The geopolitics of Covid-19 and climate change – the role of disruptors in the transformation to sustainability

In times of crisis, social structures and institutions are put to the test and normal practices called into question. Disruptive events can lead to the emergence of new cultural expressions, daily routines, power relations and resource distribution. Could the Covid-19 pandemic be the catalyst for a societal transformation toward sustainability, as envisioned by the UN and the European Union? Or will efforts to restore business as usual drive a new surge of carbon emissions, fear and international distrust?

“The corona crisis is a 100-metre race and the climate crisis is a marathon. We have to run both at the same time.” – Victor Galaz, Stockholm Resilience Centre.

Source: SEI.


  • Disruptions: The geopolitics of corona and climate change
    • Björn-Ola Linnér, Professor at Linköping University and Programme Director, Mistra Geopolitics
  • From Covid crisis to climate calm?
    • Dan Smith, Director, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute
  • Covid-19 and the international climate negotiations
    • Mattias Frumerie, Climate Diplomat, Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs
  • Climate action after Covid-19 – Nick Mabey, Chief Executive and founder director, E3G
  • We cannot solve a crisis without treating it as a crisis”
    • Eva Lövbrand, Senior Lecturer, Linköping University, and Co-Director, Mistra Geopolitics
  • After the pandemic – what can we expect?
    • Victor Galaz, Deputy Director and Associate Professor, Stockholm Resilience Centre, and Program Director at the Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics (Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences)
  • Sustainable, just and resilient recovery: translating principles into practice
    • Åsa Persson, Research Director and Deputy Director, SEI

Panel discussion (Q&A session) – Moderator: Eva Krutmeijer