Environmental concept of the SDGs.

Environmental concept of the SDGs. Image: Metaworks iStock / Getty Images .

“It is with great pleasure and proudness we receive this acknowledgment. Mistra Geopolitics is the largest non-defence funded research programme that creates tools for strong geopolitical foresight for sustainability, in a world characterized by great uncertainty and rapid change. ”

— Björn-Ola Linnér, Programme Director of Mistra Geopolitics and Professor at Linköping University

New demands on society due to COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has placed new demands on society regarding reconstruction and wise, long-term decisions. Mistra Geopolitics’ research into and analysis of the interplay between geopolitical development and strategic environmental policy are unique. The aim moving forward is to understand how transformative processes are remaking the scene for global politics and governance, and thereby advancing the implementation of the 2030 Agenda.

The theme for IVA’s 100 list 2021 is “From knowledge to sustainable crisis preparedness”. It includes technical and economic sciences with a focus on sustainable preparedness for future crises and awards research with the potential to create benefits for business and society, for example through industrial commercialization, method development or societal impact.

Swedish and international companies, authorities and civil society actors involved in these areas can contribute with innovative power to achieving the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda’s Sustainable Development Goals.

“We welcome more actors to participate in creating forecasting tools that identify risks and opportunities for achieving the sustainability development goals in a geopolitically changing world. Foresight, innovation and coherent decision-making are crucial for success.”

— Henrik Carlsen, Deputy Programme Director of Mistra Geopolitics and Senior Research Fellow at SEI

Research with the potential to change the world

By building bridges between the research world and the business community, the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences gives research with the potential to change the world a greater opportunity to be turned into actual benefits, and thereby contribute to increasing society’s resilience.

About Mistra Geopolitics

Mistra Geopolitics examines the dynamics of geopolitics, human security and environmental change. The research programme gathers stakeholder partners including Swedish government agencies, companies and industry associations. The programme is funded by Mistra , the Swedish foundation for strategic environmental research. Twitter: #MistraGeopolitics