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Björn-Ola Linnér

Björn-Ola Linnér is professor in Environmental Change and at the Centre for Climate Science and Policy Research at Linköping University, Sweden, where he was the previous director (2006-2010). He is also Programme Director for Mistra Geopolitics as well as an associate research fellow at Stockholm Environment Institute and the Institute for Science, Innovation and Society (InSIS) at Oxford University,  


His research focuses on international policy-making on climate change, food security and sustainable development. His recent publications analyse integration of policies on climate change, sustainable development and low-carbon energy technologies as well as climate visualisation, transnational governance and utopian/dystopian thought in climate science and policy. Published books include among others The Return of Malthus: Environmentalism and Postwar Population–Resource Crises and the co-authored The Political Economy of Climate Change Adaptation on Palgrave Macmillan.


Among his awards, he is particularly glad for the Junior Faculty Prize for a Sustainable Research Environment in 2009 for promoting young researchers’ careers. He has been part of several Swedish and international committees. As a researcher he has been actively involved in the international climate negotiations for several years. He was member of the Swedish delegation at the Adaptation and Approval of the fourth Assessment Synthesis Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Valencia, Spain 2007. He has been visiting research fellow at  CIRES, Center for Science and Technology Policy Research, University of Colorado.  the Institute for Science, Innovation and Society (InSIS) at Oxford University, University of California at Santa Cruz and Hall Centre for the Humanities, University of Kansas. He is also one of the co-leaders of the Centre for Excellence Nordic Strategic Adaptation Research (NORD-STAR).

Political Economy of Adaptation

New Book:

Benjamin Sovacool and Björn-Ola Linnér

The Political Economy of Climate Change Adaptation​

Palgrave Macmillan, 21 October 2015


Recent Publications

Sovacool, B, Linnér, B-O & Klein, RJT (2016). Climate change adaptation and the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF): Qualitative insights from policy implementation in the Asia-Pacific. Climatic Changedoi:10.1007/s10584-016-1839-2.

Glaas, E, Gammelgaard Ballantyne, A, Neset, T-S & Linnér, B-O (2016).  Visualization for supporting individual climate change adaptation planning: Assessment of a web-based tool. Landscape and Urban Planning. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.landurbplan.2016.09.018

Neset T-S, Glaas E, Ballantyne AG, Linnér B-O, Opach T, Navarra C, et al. (2016). Climate change effects at your doorstep: Geographic visualization to support Nordic homeowners in adapting to climate changeApplied Geography. 74:65-72.

Amars, L., Fridahl, M., Hagemann, M., Röser, F. & Linnér, B.-O. (2016) The transformational potential of Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions in Tanzania: assessing the concept’s cultural legitimacy among stakeholders in the solar energy sector. Local Environment, Doi: 10.1080/13549839.2016.1161607.

Nasiritousi, N., Hjerpe, M., & Linnér, B-O. (2016). The roles of non-state actors in climate change governance: understanding agency through governance profiles. International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics, 16(1), 109-126.

Nasiritousi, N. & Linnér, B-O. (2016). Open or closed meetings? Explaining nonstate actor involvement in the international climate change negotiationsInternational Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law & Economics. 16(1), 127-144.

Johansson, J., Opach, T., Glaas, E., Neset, T.-S., Navarra, C., Linnér, B.-O., Rød, J. K. (in press) VisAdapt: A visualization tool to support climate change adaptation. IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications.

Juhola S, Glaas E, Linnér B-O, Neset T-S. (2016). Redefining maladaptation. Environmental Science & Policy. (55), Part 1:135-40.

Sovacool, B.K., B.-O. Linner, and M.E. Goodsite, The political economy of climate adaptation. Nature Climate Change, 2015. 5(7): p. 616-618.

Glaas, E., Gammelgaard Ballantyne, A. Neset, T-S, Linnér, B-O, Navarra, C., Johansson, J., Opach, T., Rød J.K. and Goodsite, M. E.  Facilitating climate change adaptation through communication: Insights from the development of a visualization tool. Energy Research and Social Science, 2015, 10, 57-61. 

Fridahl, M. & B.-O. Linnér (2015). Perspectives on the Green Climate Fund: Possible Compromises on Capitalization and Balanced Allocation. Climate and Development. 8 (2): 105-109.

Linnér, B-O and Wibeck, V. (2015). Dual high-stake emerging technologies: a review of the climate engineering research literatureWiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate ChangeDOI: 10.1002/wcc.333.

Uhrqvist, O and Linnér, B-O. (2015). Narratives of the past for Future Earth: The historiography of global environmental change researchThe Anthropocene Review doi:10.1177/2053019614567543.

Fridahl, M., Upadhayay, P. & Linnér, B.-O. (2014). Supporting Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions through the Green Climate Fund: Governance Capacities and ChallengesCarbon Climate and Law Review, 4: 257–269.


Linnér, B-O. and Pielke Jr., R. ”Kasta inte ut barnet med badvattnet” Dagens Nyheter, DN-Debatt 2013.09.27

Linnér, B-O. and Pielke Jr., R.  ”Mer auktoritär politik inte lösningen på klimatfrågan” Dagens Nyheter, DN-Debatt 2013.09.27. 

Op-Ed in the Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter that discusses the role of experts in politics. We argue that, "a commitment to democratic governance means accepting that power rests with the people, and not the experts." An English version can be found on the following websites:

The Breakthrough Institute: Deepening Democracy:Scientists & Experts Must Guide, Not Usurp, Climate Negotiations

The Energy Collective: IPCC Report: Deepening Democracy 

The full debate in English is published at the CSTPR website.


The International Negotiations Survey: 9000 responses from UN Climate Change Conferences since 2007 and at Rio +20.








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