Thomas Hickmann

Associate senior lecturer, Associate Professor

Personal profile


My overriding scholarly motivation is to advance social scientific knowledge on the global governance of transboundary challenges. Within this broad field, I am especially intrigued by the question of how societies can adequately deal with global common goods and which institutions need to be in place to overcome collective action problems, such as climate change, biodiversity loss, and land degradation, and promote the goal of global sustainability and peace.

My main research interests include multi-level governance dynamics in world politics, public and private authority in global sustainability politics, and the role of cities and transnational actors in climate policy.


Thomas obtained his doctoral degree from the University of Potsdam in Germany and prior to joining the Department of Political Science at Lund University he worked at the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development of Utrecht University in the Netherlands.

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 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

UKÄ subject classification

  • Political Science

Free keywords

  • Multi-Level Governance
  • Global Sustainability Politics
  • Climate Policy
  • International Relations
  • Public Administration


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