborate...."

To the SeedBox Blog

Participants on Malexander WalkshopWorkshop participants on hike, Lillsjön, Malexander, October 2017. Photo credit: Emelie Fälton


CV in short

  • 2018
    Lecturer, Department of Thematic Studies: Environmental Change, Linköping University.

  • 2016
    Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Thematic Studies: Environmental Change, Linköping University.

  • 2014
    PhD degree in Sustainability Science, Lund University.


Deputy Program Director; Postdoctoral Fellow of The Seed Box: An Environmental Humanities Collaboratory


I give public lectures on intersectionality and climate change.

Selected presentations:

  • Lecture on Gender, Intersectionality and Climate Change, event at the
    Drivhuset climate festival, Norrköping.
  • Lecture on Gender, Intersectionality and Climate Change, Gender and
    Environment Network (GeMiNI), Stockholm.
  • Participation in public panel talk on gender and climate change, ABF (Workers’
    Educational Association), Stockholm.

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