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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. 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. 

My current research centers on the politics, political economy and political ecology of climate change mitigation, with a particular focus on negative emissions / carbon removal. The research projects that I am part of for example study the politics of modelling negative emissions in integrated assessment models; the assumptions underpinning projections of large-scale carbon removal; and the extent and form in which these are being taken up by policy makers in different countries. My research also investigates the implementation of specific carbon removal projects, through technologies ranging from perennial agriculture to large-scale tree planting, bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) and direct air capture (DAC). This involves, for example, examining the political and economic conditions for project implementation across different geographies and the political economy of project development and finance. A key theme running through my research is the question of climate justice. 

All my publications are available through researchgate. If you would like to access the published version for any of them and cannot get a hold of it, just send me an email.

UKÄ subject classification

  • Human Geography
  • Social Sciences Interdisciplinary


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


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  • Klimatet och valet

    Jonas Bane (Chair), Göran Finnveden (Invited speaker), Max Åhman (Invited speaker), Katarina Hedlund (Invited speaker), Åsa Kasimir Klemedtsson (Invited speaker), Wim Carton (Invited speaker), Filip Johnsson (Invited speaker), Max Koch (Invited speaker), Sverker Carlsson (Invited speaker), Helena Gellerman (Contributor), Lorentz Tovatt (Contributor), Jessica Rosencrantz (Contributor), Hanna Westerén (Contributor), Martin Kinnunen (Contributor), Jens Holm (Contributor) & Lina Nikoleris (Member of programme committee)

    2022 May 18

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in public lecture/debate/seminar

  • What is lost and what is gained as we rise out of the carbon ruins?

    Ludwig Bengtsson Sonesson (Role not specified), Wim Carton (Member of panel), Kimberly Nicholas (Member of panel) & Mia-Marie Hammarlin (Member of panel)

    2019 Apr 8

    Activity: Talk or presentationPublic lecture/debate/seminar