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Daniel Andersson

Associate Professor

My research interests lie at the intersection between the technical cultures, political imaginaries, and historical processes that have shaped the ways in which the global environment has been understood and valued.

I am a postdoctoral researcher at the Department for Thematic Studies, Linköping University.

A general fascination with how concepts and discursive vocabularies become solidified in scientific modes of organization has consistently informed my theoretical and methodological approaches. I have previously written about climate engineering as a sociotechnical imaginary, the role of scenario planning in polycentric governance of climate change mitigation, and the intellectual history of risk management in global change science.

Since the spring of 2023, I have received funding from the Swedish Energy Agency to study the knowledge cultures and institutional settings within which environmental and social risks linked to methods of solar radiation modification have been made sensible. The starting point of the proposed project is that solar radiation modification is not exclusively the term for a set of proposed technologies for managing climate change, nor for a design-oriented research agenda about the feasibility and efficacy of their deployment. Rather, it is at least as crucial to examine solar radiation modification as an imagined form of social order that centers on the expected development and fulfillment of innovative scientific and technological projects, connecting technical concerns about risk assessment and cost-effectiveness to visions about the kind of society we want to live in and how we imagine our relationship to the natural world. Within the project, climate models, as well as the practices with which they are designed and developed, are treated as empirical cases for examining dominant representations of the future, as well as how such representations provide a prospective configuration that affect contemporary, international climate policy. Since the goal of solar radiation modification research must be to understand not only the technical aspects but also the visions, symbols, and associated notions of desirability surrounding its potential deployment, the project seeks to contribute to a more inclusive dialogue between the public, policymakers, and modelers.

Keep an eye out for my genealogy of planetary technicity, forthcoming with punctum books summer 2023.




Daniel Andersson (2023) Ecologies of Integrated Modeling: Configuring Policy-Relevance in Swedish Climate Governance Frontiers in Climate, Vol. 5, Article 1159860 Continue to DOI
Fredrik Envall, Daniel Andersson, Josefin Wangel (2023) Gridlocked: Sociomaterial configurations of sustainable energy transitions in Swedish solar energy communities Energy Research & Social Science, Vol. 102, Article 103200 Continue to DOI
Johan Daniel Andersson (2023) Artificial Earth: A Genealogy of Planetary Technicity


Daniel Andersson (2022) Gambling with Our Climate Futures: On the Temporal Structure of Negative Emissions Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space Continue to DOI
Daniel Andersson (2022) Deep Time Ecstasy: Ponderings from Beyond the Time-Wall, Courtesy of Peter Sloterdijk Cosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy, Vol. 18, p. 577-611


CV in short

  • 2020 –
    Postdoctoral researcher at The Department of Thematic Studies, Environmental Change, Linköping University, Sweden
  • 2020
    Degree of Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Technology and Social Change, Linköping University, Sweden
  • 2014
    Degree of Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Political Science, Stockholm University, Sweden
  • 2013
    Degree of Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Political Science, Stockholm University, Sweden