BECC - Biodiversity and Ecosystem services in a Changing Climate

The vision of BECC is to provide a world-leading research environment, bringing together excellent research and training at Lund University and the University of Gothenburg, to address society’s growing need for scientific knowledge to inform the consideration of biodiversity and ecosystem services in policy formulation and decision-making, regionally and globally, in the face of a rapidly changing world.

The Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics – an international research institute on the interplay between ecological systems and social and economic development

The Beijer Institute is an international research institute under the auspices of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences with core funding provided by the Kjell and Märta Beijer Foundation. The major objectives of the Beijer Institute are to carry out research and stimulate cooperation to promote a deeper understanding of the interplay between ecological systems and social and economic development. Cooperation efforts include collaborative research between economists and ecologists and related disciplines on fundamental and applied problems in relation to sustainability, as well as teaching and training on those issues nationally and internationally.

The Bolin Centre for Climate Research

The Bolin Centre is a multi-disciplinary consortium of over 300 scientists in Sweden that conduct research and graduate education related to the Earth´s climate. The Bolin Centre focuses on extending and disseminating knowledge about the Earth’s natural climate system, climate variations, climate impacting processes, climate modelling, human impact on the climate and climate impacts on ecosystems, biodiversity and human conditions as well as how society can minimize negative impacts.

CERE Centrum för Miljö- och Naturresursekonomi i Umeå

CERE är ett tvärvetenskapligt forskningscenter inom området miljö- och naturresursekonomi i Umeå. Centret är lokaliserat vid Handelshögskolan (USBE) på Umeå universitet (UmU) och är ett samarbete mellan Umeå universitet och Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet (SLU).


CLINF is a Nordic Center of Excellence, funded by Nordforsk and aims to identify and investigate the effects of climate change on the geographic distribution and epidemiology of human and animal infectious diseases throughout the Nordic region and Russia. Particularly, CLINF will study such climate change effects on northern animal husbandry households in the light of socio-economic and managerial conditions. To turn new understanding, regarding climate change effects on the geographic distribution and epidemiology of climate sensitive infections, into practical tools for decision-makers responsible for the development of northern societies, both by providing relevant data in an accessible form, and by developing an early warning system for climate sensitive infections at the local level.

EfD – a global network of Environmental Economics centers

The Environment for Development Initiative is a growing global network of environmental economics centers (currently 17) hosted by reputable academic institutions and supported by a secretariat at University of Gothenburg with core-support from Sida. EfD supports institutional development, academic capacity building and applied research to increase the use of environmental economics research in policy processes, particularly in the Global South. 1650 publications from EfD research are available on the website along with presentations of centers, researchers, projects and collaborative programs.

ESG - Earth System Governance

ESG - Earth System Governance — a global research alliance, is the largest social science research network in the area of governance and global environmental change. The Earth System Governance research alliance takes up the challenge of exploring political solutions and novel, more effective governance mechanisms to cope with the current transitions in the biogeochemical systems of the planet. The normative context of this research is sustainable development; earth system governance is not only a question of institutional effectiveness, but also of political legitimacy and social justice. ESG is coordinated by Lund University (LUCSUS) 2011-2018 and from January 2019 by Utrecht University (Copernicus Institute). The network organizes annual open science conferences since 2009; it consists of Research Centres (15 centres of which 2 in Sweden), Lead Faculty, Senior Research Fellows, and Research Fellows. The network is open to all individuals who are interested in environmental and sustainability politics. The Earth System Governance Project is a core project of Future Earth.

The strategic research programme EcoChange

The strategic research programme EcoChange focuses on the effects of climate change on marine ecosystems. Collaboration between several universities enables unique possibilities to perform holistic syntheses of the effects in the Baltic Sea. The research includes different thematic areas, with the Baltic Sea ecosystem as a common denominator.


Focali is a Swedish multidisciplinary research network focusing on forest, bioenergy, climate change and livelihood issues. To tackle global challenges related to these themes, there is an urgent need for policy-making and implementation to be better informed by scientific research. Focali thus works to improve the dialogue between researchers, policy-makers and practitioners. More than 80 researchers from a broad range of Swedish universities and institutions are part of the network. Focali has its secretariat at Gothenburg Centre for Sustainable Development GMV.

