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Karl Holmberg's research focuses on the politics of plastics. This involves a wide range of social science approaches related to plastics as a material and phenomenon. Karl has written about the lock-in effects of plastics, norms and cultures related to plastics, governance and policy of plastics and the political economy of plastics. 

Karl's thesis project focuses on how the disposability of plastic came to be normalised in Sweden during the 1950s, 60s and 70s. First through the rise of the supermarket, and as a result of this the strong growth of the packaging industry and the increased need for waste management in the wake of disposability. 

Karl also has a strong interest in philosophy, political theory, sociology, history, comparative politics, international relations and environmental politics. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production

UKÄ subject classification

  • Political Science

Free keywords

  • Material Politics
  • Politics of plastics
  • Environmental Politics
  • International Political Economy


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