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Past projects

Who Saves Energy and Why among Swedish Households? (2009–)


Project leader: Lennart J. Lundqvist
Participating researchers: Aksel Sundström, Johan Martinsson
Funding: Expert Group for Environmental Studies, 380.000 SEK, granted in 2009

The project explore which factors that explains energy saving and the willingness to pay for green electricity among Swedish households. The foundation of the study is the yearly survey from the SOM-institute since 2004. The ambition is to, as far as possible, enable policy recommendations regarding specified policy instruments for increased energy savings.

Heading towards efficient management of fisheries. How regime legitimacy affect user’s compliance (2007–)


Project leader: Sverker C. Jagers
Participating researchers: Daniel Berlin, Ulrika Möller
Funding: FORMAS, 3,31 Million SE, granted in November 2006

The project studies compliance mechanisms in the European and Swedish fisheries management regimes. It explores the relations between trust, legitimacy, social norms and institutional compliance.


International Organizations, Aid and Quality of Government (2007–)


Project leader: Monika Bauhr
Participating researchers: Nagmeh Nasiritousi
Funding: Riksbankens Jubileumsfond (RJ)

The aim of the project is to investigate which role international organizations plays in improving governance and decreasing corruption and how and why this contributes to sustainable development.

Governance for a high environmental quality of the Baltic Sea (2010–2015)

Project leader: Sverker Molander (Environment System Analysis, Chalmers)
Participating researchers: Mathias Zannakis, Sverker C. Jagers
Funding: Riksbankens Jubileumsfond (RJ), 2,2 Million SEK, granted in October 2008

The aim of the project is to contribute to an empirical and theoretical base, required for multi-level environmental policies. This aim will be fulfilled through the development of a conceptual model able to describe linkages between the very local actors, the local and regional institutional settings and the ecosystem.

Fair and Feasible Climate Change Adaptation (2009–2015)

Project leader: Sverker C. Jagers (VR) & Göran Duus-Otterström (FORMAS)
Participating researchers: Johannes Stripple
Funding: The Swedish Research Council & FORMAS, 3.483 Million SEK (SRC) & 1.965 Million SEK (FORMAS), granted in November 2008

The aim of the project is to address the increasingly important and publicly highlighted climate change strategy of adaptation from an ethical and institutional perspective. It aims at answering two overarching questions. First, what are the outlines of a fair politics of adaptation? Second, given the answer to the question regarding fair distribution, what institutional arrangements are needed to bring about a fair adaptation of climate change?

Fisheries in sub-Saharan Africa: A comparative study of property rights institutions and sustainable development (2007–2015)


Project leader: Sverker C. Jagers
Participating researchers: Martin Sjöstedt
Funding: The Swedish Research Council, 2,2 Million SEK, granted in October 2006

The purpose of this research project is to provide high quality academic research and empirically grounded policy advice on the relationship between institutional arrangements and fisheries outcomes in southern Africa. With an explicit focus on enforcement mechanisms, we also set out to contribute to a deeper theoretical understanding of institutional change and institutional dynamics inherent in various property rights institutions.


Communication, Organisation, Policy Instruments, Efficiency (COPE). Research on Ways of Achieving the Swedish Objective of ‘Limited Influence on Climate’ (2002–2006)

Project leader:
Lennart J. Lundqvist

Other participants:
Monika Bauhr (Department of Political Science, UoG)
Anders Biel (Department of Psychology, UoG)
Chris von Borgstede (Department of Psychology, UoG))
Kristina Ek (Economics Luleå University of Technology)
Lena Gipperth (Law, UoG)
Henrik Hammar, (Economics, UoG)
Sverker C. Jagers (Department of Political Science, UoG)
Åsa Löfgren (Economics, UoG)
Gabriel Michanek (Law, Luleå University of Technology)
Andreas Nilsson (Department of Psychology, UoG)
Maria Pettersson (Law, Luleå University of Technology)
Johannes Stripple (Department of Political Science, Lund University)
Patrik Söderholm (Economics Luleå University of Technology)
Mathias Zannakis (Department of Political Science, UoG)

Funding: Naturvårdsverket, 12 Mkr, approved 2001

Built on research cooperation among several disciplines at the University of Gothenburg, and with cooperation from the universities of Lund and Luleå, the 2002-2006 COPE program addressed four major problems and challenges facing the introduction and effective implementation of climate policy instruments:

• Communication of knowledge: The organization and communication of knowledge among scientists, policymakers and the general public is crucial to the public acceptance, and thus ultimately, the effectiveness of climate policy measures.
• Organization of action: The cross-scale character of the climate issue implies a need for coordination and cooperation between governments, interest groups and individual actors from the global to the local level, from strategy formulation to implementation and evaluation.
• Preferences and power relations: The power relations and predispositions among actors involved in the process of selecting, implementing and being affected by the climate policy confront society with intricate problems of securing the legitimacy and feasibility of climate policy measures.
• Effectiveness and efficiency: The international climate discussions and agreements confront national climate policies with strong challenges in terms of the compatibility, and thus ultimately the effectiveness and efficiency of selected instruments and instrument combinations.

The COPE program resulted in more than 50 published academic papers and a final volume, FROM KYOTO TO THE TOWN HALL - Making International and National Climate Policy
Work at the Local Level, London: Earthscan 2007.

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