Göteborgs luft- och klimatnätverk, GAC

Göteborgs luft- och klimatnätverk, GAC är ett nätverk för atmosfärsrelaterad forskning i Göteborgsregionen, organiserat av GMV. Nätverket verkar för ökat samarbete och bättre samordning av resurser och aktiviteter och omfattar i cirka 200 medlemmar som arbetar med atmosfärsrelaterade frågor. Medlemmarna representerar ett 20-tal olika forskningsgrupper, företag och myndigheter.

Göteborgs centrum för hållbar utveckling

Göteborgs centrum för hållbar utveckling är en del av Chalmers och Göteborgs universitet. Dess uppdrag är att skapa samverkan mellan och inom lärosätena och med viktiga samhällsaktörer för att generera och nyttiggöra kunskap om hållbar utveckling.


INTERACT is an infrastructure project under the auspices of SCANNET, a circumarctic network of currently 84 terrestrial field bases in northern Europe, Russia, US, Canada, Greenland, Iceland, the Faroe Islands and Scotland as well as stations in northern alpine areas. INTERACT specifically seeks to build capacity for research and monitoring in the European Arctic and beyond, and is offering access to numerous research stations through the Transnational Access program. INTERACT is coordinated by Lund University.

Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies LUCSUS

Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies (LUCSUS) is a leading interdisciplinary research centre established at Lund University in 2005. LUCSUS has a unique way of addressing complex sustainability issues from a critical and an integrated natural and social science perspective, and with a solutions-based approach.

MERGE: ModElling the Regional and Global Earth system

MERGE is a strategic research area hosted by the Faculty of Science at Lund University. The vision of MERGE is to establish and develop a major multidisciplinary climate/Earth System modelling node with world leading science and research education on climate/terrestrial biosphere interactions (including vegetation, land use, biogeochemical cycles and aerosols).

Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN)

The UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) Northern Europe is an action-oriented network focusing on mobilizing Nordic scientific and technological expertise to solve problems and create a more sustainable society.

SIGHT - Swedish Institute for Global Health Transformation

SIGHT, established in 2017 with funding from The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, is a new institute under the auspices of The Royal Academy of Sciences. SIGHT’s purpose is to promote an interdisciplinary approach, to strengthen and bridge Swedish research and education, and to provide a scientific basis for national and transnational collaborative policy work, in the field of global health. One way to fulfil its purpose is through the fellowship program, where mid-career researcher from different fields get to know and work with each other. Since 2017 SIGHT has an on-going project on health and climate change in collaboration with the Swedish partner of the Lancet Countdown initiative at Umeå University. (The Lancet Countdown: "Tracking Progress on Health and Climate Change" is an international research collaboration, dedicated to tracking the world’s response to climate change, and the health benefits that emerge from this transition.)

The Stockholm Resilience Centre – an international centre of excellence for resilience and sustainability science

A world-leading science centre at Stockholm University for addressing the complex challenges facing humanity. The mission of the centre is to advance research for governance and management of social-ecological systems to secure ecosystem services for human well-being and resilience for long-term sustainability. Its research is based on innovative methodologies and extensive collaboration across disciplines and with society at large.

Swedish International Centre of Education for Sustainable Development (SWEDESD)

Swedesd är ett forsknings- och utvecklingscentrum inom området lärande och utbildning för hållbar utveckling (ESD). Med utgångspunkt i de globala utmaningarna som wicked problems, d v s problem som är unika och svåra att konceptualisera, förutse och lösa, utgör Swedesd en forskningsbaserad lärandemiljö som bidrar med metoder och verktyg för processledning, implementering och uppskalning av lärande för hållbar utveckling vid Uppsala universitet, i Sverige och i världen. Som en strategisk nationell och internationell nyckelkompetens för utbildning och lärande för hållbar utveckling, bedriver Swedesd också nationell och internationell samverkan inom ESD-området för att skala transformativt lärande för Agenda 2030. Swedesds forskningsbaserade utbildningar riktar sig till lärarutbildare och verksamma lärare i grundskola och vid universitet, samt politiker, andra beslutsfattare, projektledare och andra aktörer i samhället som hanterar komplexa hållbarhetsutmaningar. Swedesd arrangerar forskningsseminarier, konferenser och workshops som skapar mötesplatser och arenor för dialog och samverkan, och driver även Campus Gotland ESD Learning Lab – en treårig satsning på transformativt lärande för hållbar utveckling.