Wim Carton

Associate Senior Lecturer

Research areas and keywords

UKÄ subject classification

  • Human Geography
  • Social Sciences Interdisciplinary


  • climate change, commodification, political ecology, emissions trading, enviornmental geography


I'm a Human Geographer by training, with a background in Development Studies, International Relations and History. My main academic objective is to help understand society-nature relations, and how these are changed and articulated through various sustainability challenges. Broadly speaking, my research is focused on the political economy of climate change mitigation and adaptation. My PhD thesis, which I defended in September 2016, examined various market-based mechanisms for climate and energy policy and sought to understand the environmental outcomes they generate. 

I am currently involved in three research projects. The first project, funded through a FORMAS mobility grant, studies a carbon offsetting project in Uganda, with direct links to Swedish consumers. The focus in this project is on the notion of 'carbon', the way it is conceptualized and practiced at different moments along the carbon offsetting value chain, and the conflicts and incommensurabilities these different understandings of carbon give rise to. The second project is a larger research collaboration on Sustainability and Resilience in which I am currently the coordinator. Together with smallholder farmers in Uganda, we are experimenting with various perennial farming systems as a way to decrease vulnerability to extreme weather events and other environmental stressors. The third project is an international study within the FORMAS national programme on climate change, where we are investigating the political economy of the negative emissions idea, as it emerges from the work of the IPCC, from Integrated Assessment Models, and from pilot studies in Sweden and the US. 

Theoretically and methodologically, my research is situated within the broad fields of political ecology and the political economy of climate change mitigation. In past writings I have drawn inspiration from debates on the commodification and neoliberalization of nature, critical energy studies, climate justice, etc., though I would say my academic interests are wide-ranging, and continue to grow.

Recent research outputs

Guðmundsdottir, H., Wim Carton, Henner Busch & Vasna Ramasar, 2018 Dec 3, In : Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space. 1, 4, p. 579–601 23 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Edstedt, K. & Wim Carton, 2018 Dec 1, In : Geoforum. 97, p. 315-323 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Henner Busch, Vasna Ramasar, Wim Carton & Guðmundsdottir, H., 2018 Nov 24, Science Nordic 5 p.

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