Karina Barquet is a Research Fellow. She joined SEI in August 2015.
Karina has a background in Human Geography (PhD) from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Development Studies (MsC) from Lund University, and Peace and Conflict Studies (Ba) from Malmö University. Her research focuses on the political and social dimensions of environmental governance. Key themes include environmental security, transnational governance, political ecology, border studies, and politics of scale.
In her work, she has explored the ways in which global discourses of risk, environmental governance, and security are translated and understood in specific geographies, and how local needs and responses to global changes can in turn shape policy. Karina is particularly interested in how the interrelation between different environmental challenges coupled with political processes interacts and translates into threats across scales. Her current research ambitions are therefore to further explore these interactions, the risks and opportunities they pose, and potential actions necessary to respond to these risks. Water, is one of the overarching links and has been a key theme in past and current research.
Some of her work has been research-oriented, for instance, to understand the role of the environment in broader geopolitical processes including peacebuilding, or to explore the implications of the politics of scale inherent in multi-scalar governance models like transboundary conservation. Recent work is more applied and solution-oriented research, for instance to explore solutions to coastal risks, to increase participation in the management of risks, or to explore policy and institutional constellations to deal with multi-level governance frameworks.