Professor Linnér analyses how the political processes and actors affect conditions for social changes towards sustainable development in different parts of the world. An important part of his research is to develop new methods and platforms for analysis, such as Norrköping decision arena, climate visualization and surveys of international negotiations. Linnér has long experience in research dialogues with various societal actors, such as the climate convention’s secretariat, governments, businesses and environmental organizations.
He is a member of the Research council of the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency and its scientific council for ecosystem services and biological diversity. He is fellow of the Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry and Associate Senior Fellow at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).