This research programme aims to develop a knowledge base that will provide a better understanding of how environmental and natural resource challenges interact with new social, political and economic patterns in the world.
One result from the year was a survey of global phosphorus flows that both exert environmental impact and are geopolitically vulnerable.
Researchers in the programme devised several global geopolitical scenarios that were presented at a seminar at the Swedish Defence University. In cooperation with experts in various fields, these scenarios have been developed further. They show four different images of the world in 2050, dominated by such aspects as strong states, local forces or competing regions.
The programme was represented at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP24) in Katowice, Poland, and presented its research, including that on climate finance, at a side event, and accumulated knowledge of the ongoing international policy process.