Wim Carton


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. The two research projects that I am currently involved in to some extent build on this. The first project, for which I received a FORMAS mobility grant, studies two carbon offsetting projects in the global South, 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 sustainability problems this gives rise to. Secondly, I'm currently coordinating a larger research project on Sustainability and Resilience in which, 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.

Theoretically and methodologically, my research is situated within the broad field of political ecology, and in the past has drawn inspiration from debates on the commodification and neoliberalization of nature. My other research interests include energy studies, environmental and climate justice, environmental history, Marxist political economy, the political ecology of sustainable agriculture and plant breeding.

Recent research outputs

Wim Carton, Erik Jönsson & Bustos, B. 2017 May 23 In : Society and Natural Resources. 30, 7, p. 789-796

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