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Veronica Brodén Gyberg

Associate Professor

The preconditions for climate adaptation and transition vary significantly depending on context. I study narratives about the fossil free transition in Sweden as well as how environment and climate aid is done in, with and for low-income countries.

Studying the preconditions for just transitions

My research interests concern environmental politics and the preconditions for just transitions locally and globally. Based on qualitative methods and inspired by discourse analytical approaches as well as ideas about future making, I study how the preconditions for transition are perceived and made, both in Sweden and internationally.

The preconditions for climate adaptation and transition vary significantly depending on context, both between and within countries, depending on for example geographical location, socioeconomic conditions, political systems and adaptation capacities. In our current project I study how Sweden can make the fossil free transformation inclusive and just. The study focuses on cities that depend on fossil-intensive industries and infrastructures for local employment and tax revenues and examines how the fossil-free society is imagined by local actors and imbricated in the (re)making of subjects, places, and conditions of life. My focus is on future making, tracing what actions and solutions that municipal and corporate actors see as enabling progression towards a fossil free future.

Through text analysis and interviews, I also study how the relationship between research and (sustainable) development is portrayed and shaped within foreign aid, highlighting the nexus between foreign policy and science policy. In addition to this, I am interested in environment and climate aid and have studied how climate and security is integrated in Swedish development cooperation.


All publications


Veronica Brodén Gyberg (2023) Sweden's Research Aid Policy: The Role of Science in Development
Malin Andersson, Veronica Brodén Gyberg (2023) Sustaining business as usual or enabling transformation?: A discourse analysis of climate change mitigation policy in Swedish municipalities Environmental Policy and Governance Continue to DOI
Lazare Nzeyimana, Åsa Danielsson, Lotta Andersson, Veronica Brodén Gyberg (2023) Success and failure factors for increasing Sub-Saharan African smallholders' resilience to drought through water management International Journal of Water Resources Development, Vol. 39, p. 273-293 Continue to DOI
Eva Lövbrand, Veronica Brodén Gyberg (2023) In the Shadow of an Oil Refinery: Narrating Just Transitions in the City of Lysekil The politics and governance of decarbonization: The interplay between state and non-state actors in Sweden
Veronica Brodén Gyberg (2023) Catalyzing industrial decarbonization?: (in the session "Designing liveable fossil-free futures for all? In search for justice in democratised imagination, knowledge and governance")



My teaching is concentrated to the Environmental Science Program and the MSc in Science for Sustainable Development. I have experience of course leadership of both large (30hp) and smaller courses (7.5hp). Some of the topics that I have experience of and do teaching within:

  • Methods: text analysis and interview methodology
  • Gender, environment and climate
  • Research ethics
  • Theories of science
  • Colonialisms, science and sustainable development
  • Foreign aid, environment and climate
  • Supervision of student theses



  • 2014
    PhD in technology and social change, Linköping University
  • 2005
    MA in Science, Technology and Society, Linköping University
  • 2001
    BA in Politics and International Relations, University of New South Wales, Australia


  • LiU:s evaluation group for Minor Field Studies (MFS)
  • LiU:s working group, sustainable development in undergraduate education
  • Reference group for LiU:s strategic work with countries in Africa


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