Making sense of Sweden’s role in the 2030 Agenda in the light of global change

The Swedish government has expressed the ambition to be a global leader in working towards sustainability and achieving the UN 2030 Agenda. At the same time Sweden has a relatively high ecological footprint and unsustainable consumption patterns.

My PhD dissertation is part of the research programme Mistra Geopolitics that aims to critically examine the dynamics of geopolitics, human security and environmental change. Sweden is integrated in complex systems where resources and goods flow across the globe. We could thereby be influenced by geopolitical and environmental change happening at locations outside of Sweden at the same time as we are causing environmental impacts globally. Besides this, Sweden has taken on a prominent role in the UN 2030 Agenda that calls for radical societal transformations to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals for all. What opportunities and challenges does this entail for Swedish actors? What roles, responsibilities and agency do Swedish actors possess?

Visualisation supported focus groups

To investigate how Swedish actors from government agencies, non-governmental organisations, business and academia makes sense of these issues I work with focus groups. To support and facilitate the focus group discussions, we have developed interactive visualisation tools where for example crop trade and mineral and metal reserves, such as phosphorus, can be examined. Sustainable food production and consumption and phosphorus use are key themes in my research.

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